Walking in Andalucia

By Guy Hunter-Watts

Guidebook to 36 walks in Andalucia. The Alpujarra region of the Sierra Nevada, Aracena, Grazalema, Los Alcornocales and Gaucin, La Axarquia, and Cazorla each have 6 day walks. Most of the walking routes are circular and range from 5 to 21km, are graded for difficulty, and many are suitable for all walkers.



Andalucía's Natural Parks enjoy generally mild winter, spring and autumn weather so walking can be enjoyable at any time from mid September through to mid June. Even in mid summer walks can still be comfortably undertaken in the higher Natural Parks of Cazorla and La Alpujarra.


The six areas covered by the guide are in and around the villages of Aracena, Grazalema, Jimena de la Frontera, Cazorla, Bubión and Cómpeta, all of which lie within protected Nature Reserves.


Walks are graded into four groups: easy, easy/medium, medium and medium/difficult. Most 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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Walking in six of southern Spain's most beautiful Natural Parks, all of which share a slice of the magnificent range of the Cordillera Bética. Includes the author's recommendations for the best places to stay in or around southern Spain's most beautiful mountain villages, many of which date back to the Moorish period.
14 Jan 2016
8 May 2017
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
  • Overview
  • Contents

    Six natural parks
    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 Aracena
    Walk 1 Aracena eastern circuit
    Walk 2 Aracena western circuit
    Walk 3 Alájar eastern circuit
    Walk 4 Alájar western circuit
    Walk 5 Almonaster circuit
    Walk 6 Galaroza circuit
    2 Grazalema
    Walk 7 Estación de Benaoján to Estación de Jimera de Líbar
    Walk 8 Montejaque circuit
    Walk 9 Grazalema southern circuit
    Walk 10 Grazalema to Benaocáz
    Walk 11 Grazalema northern circuit
    Walk 12 Zahara de La Sierra circuit
    3 Los Alcornocales
    Walk 13 Jimena de la Frontera southern circuit
    Walk 14 Jimena de la Frontera northern circuit
    Walk 15 La Sauceda to Pico del Aljibe and back
    Walk 16 Casares circuit
    Walk 17 Gaucín circuit
    Walk 18 Benarrabá circuit
    4 La Axarquía
    Walk 19 Maro to Frigiliana
    Walk 20 Frigiliana to El Fuerte and back
    Walk 21 Cómpeta eastern circuit
    Walk 22 Cómpeta northern circuit
    Walk 23 Canillas de Albaida circuit
    Walk 24 Sayalonga circuit
    5 Las Alpujarras
    Walk 25 Pampaneira circuit
    Walk 26 Capileira circuit
    Walk 27 La Cebadilla circuit
    Walk 28 Bubión circuit
    Walk 29 Ferreirola northern circuit
    Walk 30 Ferreirola eastern circuit
    6 Cazorla
    Walk 31 Cazorla southern circuit
    Walk 32 Cazorla southwestern circuit
    Walk 33 Cazorla southeastern circuit
    Walk 34 La Iruela circuit
    Walk 35 Río Borosa gorge walk
    Walk 36 Puente de Las Herrerias circuit

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Useful contacts
    Appendix C Accommodation
    Appendix D Glossary
    Appendix E Further reading

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    May 2018

    Walk 23...page 167... line 13..." Presently there is no sign pointing up left for Sendero so .... climbing gently now , for some 900m (it's worth pacing this out) just as the track begins to bear round to the left - cut right down a narrow path .

    Oct 2017

    Mapping error - page 220

    Height of Puerto del Tejo is incorrect should read 1566m instead of 1766 m.

    Walk 7

    The ascent/descent stats for this walk should read 45m of ascent, 140m of descent.

    PDF checklists for ticking off any flowers and birds that you spot while walking in Andalucia are now available to download by following this link:


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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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