Walking in Andalucia

Walking in Andalucia

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This guidebook explores six of Andalucia's most beautiful Natural Parks - the Sierra Nevada regions of Aracena, Grazalema, Los Alcornocales and Gaucin, La Axarquia, the Alpujarras and Cazorla - along the great belt of the Cordillera Betica mountains. The 36 half- and full-day walks are mostly circular, ranging in length from 4 to 21km: some involve steep ascents and descents but all are within the capabilities of a reasonably fit walker.

The routes are based around the villages of Aracena, Grazalema, Jimena de la Frontera, Cazorla, Bubion and Competa, all of which lie within protected nature reserves. Year-round walking is possible, but the area is best enjoyed March-June and September-October. Includes detailed route descriptions, clear mapping, plenty of background information about travel, food and drink, language and communications and the author's recommendations for the best places to stay in or around southern Spain's most beautiful mountain villages, many of which date back to the Moorish period.

Rising to almost 3500m, the Cordillera Betica offers some of the finest year-round walking in Europe, and wrapped within this mighty range are some of Spain's most beautiful villages and trails.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 116 x 172 x 15mm | 280g
  • Kendal, United Kingdom
  • English
  • new edition
  • colour photographs and maps
  • 1852848022
  • 9781852848026
  • 38,216

Table of contents


Map Legend?

Overview Map


Aracena Regional Introduction
1. Aracena eastern circuit via Corteconcepcion
2. Aracena western circuit via Linares
3. Alajar eastern circuit via Linares
4. Alajar western circuit via Castano del Robledo
5. Almonaster circuit
6. Galoroza circuit via Castano del Robledo
Grazalema Regional Introduction
1. Benaojan Estacion to Jimera de Libar
2. Montejaque circuit
3. Grazalema circuit via El Reloj & Simancon
4. Grazalema to Benaocaz
5. Grazalema northern circuit
6. Zahara de La Sierra circuit
Los Alcornocales Regional Introduction
1. Jimena western circuit
2. Jimena northern circuit
3. La Sauceda to Pico del Aljibe
4. Casares circuit
5. Gaucin western circuit
6. Benarraba circuit
La Axarquia Regional Introduction
1. Maro to Frigiliana via El Camino del Iman
2. Frigiliana to El Fuerte
3. Competa eastern circuit
4. Competa northern circuit
5. Canillas de Albaida circuit
6. Sayalonga circuit via Corumbela
Las Alpujarras Regional Introduction
1. Pampaneira circuit via Capileira & Bubion
2. Capileira circuit via the Poqueira Gorge
3. La Cebadilla High Acequias circuit
4. Bubion circuit via Junta de los Rios & Capilerilla
5. Ferreirola circuit via La Taha
6. Ferreirola circuit via Busqusitar
Cazorla Regional Introduction
1. Cazorla circuit via San Sebastian
2. Cazorla circuit via El Chorro
3. Cazorla circuit via El Gilillo
4. La Iruela circuit via Fuente del Oso
5. The Rio Borosa gorge walk
6. Puente de Las Herrerias circuit via Poyos de la Mesa


Appendix 1 Glossary
Appendix 2 Summary of routes
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About Guy Hunter-Watts

Guy Hunter-Watts has lived and worked in Andalucia since the 1980s. After studying at the universities of Santiago and Salamanca he taught English in South America before moving to the Ronda mountains, where he has been leading guided walks for almost 25 years. His work as a walking guide and freelance journalist has taken him to many corners of the planet including India, Namibia, Tanzania, Latin America and Mongolia.
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