Coastal Walks in Andalucia

The best hiking trails close to Andalucía's Mediterranean and Atlantic Coastlines

By Guy Hunter-Watts

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.
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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.
2 Aug 2016
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  • Overview

    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.

  • Contents

    Seven coastal regions
    Plants and wildlife
    Andalucía over the years
    Getting there
    When to go
    Eating out in southern Spain
    What to take
    Staying safe
    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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    Oct 2018

    Walk 35- please note cannot be done at high tide.

    Walk 32- 'We have recently heard that the path along beside the water channel leading back to the point of departure has been cut. So it would be better to make this a there-and-back walk and NOT climb out of the gorge. It still makes for a thrilling adventure as a linear walk'.

    March 2017

    Walk 25, p169

    The Casa Forestal is currently being restored and the text should now read: "Passing a signboard follow the track to the Cortijo de Jarapalos, currently being restored, and an arboretum where spring water is channelled down across its ancient terraces".

  • Reviews
    Excellent walks with very clear guidance.

    I recently used the "Coastal Walks in Andalucia" guide to walk all the routes in the Almeria section. Excellent walks with very clear guidance. Wonderful scenery and a profusion of Spring flowers in late Feb/early March.


    Excellent guide, first class walks and very good directions.

    Have just returned from Almeria where I walked all the Almeria section walks in the Andalucia Coastal Walks guide.  Excellent guide, first class walks and very good directions.


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Guy Hunter-Watts

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.

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