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Trekking the GR7 in Andalucia

From Tarifa to Puebla de Don Fadrique

Guidebook to the Andalucian section of the GR7 long-distance hiking trail in Spain, from Tarifa to Puebla de Don Fadrique. Includes a northern route via Cordoba Province and southern route via Granada Province. The whole 750km trail takes 34-42 days to complete but can be split into shorter sections.


As a general rule the best time to walk in Andalucía is from March through to mid June and from September to late October. In July and August temperatures regularly reach the high thirties and make walking far more of a challenge. Wildflowers are at their best in late April/early May.


(Common route) Tarifa, Los Barrios, Ronda, El Chorro, Antequera; (Northern variant) Rute, Priego de Córdoba, Alcalá La Real, Jódar, Quesada, Cazorla, Santiago de la Espada, Puebla de Don Fadrique; (Southern variant) Alhama de Granada, Lanjarón, Charches, Zújar, Cúllar, Orce, Huéscar, Puebla de Don Fadrique


A fairly challenging route requiring good fitness as there are some long stages, some involving 1000m of ascent. However, there is no technical difficulty and walking is on footpaths, country tracks and, occasionally, minor roads.

Must See

Striking mountains and gorges, attractive villages, forests, olive groves, cultivated terraces, semi-desert landscapes; (Common route) pretty Tarifa, Alcornocales Natural Park, hilltop 'white villages', Grazalema Natural Park, Moorish Ronda, the spectacular gorge at El Chorro; (Northern variant) Subbetica Natural Park, Sierra de Mágina Natural Park, Sierra de Cazorla Natural Park; (Southern variant) Sierra de Almijara, Álhama Natural Park, Lecrín Valley, Sierra Nevada - home to mainland Spain's highest peaks and some magnificent scenery, Sierra de Baza Natural Park
2 Nov 2021
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.80cm

A guidebook to walking the Andalucian section of the GR7/E4 pan-European hiking trail, covering both the northern and southern variants. From Tarifa to Puebla de Don Fadrique, the route totals 738km or 770km (depending on which variant is chosen) and, although not technical, calls for a good level of fitness.

The route is presented in 32 stages (northern variant) or 34 stages (southern variant), of between 9 and 55km (6–34 miles), and can be walked in 34–42 days. The book also included suggestions for shorter itineraries taking in some of the highlights.

  • GPX files available to download
  • 1:50,000 maps included for each stage
  • Handy route summary tables help you plan your itinerary
  • Accommodation and refreshment details
  • Advice on planning and preparation, as well as information about the region

Table of Contents
Guy Hunter Watts Cicerone author HUNTERWATTS

By Guy Hunter-Watts

Guy Hunter-Watts lived and worked in Andalucía for over 30 years. After studying at the universities of Santiago and Salamanca, he taught English in South America before moving to the Ronda mountains where he led guided walks for almost 25 years. His work as a walking guide and freelance journalist took him to many corners of the planet including India, Namibia, Tanzania, Latin America and Mongolia. Sadly, Guy passed away in 2023.

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