More about the GR7 in Granada Province, Andalucia

Introduction

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. This means the GR7 footpath in Granada is now one of the best signposted and easy to follow parts of the GR7 in Spain.

Terrain

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, (cañada 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.

Villages

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 café breaks and places to buy supplies. Every village has a fuente, or supply of clean mountain water for drinking.

The Alpujarras village of Cañar

Signs and Waymarking

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

However, in Granada province in Andalucia we are lucky!

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. This means the GR7 footpath Granada is now one of the best maintained and easy to follow parts of the GR7 in Spain.

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 seemingly not so durable and are already cracking, fading and falling off in some cases.