Walking - Guy Hunter Watt's Walks

Sturdy walking sticks and Andalucian oranges to accompany your journey © Michelle Chaplow
Sturdy walking sticks and Andalucian oranges to accompany your journey.

Springtime walks in Andalucia

Suggested Walks - Guy HUNTER Watts

Walking is one of the very best ways to discover this beautiful region of Southern Spain, Andalucia. Guy Hunter-Watts offers us a selection of his favourite walks in Andalucia. They are taken from his book "Walking in Andalucia - The best walks in Spain's natural parks". The following walks will take about 3 hours each of slightly longer if you take your time. Sturdy boots, a walking stick, a bottle of water and perhaps a locally grown orange or snack will make your journey all the more enjoyable.

Aracena Benaojan
This is one of the loveliest walks in the Sierra de Aracena. It links two exceptionally pretty villages.
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This short and easy walk follows a delightful riverside path, which links the sleepy village of Benaoján Estación with the sleepier-still hamlet of Jimera de Libar Estación. Near Ronda
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Gaucin Axarquia
This easy half-day walk skirts around the mountain beneath the beautiful village of Gaucin and then cuts down to the "ermita" (hermitage) of Juan de Dios.
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This half day ramble has an astonishing variety of scenery considering that you're never more than 5 kilometers from Frigiliana.
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The Alpujarras Cazorla
This walk begins and ends in the tiny village of Ferreirola. For most of the way, it follows old muleteer tracks that twice cross the steep-sided barranco of the Rio Trevelez.
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This tremendously varied walk makes for a great full day's excursion. The first section is a longish up and down loop through pine forest with views of some of the park's most spectacular, craggy peaks.
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"Walking in Andalucia" by Guy Hunter Watts

Cicerone Walking in Andalucía is a 260 page full colour guide to some of the very best walks in southern Spain, taking the walker on 34 routes - all starting and most finishing in beautiful villages - in the Natural Parks of Grazalema, La Alpujarra, Cazorla, Los Alcornocales, Aracena, and La Axarquia. Many of the full and half day walks are virtually unknown even though they are a short drive from the Costa del Sol. Even though more and more people are beginning to walk Spain's southern sierras, most of the routes remain blissfully undiscovered. Guy says, 'If you decide to head for the hills with my guide you can be sure of two things: you will be walking through areas of great natural beauty and you will meet with other walkers.'   Buy a copy online of Walking in Andalucia

"Coastal walks in Andalucia" by Guy Hunter Watts

Coastal walks  in Andalucia 45 great coastal walks close to Andalucia's Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts. Discover the best hiking trails close to Vejer, Caños de Meca, Conil, Tarifa, Bolonia, Gibraltar, Casares, Estepona, Marbella, Istán, Mijas, Benalmádena, Alhaurín, Cómpeta, Fuengirola, Nerja, Maro and Almuñecar. Talk to most people about the coast of Andalucía and they’ll picture the small swathe of seaboard that runs from Torremolinos to Estepona, the heartland of what is commonly sold as the Costa del Sol. First associations are of crowded beaches, busy coastal roads and blocks of holiday apartments. Few amongst them will conjure up visions of the mighty chain of mountains, the tail end of the Sierra Subbética, which rises up a few kilometres back from the sea. Nor do they tend to evoke the wilder beaches of the Costa de la Luz or the footpaths that run just a few metres from the Atlantic surf. Buy a copy online of buy Coastal Walks in Andalucia

 

"coast to coast walk " by Guy Hunter Watts

coast to coast walk A stunning 21 day, 435 kilometre trail that links the Mediterranean with the Atlantic. The walk passes through six of Andalucia's Natural Parks and protected areas via its most beautiful mountain villages. Far more than a long walk, this on-foot odyssey can lead you to the heart of southern Spain's magnificent sierras and on a life-changing journey of discovery. One of the best things about the simple act of walking is the sense of reconnecting with Nature and the Big Wide World. We've been moving around on two feet for a very long time yet still, in the simple act of putting one foot in front of the next and moving across landscape, it seems that we reassert our identity. Day to day worries fall into insignificance, or rather true significance, when we get out into the mountains and walking is about a lot more than taking exercise. Buy a copy online of The Andalucian Coast-to-coast Walk

Other walks by Guy Hunter Watts:

Gaucin | The Alpujarras | Aracena | Axarquia | Cazorla | Benaojan | Marbella

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