Whether you want high-adrenalin extreme sports adventure tour - on snow, ground or water; wind or gas-fuel-driven; to get about on two wheels or two legs; taking to the air; or calmer, but no less adventurous wild swimming, Andalucia has all the facilities and natural elements for you to indulge in your favourite activities.
If your idea of heaven is to take off into the sky, flying, paragliding and microlighting will all give you unparalleled views of Andalucia's spectacularly varied countryside. If you like bikes, whether motor or mountain, there are plenty of tracks to follow, from gentle converted train routes, with bridges and tunnels, to challenging off-road terrain.
Looking for adventure? Make a bee line for the Zip lines in Andalucia.
Canyoning is an increasingly popular outdoor activity, or extreme sport, which involves descending gorges using a combination of walking, climbing, jumping, sliding, abseiling (rappelling), and… More →
Andalucia is a wonderful place to get off the ground in a paraglider. This exhilarating sport has become increasingly more popular since the 80’s and now many parts of Andalucia have become a… More →
Those who find hiking not quite exciting enough, may like to try mountaineering, rock climbing or caving, all of which are popular in this part of Spain with a wealth of challenges and some of the… More →
Since the inauguration in 2003 a motley crew take part in this low budget alternative rally, which passes through Spain as part of its official route. The rally takes place around New Year and… More →
It was not by chance that Andalucia was chosen as the venue for the 2nd World Air Games in 2001. Indeed, with its excellent all-year-round climate and stunning scenery, it is surely one of the… More →
Over the last decade Andalucia has become popular as an sport destination for flying light aircraft. Whether you already fly, would like to learn or simply want to experience being a passenger… More →
Andalucía is a region with a surprising number and variety of natural caves. Some of these are well-known and open to the public, such as those situated in Nerja, La Pileta and Ardales, but there… More →
EXTREME Adventure Sports in Andalucia
So far as adventure tours go, Andalucia has some of the best venues for a range of sports, which should satisfy the desire for modest thrills and adventure.
Andalucia does not have any skyscrapers to attract base-jumpers. There are, however, plenty of seriously high cliff faces, especially around the Sierra Nevada and Ronda, should you fancy your chances at this off-the-wall (literally) occupation. Basically, what you do is run as fast as you can and hurl yourself off the edge of a cliff, assume the straddle position, manoeuvre yourself as far away from the face as possible and open the 'chute, all within about six or seven seconds, and then float gently to the ground. That's the theory, anyway. The legality of this extreme sport is questionable, particularly in urban areas, although that does seem to add a certain frisson for some. It won't surprise you to know that there is no official organisation for base-jumpers.
In Andalucia many races are held in different sports such as horse riding, motorcycles, bicycles, rally cars or athletics. These events attract many people interested in participating and… More →
Andalucía is a mecca for water sports, thanks to the proximity of the coastlines, as well as the numerous lakes and reservoirs. The most popular sports include sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing,… More →
Extreme sports are defined as activities which involve a high level of danger, and therefore often both speed and height; they're also "counter-cultural", and often (though not always) practised… More →
Skydiving, for those with a bent for the mega-adrenalin rush, is similar to regular free fall parachuting, but much, much, much faster. Aficionados exit the plane and then invert themselves, head pointing straight down, legs together and arms clamped to their sides. The idea, quite simply, is to go as fast as possible...and they do, at times reaching speeds edging around 200mph. Someway prior to hitting the ground, preferably, you just pull out of the dive, assume the normal straddle shape, decelerate and release the parachute. A buzz, or what! Not unnaturally, it is advisable to have mastered free fall in the sit fly and star shape positions before attempting it head first. More>
Speed skiing is exactly what it says - going hell-for-leather straight down a near-vertical, ice-covered track on a pair of skis, described as 'nearly past fear at terminal velocity'. The skis are wider than normal, you carry body-hugging poles, aerodynamic helmets are mandatory, and so is a large helping of courage and a touching faith in your own ability on 240cm-long, 30lb fibreglass planks. In Andalucia, those heading for the Sierra Nevada have to do their fastest down the black runs. Incidentally, you stop by the simple expedient of sliding up a gentle gradient at the end of the run.