Coastal Walks in Andalucia
The best hiking trails close to Andalucía's Mediterranean and Atlantic Coastlines
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Over 40 half and full-day walks along Andalucia's Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts. The guidebook features the best of the Subbetica range, nearly all walks falling within Natural Parks and Reserves, from Vejer to Tarifa on the Atlantic and from Estepona, Marbella and Mijas to Nerja and Almunecar on the Mediterranean. Year-round walking.
- The coastal belt of Andalucía enjoys mild weather in winter, spring and autumn, while even in mid summer walks can be enjoyable thanks to the cooling influence of the Mediterranean Sea.
- The area covered by this guide stretches from Vejer to Tarifa on the Atlantic Coast, and from Estepona past Marbella and Mijas to Nerja and Almuñecar on the Mediterranean.
- Walks are graded as: easy, easy/medium, medium or medium/difficult. Several of the walks involve some steep ascents and descents but the routes have been chosen so that all are within the capabilities of anybody in good health who walks on a regular basis. The guide contains a mixture of half-day and full day walks.
- Must See
- A few hundred metres from the beaches of Andalucía's southern seaboard, the mountains of the mighty Subbetica range offer some of the finest walking in southern Europe. Mainland Spain's highest peaks, some rising to almost 4000m, are cut through by deep gorges while a series of high villages facing south to the Mediterranean serve as perfect walking bases.
A guidebook to 40 half and full day coastal walks in Andalucía. The graded routes, which are suitable for any reasonably fit walker, range from 6km to 19.5km and can be walked all year round. The walks are located in seven of the region’s most beautiful National Parks and protected areas (including La Breña y las Marismas, Los Alcornocales y del Estrecho, La Sierra de las Nieves and Níjar-Cabo de Gata) and are mostly circular in nature, negating the need for any logistical legwork.
Step-by-step route descriptions for each walk are accompanied by 1:50,000 mapping, together with information about points of interest en route. Also included is a useful glossary and route summary table, plus all the practical information needed to explore Andalucía’s coast on foot – equipment, safety, when to go, refreshments, accommodation and more.
The picturesque coastline of Andalucía is a walker's dream. Sandwiched between mountain and sea, walkers are rewarded with both dazzling mountain vistas and stunning seascapes. The sense of history embedded in these ancient coastal byways – which dates back to ages past – is an added delight, making the walking all the richer.
Seven coastal regions
Plants and wildlife
Andalucía over the years
When to go
Eating out in southern Spain
What to take
Using this guide
1 Costa de la Luz
Parque Natural de la Breña y las Marismas
Walk 2 Las Marismas de Barbate circuit
Walk 3 Vejer de la Frontera southern circuit
Walk 4 Los Caños de Meca circuit
Walk 5 Cape Trafalgar to Conil via the Torre de Castilnovo
Parque Natural de Los Alcornocales y del Estrecho
Walk 6 Valdevaqueros circuit via Punta Paloma
Walk 7 Río de Guadalmesí circuit
Walk 8 El Pelayo circuit via the Torre de Guadalmesí
Walk 9 Río de la Miel circuit
Walk 10 Gibraltar circuit via Mediterranean Steps
2 Costa del Sol
Paraje Natural de Sierra Bermeja y Sierra Crestellina
Walk 11 Manilva circuit via the Utrera Gorge
Walk 12 Casares circuit via la Crestellina
Walk 13 Casares eastern circuit
Walk 14 Casares circuit via La Acedía
Walk 15 Pico Reales circuit via El Pinsapar forest
Parque Natural de la Sierra de las Nieves
Walk 16 Istán circuit via the Infierno valley
Walk 17 Istán to the Río Verde and back
Walk 18 Istán reservoir circuit via the San Miguel chapel
Walk 19 Marbella circuit via Cruz de Juanar
Walk 20 Ascent of La Concha from Refugio de Juanar
Walk 21 Refugio de Juanar circuit via Los Cuchillos
La Sierra de Mijas
Walk 22 Mijas circuit via the Pico de Mijas
Walk 23 Mijas circuit via Puerto de Málaga
Walk 24 Alhaurín el Grande circuit
Walk 25 Alhaurín de la Torre western circuit
Walk 26 Alhaurín de la Torre southern circuit
Walk 27 Benalmádena circuit
3 Costa Tropical
Parque Natural de la Sierra de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama
Walk 28 Ascent of La Maroma from Canillas de Aceituno
Walk 29 Cómpeta circuit via Puerto Blanquillo
Walk 30 Frigiliana to El Fuerte and back
Walk 31 Frigiliana circuit via Cruz de Pinto
Walk 32 Nerja circuit via the Río Chillar
Walk 33 Maro to Frigiliana
Walk 34 La Herradura circuit via Cantarriján beach
4 Costa de Almería
Parque Natural de Níjar-Cabo de Gata
Walk 35 San José circuit via Monsul and Los Genoveses
Walk 36 Presillas Bajas to the Majada Redonda and back
Walk 37 Los Escullos circuit via San José
Walk 38 Rodalquilar circuit via Cortijo del Fraile
Walk 39 Las Negras circuit via El Playazo
Walk 40 Agua Amarga to Las Negras
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Useful contacts
Appendix C Accommodation
Appendix D Glossary
Appendix E Further reading
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Guy Hunter-Watts has lived and worked in Andalucía 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 30 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.View Articles and Books by Guy Hunter-Watts
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