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Spain's Sendero Historico: The GR1

Northern Spain - Picos to the Mediterranean

Guidebook to the 1250km of Spain's Sendero Historico (GR1), traversing northern Spain from Puerto de Tarna in the province of León in the west to the Mediterranean near L'Escala in Catalonia, through fascinating, varied landscapes and the Pyrenees foothills. Described in 53 stages, about 25km each in length, with detailed mapping.


potentially accessible throughout the year but best experienced from April to early June and in September and October


Reinosa, Vitoria, Olite, Murillo de Gállego, Graus and Gironella


quiet and often remote providing a wide range of walking experiences none of which requires technical expertise; accommodation can usually be found on the route and at the end of a 7 to 8-hour walking day

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combines visits to many of the most important sites in the country's historical development with some its best scenery
1 Oct 2015
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.70cm

A guidebook to trekking the GR1 Sendero Histórico through northern Spain. Suitable for fit experienced trekkers, this quiet 1247km (775 mile) route stretches from Puerto de Tarna on the edge of the Pico de Europa National Park, across the southern flank of the Cantabrian Mountains, through the Basque Country and Catalunya, to Sant Martí d’Empúries on the Mediterranean coast, and can be completed in around two months.

The GR1 is divided into 53 stages of 11 to 36km (7–21 miles). These are presented in 7 sections, with start and end points that are easily accessed by public transport, for the benefit of those who wish to walk only part of the route. An extension to Finisterre and the Atlantic using GR routes is also included.

  • Route description illustrated with 1:100,000 mapping
  • GPX file available for download
  • Handy route summary and facilities tables help you plan your itinerary
  • Information on accommodation and facilities
  • Notes on the regions’ fascinating history

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By John Hayes

John Hayes is a retired management consultant with degrees from Liverpool University and University College London. Immediately after finishing work in 2011 he embarked on an epic 5,000km trek across Europe, walking from Tarifa in Spain to Budapest. John has written for numerous walking and trekking magazines, and has written four walking guides and a cycling guide for Cicerone.

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