Cicerone Guide Book: Trekking the GR1 Spain's Sendero Historico
Spain's Sendero Histórico: The GR1
Northern Spain - Picos to the Mediterranean, by John Hayes
Guidebook to the 1250km of Spain's Sendero Historico (GR1), traversing northern Spain from Puerto de Tarna in the province of Leon in the west to the Mediterranean near L'Escala in Catalonia, through fascinating, varied landscapes and the foothills of the Pyrenees.
Described in 53 stages, about 25km each in length, with detailed mapping.
This guidebook is for trekkers aiming to tackle all or part of the GR1 or Sendero Historico 1250km of waymarked route across northern Spain through the Pyrenean foothills from Puerto to Tarna at the western end to near LEscala on the Mediterranean coast. Broken into 7 sections and 53 stages, the walking goes through remote landscapes, but accommodation is accessible at the end of every day, and the terrain is not difficult.
All sections are suitable for novice and experienced walkers alike.
Providing all the information trekkers will need, the guide starts with a useful introduction combining practical information about planning your own itinerary, when to go, what to take and the accommodation, cuisine and terrain to expect along the way with general information about the varied geology and fascinating history of the provinces you will be walking through.
Step-by-step route description is accompanied by custom-drawn, contoured mapping, vibrant photography and stage and section summary information to help you plan, as well as detailed information about the accommodation options available at the end of each days walking.
Also included is information about how to get to Puerto de Tarna from the northern coast of Spain, if you want to make the GR1 into a true coast-to-coast.
Walking through rural Spain is a unique experience and the GR1 meanders through some of the best scenery northern Spain has to offer.
At the same time, the route visits many medieval churches and castles from the time of the Christian kingdoms, the reconquest, the crusades and Spanish Unification as well as key locations in the development of modern Spain.
Whats more youll have long views of the changing landscapes all the way, as the mountains of Spain, unlike the rest of Europe, are not cloaked in pine forests.
potentially accessible throughout the year but best experienced from April to early June and in September and October
Reinosa, Vitoria, Olite, Murillo de Gállego, Graus and Gironella
quiet and often remote providing a wide range of walking experiences none of which requires technical expertise; accommodation can usually be found on the route and at the end of a 7 to 8-hour walking day
combines visits to many of the most important sites in the country's historical development with some its best scenery
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