Who could have guessed that putting together a Top 10 List of Best Spain Waterfalls could be so difficult?
Indeed, of all the countries in Europe that we have visited, we never would have imagined the quantity of waterfalls we’ve encountered in Spain.
In fact, we didn’t even think there could exist more than a handful of them on the Iberian Peninsula. But that just goes to show you how little we knew going into this diverse country.
And it also demonstrated to us how much we could learn from making a visit and really getting to explore as much as we could.
We hope that by putting out such a list, we can open some eyes and minds to places that are real hidden gems as they’re off the typical foreign tourist routes.
As with all of our other Top 10 lists that we’ve put out on this website, we only base this list on our own personal experiences.
Just to give you an idea of how competitive this top 10 list is, we’ve got a page devoted to all the Spain Waterfalls that we’ve been to. This includes some quality waterfalls that narrowly didn’t make this list such as Fervenza do Ezaro and Salt de Tenes just to name a couple.
Nonetheless, without further ado, we present our favorite Spanish waterfalls in reverse order…
We stumbled upon this unplanned waterfall while making the long drive across the Spanish Pyrenees from Torla to Espot.
But with such a towering drop with vigorous flow, we just had to pull over and make time to experience it.
And experience it we did!
Not only did we feel its spray by getting up close to its main drop, but when we realized that we needed a distant view to capture all of it, we then got the shot you see in the photo above.
This waterfall exemplified the types of surprises we kept getting hit with, and thus we had to squeeze it into this list of Top 10 Best Spain Waterfalls.
This waterfall also fell under the category of easy-to-miss as millions of thousands of motorists on the A1 between Madrid and Burgos obliviously drive by without even noticing it!
Indeed, we could tell how just a small fraction of motorists in this area even bother to find this pitchfork-shaped waterfall.
And we savored having this waterfall all to ourselves as a result!
In addition to the scenic beauty of this waterfall, we also learned that this area was the scene of the Battle of Somosierra between Napoleon’s French forces and Benito de San Juan’s Spanish forces.
So with the off-the-beaten-path feel and history behind this place, we felt compelled to give this falls a spot on our list of favorite Spanish Waterfalls.
This waterfall right at the source of the Río Asón easily could have ranked higher on this list.
Plunging down what seemed to be a spring while framing a picturesque valley, the only thing holding back its rank was its flow.
Still, we enjoyed the scenery here so much that we still had to include it on our list of Top 10 Best Spain Waterfalls.
And I’m still holding out hope for when we do return to this part of Northern Spain and experience this beauty in better times.
The town of Orbaneja del Castillo seemed like one of those too-good-to-be-true towns.
After all, it had an attractive waterfall (also called Cascada de las Merindades) going right through its center.
Cliffs with natural arches surrounded the town.
And, the water had a clarity and color that almost had us thinking we were in Plitvice as opposed to Northern Spain!
It was also not far from a town built on top of a natural bridge at Puentedey!
Such defiance of reality made us partial to this waterfall and its surroundings. And thus, we had to make room for it on this list of Top 10 Best Spain Waterfalls.
This waterfall really reminded Julie and I of how waterfalling in Spain could surprise us.
On the hike down to reach the waterfall, we spotted ferns and felt a bit of humidity – both signs of a high rainfall area.
And that seemed to be the secret about the Santiago de Compostela vicinity. It felt more like the Pacific Northwest than our preconceived notions of a hot and dry Mediterranean climate that we came to expect in Spain!
Of course with all the surprises, we also couldn’t ignore the fact that this waterfall dropped some 60m making it one of the bigger ones we encountered on our epic trip.
Adding it all up, and this waterfall definitely belonged at the midpoint of this list of Spanish favorites.
This Andalusian waterfall seemed to embody the country of Spain like no other waterfall we’ve encountered.
The juxtaposition of the arched Puente Nuevo perched over the Tajo Gorge with the Río Guadalevín diving some 25m beneath the bottom of the bridge seemed to iconic that we even saw this drawn in an animated movie!
And while the gorge seemed precarious and hard-to-reach, a trail descending around the gorge made it just as easy to take it all in.
So for such a memorable waterfall that embodied the unique beauty of Southern Spain, putting this waterfall on our Top 10 List of Best Spain Waterfalls was a no-brainer!
Said to possess the tallest drop of all the waterfalls in Ordesa National Park, this 200m monster required a bit of work to get a good view.
The relentlessly uphill hike to even glimpse the falls further reinforced the notion that I had to earn it.
But that made the experience all the more sweeter, especially when I went high enough to notice the knobby mountains and creases that made this part of the Spanish Pyrenees so scenic.
Best of all, I was almost alone in enjoying this beauty, which made the experience all the more relaxing and invigorating.
So for all these things, this waterfall deserved its high placing on our list of Spanish favorites.
As you can see from the photo above, it was all about the location with this waterfall!
Plunging a reported 222m (said to be the highest on the Iberian Peninsula), it framed the head of a scenic valley making it very photogenic.
We also got a bonus with this excursion where we witnessed eagles soaring and nesting in spots that only they could get to.
Not even a lightning storm that threatened to hit this area could deny us this experience.
And so we’re quite happy that not only did this waterfall perform, but we also got to see perhaps the most dramatic waterfall in or near the Basque Country!
If there’s a must-do hiking excursion in the Spanish Pyrenees Mountains, I’d have to say the one to reach this waterfall has to be it!
In fact, this single excursion took me past four other big waterfalls mostly on the Río Arazas.
The Horse’s Tail Waterfall was right at the head of all the action right at the base of a glacial cirque.
With clarity in the water, clanking cow bells at the cirque, other tumbling waterfalls flanking the valley, and quintessential Pyrenees alpine scenery, few all-day excursions could match the positive vibes that this excursion produced.
So this five-in-one waterfalling excursion had to make our list of Top 10 Best Spain Waterfalls. No list would be complete without it!
Like with the previous entry on this list, this entry was really a series of many waterfalls.
In fact, this place had so many waterfalls that after four hours of touring just the natural part of the park, we all had waterfall fatigue!
Some of the many waterfalls here had enough size and volume to legitimately stand on their own as bon-a-fide waterfalls deserving to be on this list!
And we didn’t even have the time and energy to keep it going by exploring the namesake stone monastery.
It seemed like Spain definitely had no shortage of these too-good-to-be-true type places, but this park was next level over-the-top!
And for that, we just had to consider this the most memorable waterfalling excursion in Spain and deserving of the top spot on our Top 10 Best Spain Waterfalls List!