Many people think of warm beaches and sweltering cities when they think of Spain, but this country also has some impressively high mountain peaks. This ensures a versatile landscape and makes Spain a great destination for anyone looking for challenging hikes and climbing tours. Discover the top 10 highest mountains in Spain here. According to abbrevaitionfinder, Spain is abbreviated as SP.
10. Cylindre du Marboré – 3,328 meters high
In the Spanish Pyrenees you will find Cylindre du Marboré. It is not entirely certain where the mountain owes its name. Marboré is the Spanish word for marble. The mountain may have been named after the marble quarry that was found at the foot of the mountain, but it is also thought that people used to believe that the entire mountain was made of marble.
9. Pico Espadas – 3,332 meters high
The next mountain on this list is the Pico Espadas. This mountain, like many other mountains on this list, is located in the Pyrenees. You can find it in one of the highest areas of this mountain range, surrounded by some of the highest mountains in Spain.
8. Pico Maldito – 3,350 meters high
Pico Maldito is also part of the Pyrenees. The mountain is also located in the Posets-Maladeta National Park. Only very experienced climbers can reach the top of this mountain, because the journey is tough and complicated. It is also possible to explore the surroundings of the Pico Maldito, such as the glacier near the mountain.
7. Monte Perdido – 3,355 meters high
When you visit the valley of Ordesa , you cannot miss Monte Perdido. This mountain marks the end of this famous valley. Although the mountain is called the lost mountain in Dutch, it is a real attraction. Hikers can enjoy a nice walk through the valley and then brave the south side of the mountain, enjoying beautiful views from the top.
6. Alcazaba – 3,371 meters high
This time not a mountain that is part of the Pyrenees, but that belongs to the Sierra Nevada. The Alcazaba therefore has a beautiful location in the south of Spain. The name of the mountain is not Spanish, but rather Arabic. Alcazaba is a corruption of the word for ‘fortress’. The nice thing about the Alcazaba is that this mountain has two very different sides. One side is suitable for hikers, while the other side offers a challenging climb for experienced mountaineers.
5. Pico Posets – 3,375 meters high
The second highest mountain in the Pyrenees is Pico Posets. This mountain is not climbed very often, because most climbers like to brave the highest mountain of this chain. A climb to the top is not easy either. First you have to walk intensively for a few hours, followed by a challenging technical climb. That makes the Pico Posets not suitable for the average walker.
4. Pico Veleta – 3,398 meters high
It is not difficult to reach the top of the Pico Veleta, because the highest asphalt road in Europe is located near the mountain. So you can drive to the mountain by car, getting to about 10 meters below the peak. You only have to get out and climb the last 10 meters to say that you have reached the top of this mountain. The name of this mountain comes from the Arabic word for chopping block, which refers to the blunt shape of the mountain.
3. Aneto – 3,404 meters high
The Aneto is the highest mountain in the Pyrenees and is located in the Posets-Maladeta Natural Park. That makes a climb to the top special enough, of course, but there is more fun to discover at the Aneto. On the north side of this mountain you will also find the southernmost glacier in Europe, which unfortunately shrinks a little every year.
2. Mulhacén – 3,479 meters high
The Mulhacén is part of the Sierra Nevada and is the highest mountain in this chain. Not only that, because it is also the highest mountain on the Spanish mainland. You will also find the southernmost ski area in Europe. Thanks to the high location, you can ski here very well.
1. Teide – 3,718 meters high
The highest mountain in Spain is Teide. This mountain can be found on the island of Tenerife, which is part of the Canary Islands. The Teide is a volcano that also goes far under water. As a result, the mountain has an absolute height of more than 7 kilometers and is one of the highest mountains in the world.