Hiking in Andalucía: 6 unique environments to discover walking
The largest Natural Park in Spain
The Natural Park of the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas has one of the best hiking offers in the entire Autonomous Community. The long distance trail GR-247 crosses the three mountain ranges and can be divided into smaller stages to be completed in one day. The possibility of photographing some of the great raptors of the peninsula or hearing the bellows of the deer during the bellowing are other attractions of this wonderful environment.
The summits of the Sierra Nevada
One of the great attractions of hiking in Sierra Nevada is the possibility of reaching the highest mountains of the Iberian Peninsula. Although in winter, the snow makes this destination more favorable for other sports, in summer what prevails is hiking. To the routes that approach you to the Mulhacén or to the Vane join the ways known like "Routes of the fusion of the snow", of different lengths and levels.
The Spanish fir forests of Málaga and Cádiz
The Sierra de Grazalema, in Cádiz, and the Sierra de las Nieves, in Málaga, are home to the last forests of this species endemic to the Mediterranean area. The pinsapar is a unique ecosystem in the world, an authentic botanical treasure that you can know thanks to the multiple routes that cross these mountains. If, in addition, you have the company of a local guide, who interprets what you see, you will become an expert on the famous fir.
And you can not pass through Malaga without crossing the heart of the Desfiladero de los Gaitanes by footbridges attached to the rock a hundred meters high, discovering recondite landscapes and dizzying sensations until now only within the reach of experienced climbers. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was thought to take advantage of the gap between the exit and entrance of the Desfiladero to produce electricity. A path attached to the rock helped in the maintenance tasks of the water channel. For those small balconies that still exist in the upper section, the road was called Balconcillos de los Gaitanes, which in 1953 was changed to Caminito del Rey, in memory of King Alfonso XIII's visit to the Chorro reservoir in 1921.
The dehesas and mounts of Sierra Morena
Imagine the possibilities that open up in a mountain range of 400 kilometers in length. Sierra Morena extends through four provinces of Andalusia: Huelva, Sevilla, Córdoba and Jaén. Between them, the options for hiking are practically incalculable.
In Jaén the Nature reserve of Sierra de Andújar and the basin of the Rumblar river have the maximum representation of Mediterranean shrub lands and therefore of birds and fauna associated with this habitat, and which are preserved until today thanks to the existece of large hunting estates. Routes interpreted to know the dehesa and the Mediterranean forest, outings for the observation of raptors or excursions in search of the Iberian lynx. Choose yours!
The coast of Almeria
For those who like to walk enjoying the sea breeze, the province of Almeria keeps a few pleasant surprises. Its routes cover both the interior and the coast, being numerous, for example, in the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata. You can take the opportunity to learn about the flora and fauna of this area, learn a little about its culture and history, or combine hiking with some aquatic activity, such as snorkeling or kayaking.
The main Andalusian natural enclave
Doñana has written a lot and much has been said, and everything is too small. In this spectacular place, some of the most endangered species of the country live, such as the Iberian lynx, and they find a multitude of birds from Europe. The paths that cross it cross dunes, marshes, lagoons and virgin beaches. It is best to have the help of a local guide so you do not miss anything.