Trekking Along the GR7 Route

If you like the idea of Trekking in Spain but do not know where to begin consider the GR7.

The E4 GR7 route, nearly 9,000 km long, is the longest trail in Europe. Starting on the Atlantic coast near the Strait of Gibraltar (Tarifa) the path passes through Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria to Greece and ends in the Peleponesos.

Following this route, or sections of it, is a great way to to select some trekking in Spain. We have walked an 80km stretch with our GPS device and you can download the GPS information free at the bottom of this page! We have also provided you with a Google Earth file that you can download and follow our trek to Alhama in 3D.

The first part of the mammoth trail E4 GR7 runs through the area that we call home. The route follows mostly old goat and mule tracks that are no longer in use and passes through some of the most beautiful natural areas of Spain.

From the beginning Tarifa on the Atlantic coast, the route runs the first few days through the Parque Natural de los Alcornocales, then by the Sierra de Grazalema to the famous town Ronda. Along several smaller natural parks (including the Parque Natural de El Torcal) you will reach Ventas Zafaraya in the province of Granada. Here the route follows the north side of the Sierras de Tejeda y de Almijara (our home).

Through the Lecrin valley the route leads you into the Alpujarras which form the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada. At the Puerto de la Ragua (at an altitude of 2,000 meters) you will cross the Sierra Nevada to the north and you will come out at the town of La Calahorra.

This wonderful trail of over 500 kilometres from Tarifa to La Calahorra can be done by an experienced walker within 1 month. Because most holiday walkers do not have that much time, we divided the trail into two parts:

  • One: from Cómpeta to La Calahorra (12 days)
  • Two: From Cómpeta to Tarifa (14 days)

A shorter hike is also possible, e.g. Cómpeta – Lanjaron (4 days).

Cómpeta is a 1 hour drive from Malaga airport and is the perfect starting point for trekking in Spain.

GR7 FoothillsGR7 Walks

Do it yourself we recommend you prepare your trek as follows: Buy the book “Walking the GR7 in Andalucia” isbn nr. 978-1-85284-507-0 (via internet at Amazon). The book mentions the maps needed per section. These maps can be bought via internet at La Tiende Verde.

You also might consider to book one of our guided or self-guided treks (trek Cómpeta – Granada, Cómpeta – Játar or Cómpeta – Alfarnatejo), then you will get transfers to the perfect starting points, the hotels will be booked for you, your luggage will be transported and your dinner will be ready on a longer walking route.

GR7 SignpostGR7 Mountain View

This part of the E4 GR7 trail can be walked all year, but keep in mind that the months of July and August are very hot.

E4/GR7 Trek: Cómpeta – Calahorra

La Calahorra, a total of 220 km long, has the following stages:

  • Cómpeta – La Resinera – Jayena: 26 km
  • Jayena – Albuñuelas: 30 km
  • Albuñuelas – Nigüelas: 16 km
  • Nigüelas – Lanjarón – Cáñar – Soportújar: 22 km
  • Soportújar – Pampaneira – Bubión – Pitres: 16 km
  • Pitres – Pórtugos – Busquistar – Trevélez: 20 km
  • Trevélez – Juviles – Lóbras – Cádiar: 20 km
  • Cádiar – Bérchules – Mecina Bombarón: 14 km
  • Mecina Bombarón – Yegen – Válor: 14 km
  • Válor – Mairena – Laroles: 15 km
  • Laroles – Puerto de la Ragua: 12 km
  • Puerto de la Ragua – La Calahorra: 15 km

E4/GR7 Trek: Cómpeta – Tarifa

Tarifa, a total of 277 km long, has the following stages:

  • Cómpeta – Ventas de Zafarraya: 29 km
  • Ventas de Zafarraya – Alfarnatejo: 23 km
  • Alfarnatejo – Villanueva del Cauche: 17 km
  • Villanueva del Cauche – Antequera: 16 km
  • Antequera – Valle de Abdalajis: 17 km
  • Valle de Abdalajis – El Chorro: 10 km
  • El Chorro – Ardales: 16 km
  • Ardales – Cuevas del Becerro: 19 km
  • Cuevas del Becerro – Ronda: 21 km
  • Ronda – Montejaque – Ubrique: 29 km
  • Ubrique – Jimena de la Frontera: 36 km
  • Jimena de la Frontera – Castellar de la Frontera: 16 km
  • Castellar de la Frontera – Los Barrios: 15 km
  • Los Barrios – Tarifa: 40 km

GR242 Walk with GPS

Walking The GR242The GR 242 is a marvellous long distance walk of almost 80 km, which can be done in 4 days.

This GR starts in the village Periana, follows the south slopes of the Sierras de Tejeda y de Almijara, passes all the mountain villages Alcaucin, Canillas de Aceituno, Sedella, Salares, Canillas de Albaida, Cómpeta, Acebuchal, Frigiliana and ends at the caves of Nerja in Maro. The GR winds between all these places in and out of the nature reserve along beautiful foot-paths.

As several signposts are lacking, we put the GR in the GPS. Then you can’t get lost. You can download the whole route here free of charge.

There is a bus-service from Málaga to Periana everyday at 11.15 am. The trek may be done as follows (prices accommodations per person per night in a sharing double room):

Day 1: 15 km Periana – Alcaucin – Canillas de Aceituno + overnight in:

  • B&B Las Peñas €30 – tel. +34 634 492 398
  • Casa C/Iglesie 16 €30 – tel. +34 609 617 390

Day 2: 24 km Canillas de Aceituno – Sedella – Salares – Canillas de Albaida – Cómpeta + overnight in:

Bookings by email via spanjeanders@gmail.com

Day 3: 24 km Cómpeta – Acebuchal – Frigiliana + overnight in:

  • Hospederia El Caravansar €22.50 – €32.50 – tel. +34 952 533 586
  • Hotel rural La Posada Morisca €25 – €42.50 – tel. +34 952 534 151

Day 4: 15 km Frigiliana – caves of Nerja, from where a bus leaves to Málaga at 16.15, 17.00 and 18.00 pm.

Download the Garmin MapSource GPS (.gbd) files for free here

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