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Walking in Andalucia

36 routes in Andalucia's Natural Parks

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
17 Sept 2020
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.40cm

A guidebook to 36 walks in the natural and national parks of Spain’s Andalucía region. Graded by difficulty from easy strolls to strenuous mountain hikes, there are routes to suit both beginner and more experienced walkers alike.

Walks range from 4 to 21km (2–13 miles) and can be enjoyed in 2–7 hours. They are split between six diverse areas based on the six parks: Aracena, Grazalema, Los Alcornocales, La Axarquía (the coastal plain around Nerja, just south of the Almijara), Las Alpujarras (in the Sierra Nevada) and Cazorla.

  • Clear route description illustrated with 1:50,000 mapping
  • GPX files available for download
  • Information on bases and facilities
  • Local points of interest
  • Sized to easily fit in a jacket pocket

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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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