This guidebook is for trekkers tackling all or part of the GR1 (Sendero Historico) - 1250km of waymarked route across northern Spain through the Pyrenean foothills from Puerto to Tarna at the western end to near L'Escala on the Mediterranean coast. Broken into 7 sections and 53 stages, the walking goes through remote landscapes, but accommodation is available every day, and the terrain is not difficult.
Providing all the information trekkers will need, the guide combines practical information about planning your own itinerary, when to go, what to take and the accommodation, cuisine and terrain with general information about the varied geology and history of the area. Route description is accompanied by contoured mapping and stage and section summary information, as well as detailed information about any accommodation available en route.
The GR1 meanders through some of the best scenery northern Spain has to offer while visiting 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. And you'll have long views of the changing landscapes all the way, as the mountains of Spain are not cloaked in trees.
John Hayes is a retired management consultant with degrees from Liverpool University and University College London. Immediately after finishing work in 2011 he embarked on an epic 5,000km trek across Europe, walking from Tarifa in Spain to Budapest. John first walked the GR1 in early 2013 and has made two return trips.
Map key Overview map Introduction Topography of the route Climate and vegetation Agriculture and wildlife History What the trails are like Staying in Spain Eating in Spain When to go Breaking the GR1 into chunks Planning your walk What to take Finding your way Using this guide The Sendero Historico 1 Puerto de Tarna to Reinosa Stage 1 Puerto de Tarna to Salamon Stage 2 Salamon to Prioro Stage 3 Prioro to Camporredondo de Alba Stage 4 Camporredondo de Alba to Cervera de Pisuerga Stage 5 Cervera de Pisuerga to Branosera Stage 6 Branosera to Reinosa 2 Corconte to Berantevilla Stage 1 Corconte to Pedrosa de Valdeporres Stage 2 Pedrosa de Valdeporres to Salazar Stage 3 Salazar to Paresotas Stage 4 Paresotas to Boveda Stage 5 Boveda to Espejo Stage 6 Espejo to Fontecha Stage 7 Fontecha to Berantevilla 3 Berantevilla to Olite Stage 1 Berantevilla to Penacerrada Stage 2 Penacerrada to Bernedo Stage 3 Bernedo to Santa Cruz de Campezo Stage 4 Santa Cruz de Campezo to Los Arcos Stage 5 Los Arcos to Larraga Stage 6 Larrage to Olite 4 Olite to Murillo de Gallego Stage 1 Olite to Ujue Stage 2 Ujue to Sos del Rey Catolico Stage 3 Sos del Rey Catolico to Petilla de Aragon Stage 4 Petilla de Aragon to Biel Stage 5 Biel to Murillo de Gallego 5 Murillo de Gallego to Graus Stage 1 Murillo de Gallego to Loarre Stage 2 Loarre to Bolea Stage 3 Bolea to Arguis Stage 4 Arguis to Nocito Stage 5 Nocito to Paules de Sarsa Stage 6 Paules de Sarsa to Liguerre de Cinca Stage 7 Liguerre de Cinca to Tierrantona Stage 8 Tierrantona to Salinas de Trillo Stage 9 Salinas de Trillo to Graus 6 Graus to Gironella Stage 1 Graus to Lascuarre Stage 2 Lascuarre to Puente de Montanana Stage 3 Puente de Montanana to ager Stage 4 ager to Hostal Roig Stage 5 Hostal Roig to Messanes Stage 6 Massanes to Oliana Stage 7 Oliana to Cambrils Stage 8 Cambrils to Sant Llorenc de Morunys Stage 9 Sant Llorenc de Morunys to Sant Lleir de la Vall d'Ora Stage 10 Sant Lleir de la Vall d'Ora to L'Espunyola Stage 11 L'Espunyola to Gironella 7 From Gironella to the coast Stage 1 Gironella to Lluca Stage 2 Lluca to Alpens Stage 3 Alpens to Ripoll Stage 4 Ripoll to Sant Pau de Seguries Stage 5 Sant Pau de Seguries to Oix Stage 6 Oix to Besalu Stage 7 Besalu to Banyoles Stage 8 Banyoles to Orriols Stage 9 Orriols to Sant Marti d'Empuries Appendix A Route summary tables Appendix B A Spanish coast-to-coast Appendix C Useful contacts