Spain is one of the most diverse countries in Europe and it has a lot of activities to offer the visitor.
Along the Spanish coasts you can find facilities for water-skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing, scuba-diving and sailing at nearly all seaside destinations. Hence there are many options to choose from if you like watersports. In high season it can be very busy and booking in advance when possible is advisable.
Spain's top destination for windsurfing and kitesurfing is Tarifa, located on the Straits of Gibraltar. Whitewater rafting and canoeing are practiced on the rapids in northern Spain. Centers are well equipped and have skilled staff.
Scuba-diving in Spain offers some good year-round opportunities with the main diving season being between March and November. Most destinations have interesting dive sites and the marine life is plentiful with many interesting species, especially in the Southern Mediterranean near the Strait of Gibraltar.
Golf is immensely popular, with Costa del Sol and La Manga two of Spain's premier golfing destinations. The south of Spain has over 200 golf courses including the famed fairways of Valderrama, plus many of mainland Europe's finest championship courses. Spain's mild climate allows for a long golf season. Tuition and equipment hire are widely available.
Outstanding opportunities exist for all types of fishing. The rivers and streams of the Pyrenees and the Picos de Europa offer good freshwater game fishing, while trout is abundant throughout the country. For freshwater fishing, permits must be requested from the regional authorities. In addition, there are many opportunities for saltwater fishing along the coasts of Spain, and boats can be hired to go out to see for fishing.
Spain also offers great opportunities for skiing, and there are many natural ski runs and winter resorts, all well equipped with facilities. There are five main skiing regions, including the Pyrenean and Cantabrian range and the southern Sierra Nevada.
If you prefer trekking you'll find great historic or religious paths, like the one used for peregrination to Saint Jacques; cross Spain for those who are ready to walk and to discover the more traditional and authentic side of the country.
Spain is heaven for cycling, but It must be taken into account that Spain is the second most mountainous country in Europe, and the mountains and hills are from coast to coast, so if you travel through it by bicycle you have to be in a good shape.