Hiking in Spain - GR7 Trail Guide

Be sure the check the main Hiking in Spain and Hiking in Europe pages for additional information and links.

overview map of gr7
GPX track here (GR7, including southern and northern variants in Andalucía, GR7.9, GR171, part of GR172, GR174, GR175, Estels del Sud, plus waypoints showing locations of hotels/stores/fuentes). View in Google maps here.

Here is my trip report of parts of the GR171 and GR172 in Catalonia in 2013.

Here is my trip report of the GR7 between Ronda (Andalucía) and Andilla (Communidad Valenciana) in 2014.

Other trip reports: John Hayes, Amy Lauterbach, Juan Holgado.

Official hiking organizations:

Prices below assume low season (everything except Christmas, New Year, Semana Santa, holidays, July, August). Sometimes late June, early September and weekends during spring and fall are also considered high season. Pricing information from hotelsearch.com, toprural.com, and ecoturismorural very unreliable.

Whether or not Saturday is considered high season for pricing, that day is usually the busiest at most hotels. Be prepared to camp then if you don't have a reservation.

Most towns have a water fountain. Stores in small towns face severe competition from a combination of daily fruit/bread trucks and delivery by hypermarts (ordering by internet) and many can be expected to shut down in the future. Bakeries (horno or panadería) sometimes also sell non-perishable food (canned goods, chocolate, etc). Stores and bakeries may have limited hours. It is best to always carry some extra trail food (biscuits, pan de molde, etc).

As of 2016, quantity of Airbnb.com listings is rapidly increasing for rural areas of Spain, so be sure to check that site. Booking.com is also increasingly being used by smaller hotels. But I would avoid using booking.com to make reservations and especially to pay with smaller hotels, since they often have internet problems. Sometimes booking.com shows vacancy in small hotel but either hotel is closed or no vacancy. So just use it to get availability and price range of rooms.

Quick jump

Andalucía

Murcia

Communidad de Valencia

Catalonia

map of gr7, catalonia, part 3

Balneari de Vallfogona

Bellprat

Cervera

Coma i La Pedra, La

Fórnols

Igualada

Jorba

Lladurs

Olius

Pinós de Solsonès

Pontils

Sant Llorenç de Morunys

Seu d'Urgell, La

Solsona

Su

Tuixent

map of gr7, catalonia, part 2

Turismo en Catalunya has some accomodation info.

More accomodation info for GR175 at La Ruta del Cister.

Arbolí

Albarca

Balneari de Vallfogona (see above)

Bellmunt del Priorat

Bellprat (see above)

Belltall

Cabacés

Cabra del Camp

Cornudella de Montsant

Escaladei

Espluga de Francolí, L'

Falset

Figuera, La

Garcia (see below)

Gratallops

Montblanc

Mont-ral

Morera de Montsant, La

Poblet (see Vimbodí below)

Poboleda

Pontils (see above)

Porrera

Pradell de la Teixeta (on the N-420, a few km southwest of where the GR7 crosses that highway)

Prades

Prenafeta

Riba, La

Rocallaura

Santes Creus

Torroja del Priorat

Vallbona de las Monges

Vallespinosa

Viella Baixa, La (La Viella Alta is on the GR174, use road to get to La Viella Baixa)

Vilaverd

Vimbodí

map of gr7, catalonia, part 1

Alfara de Carles

Arnes

Beceite (see GR8 trail guide)

Benifallet

Caro

Colldejou

Font Ferrera (intersection with GR8)

Gandesa

Garcia

Mora d'Ebre

Mora la Nova

Paüls

Prat de Comte

Tivissa

Communidad de Valencia

map of gr7, valencia, part 4

Ares del Maestre

Benasal (or nearby Font d'en Segures)

Culla

Fredes

Morella

San Juan de Peñagolosa

Vallibona

Villahermosa del Rio

Vistabella

map of gr7, valencia, part 3

Andilla (intersection with GR10)

Bejís

Chelva

Mas de Noguera

Montán

Montanejos

San Vicente de Piedrahita

Villahermosa del Rio (see above)

map of gr7, valencia, part 2

Benagéber

Benalí

Collado Caroche

Cortes de Pallás

Nogueras, Las

Rebollar, El

Requena

Vallada

Venta Gaeta

Villar de Olmos

map of gr7, valencia, part 1

Alcoy

Bocairent

Camping Mariola

Castalla

Elda

Pinoso / El Pinós

Venta Roman

Murcia

Murcia Tourist Office

map of gr7, murcia, part 1

About 97km from El Sabinar to Cieza. Possible to hike in 2 long and 1 short days, staying in hotels in Moratalla and Calasparra, but I prefer 4 days of about 25km each, camping all 3 nights. After drinking 2L with food, carry 5L water between Calasparra and Cieza in warm weather (for man weighing 75kg).

Calasparra

Cieza

Moratalla

Sabinar, El

Venta Roman (see above)

Andalucía

Andalucía Tourist Office

Province Granada Tourist Office

map of gr7, andalucia, part 6

Cazorla (see below)

Huéscar

Galera

Orce

Pontones

Puebla de Don Fadrique

Sabinar, El (see above)

Santiago de la Espada

map of gr7, andalucia, part 7

Cambil / Carchalejo (on the A-44 at the exit for Cambil)

Cazorla

Quesada

Jódar

Frailes

Torres

map of gr7, andalucia, part 5

From La Calahorra to Baza about 70km. Water available at Charches plus at least 3 evenly spaced fuentes along GR7, so no need to carry much. I normally camp day 1 about 30km from La Calahorra and then either hike 40km on day 2 to Baza, or else camp again about 30km further along the GR7 (in forest about 5km past Centro Recreativa de Narváez) and hike remaining 10km to Baza on day 3.

Baza

Cúllar

Juntas de Gor, Las

Orce (see above)

Zújar

map of gr7, andalucia, part 4

To get from Tímar to Lobras (towns located between Juviles and Cádiar), descend steeply from Tímar to the sendero local Acequias los Castaños, thereafter level path to Lobras. GR7 between these towns is deeply eroded, difficult to follow and of little scenic/cultural value compared to the Acequias trail. My GPX track shows both options.

Albuñuelas

Bérchules

Bubión

Busquístar (2km east of Pórtugos on GR7)

Cádiar

Capileira (2km north of Bubíon)

Calahorra, La

Dúrcal (several km north of GR7, buses leaves from Palacio de Congresos in Granada every half-hour weekdays, Palacio de Congresos is south of río Genil, Madrid-Granada bus drops off about 4km north of river)

Jayena (see below)

Juviles

Lanjarón

Laroles

Lobras (between Juviles and Cádiar)

Mecina Bombarón

Mondújar

Nigüelas

Pampaneira

Pitres

Pórtugos

Soportújar (between Lanjarón and Pampaneira)

Trevélez

Ugíjar (5km south of Válor)

Válor

Venta el Zamburino

Yegen

map of gr7, andalucia, part 3

Alcalá la Real

Alhama de Granada

Antequera

Arenas del Rey

Cuevas de San Marcos

Frailes (see above)

Jayena

Priego de Córdoba

Riogordo

Rute

Valle de Abdalajís (see below)

Ventas de Zafarraya

Villanueva de Cauche

Villanueva de Algarides

Villanueva del Rosario

Villanueva del Trabuco

Villanueva de Tapia

map of gr7, , andalucia, part 2

Ardales

Chorro, El

Cuevas del Becerro (5km west of Serrato)

Ronda

Ubrique

Valle de Abdalajís

map of gr7, andalucia, part 1

Barrios, Los

Castillo de Castellar

Jimena de la Frontera

Tarifa