More about the GR7 in Granada Province, Andalucia


Although the GR7 officially runs from Tarifa, the southern most tip of Spain, through Andalucia and up the eastern side of the peninsular, in practice there is very little signposting in most areas and maps or written guides are scarce or non-existent.In Granada Province in Andalucia however we are lucky. In the summer of 2007 a major overhaul of the GR7 occurred. The route was re- signposted with fresh paint and new signs, with the path also being re-routed in many places. However, 12 years on and many of these signs are faded, cracked or have disappeared. You will soon develop an eye for spotting the small wooden posts with their faded red and white paint.


The way has been designed to use existing tracks and footpaths and to avoid roads with traffic as much as possible. Often the GR7 follows old mule tracks between villages that have been used for centuries and sometimes ancient droving roads, (canada reales) that have only recently fallen into disuse.

The terrain is varied but typically Mediterranean - rocky and dry. Olives and almonds predominate in the lower areas but it is mountainous in parts, (between Lanjaron and Juviles, for example) reaching 1750 metres above sea level at its highest near Trevelez.


A key characteristic of the GR7 in Granada province is that it goes from village to village, making it a great route for dropping in and out of with plenty of opportunities for cafe breaks and places to buy supplies. Every village has a fuente, or supply of clean mountain water for drinking.

The Alpujarras village of Canar

Signs and Waymarking

Although the route was first devised in 1999, many areas of Spain remain lacking in signposting, maps or written guides of any kind.

However, in Granada province in Andalucia the situation is much better.

In the summer of 2007 there was a major overhaul of the route through Granada province. The route was re-signposted with fresh paint and new signs, with the path also being rerouted in many places. However since then nothing has been done as regards maintenance so many signs have disappeared or fallen down but the route is still mostly easy to follow.

Typical GR7 Waymarks Plastic GR7 waymark signs Wooden GR7 waymark signs

The way is marked, as above, by distinctive red and white markings on low wooden posts. There are also directional signs, some made of wood and some of plastic. The plastic ones, unfortunately, are not so durable and have already cracked, faded and fallen off in some cases.