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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.
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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.
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".
|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|
|Start/finish||Car park beside the A314 next to a sign for Sendero Marismas de Barbate|
|Access||From the N-340 at La Barca, just to the east of Vejer, take the A314 towards Barbate for approximately 3km until you reach a sign ‘Sendero Marismas de Barbate’. Cut left into a parking area where the walk begins.|
Since 1994 the flat delta at the mouth of the Río Barbate, Las Marismas de Barbate, has formed part of the Natural Park of La Breña. These low-lying marshlands, criss-crossed by water canals, streams and raised tracks, have a bewitching beauty and are home to a richly diverse flora and fauna.
This is one of the best places on the Atlantic Coast for birding: the marshes lie on one of the major migratory routes between northern and central Europe and Africa and are used by birds as a halfway house before and after the journey across the Strait. The birds, both sedentary and migratory, feed on the abundant molluscs and crustaceans of its tidal reedbeds and it’s easy to spot egrets, mallards, grebes and herons as well as several different warblers among the reeds and tamarisk.
The walk is particularly memorable early on an autumn day when the low-lying flora of the Marismas is taking on its autumnal colours and Vejer hovers above the early morning mist. Be aware that parts of the path can be waterlogged after heavy rain.
The walk begins in the car parking area between Las Marismas de Barbate and the A314. There’s a waste treatment plant to one side so you’ll be keen to get moving as quickly as possible. From the car park go through a small black gate to one side of a larger green one, next to a signboard Sendero Marismas de Barbate. Bearing right and adopting a southerly course you’ll immediately begin to spot all kinds of wading birds out in the marshes.
Reaching a fork next to a sign Parque Natural turn left along a track which cuts due east across the marshes for a little over 700m then, just before it reaches the Río Barbate, angles right and runs on close to the looping course of the river. From here there are fine views back across the floodplain to Vejer.
The track, bearing right, crosses a bridge and a cattle grid then resumes its course close to the river bank. After angling left and crossing another small bridge it reaches a viewing platform (1hr 15min) with a sign listing the most common birds in the reserve. The track crosses a cattle grid to reach a fork. Here continue straight ahead (unless you wish to shorten the walk in which case turn right) sticking close to the bank of the Río Barbate before reaching a fork just beyond a sluice gate which is to your right. Here cut right and head back to the western edge of the marshes and a group of factory buildings.
Crossing a cattle grid then a small brick bridge (1hr 55min) you reach a junction with a broader track. Turn right and head on towards Vejer. Passing beneath power lines the track arcs left then passes through an enclosure with a group of ramshackle animal pens, passing through gates at either end. Angling right through a grove of eucalyptus trees you reach a fork. Here keep right, sticking to your same course. Soon you pass over a cattle grid where you reach more open countryside.
The marisma’s rich flora and fauna are born of the interplay of salt water from the Atlantic with that of the Rio Barbate’s flood plain. Spoonbills, night heron and osprey are common sightings along with egrets, kestrels, and peregrine falcons. The marshes are also home to a huge variety of wading birds including avocet, black-winged stilt, ringed and Kentish plovers, dunlin and greater flamingos. The birds find rich pickings in the form of wedge clams, cockles and, closer to the ocean, mussels and prawns. Fish species inhabiting the marsh’s saline waters include sole, eel, mullet, bass and gilthead bream.
The track narrows down as it runs on between beds of reeds, still heading towards Vejer. Soon the track arcs hard right (2hr 30min) then once more left. Adopting its former course it passes through thicker undergrowth where there are stands of bamboo and mimosa. Crossing a cattle grid the track runs on to reach the junction where, earlier in the walk, you cut across to the eastern side of the marsh. From here retrace your footsteps back to the car park (3hr 5min).