Since decades, Andalusia has been estimated an ideal holiday destination among connoisseurs, which visit the south of Spain to go Hiking in Andalusia: It is Spain’s southernmost region – next to the Canary Islands – and unites fascinating scenic contrasts due to its size. Travellers can climb the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada, and only 50 km away, on the popular Mediterranean Costa del Sol, recover from an exhausting working day.
Although Andalusia has always been attracting crowds of tourists with its more than 300 days of sunshine, it has been rather unknown as a hiking-destination for a long time. Nature reserves with a unique flora and fauna, secluded lagoons and high mountain peaks still want to be explored and discovered. So almost no one but hikers know that a part of the Atlantic coast and the countryside of the Costa del Sol are largely untouched by mass tourism and therefore represent an ideal hiking destination with a combination of beach, semi-desert and mountains.
Walks on the Costa de la Luz
The nature park “La Breña” is located in the southernmost part of Spain on the Costa de la Luz, near the Straits of Gibraltar. It is ideal for hiking beginners, so we have chosen the following path as an example route.
Coastal walk “Caños de Meca” and “Barbate”
You reach the path by following the direction of Caños de Meca, and by turning towards Barbate as soon as you have reached the centre of Caños de Meca. Continuing through the nature park “La Breña”, you reach the trail parking lot and the starting point of the route. The tour starts in fragrant pine woods right on the rocky coast, passing breathtaking scenery and sights – for example, an old watchtower from the 16th century, the Torre del Tajo. On the steep coastline, the fascination of this route is finally revealed: On a clear day, hikers can see the African coast, which is surrounded by beaches and whitewashed houses. The route is about 12km long (round-trip). That means that it is also suitable for beginners if they include some breaks for breathtaking. However, since there is no restaurant around, hikers should think of enough water and sun protection .
That hikers there – without realizing it – are contributing to landscape diversity, is a very pleasant side effect. Since the country road is the main link between the places, the sidewalks of Andalusia decay. Especially in rural regions, you can find many bedraggled paths. These are protected of being forgotten by hiking in the form of sustainable tourism.
You can find more information on hiking trails in Andalusia here: http://www.andalusien.com/ausflugstipps/wanderungen.html. Andalusia is a diverse region and optimal for hiking especially in spring and autumn due to the mild temperatures.
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