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The GR 7 is a long-distance footpath in Spain, Andorra and France. It is part of the Spanish network of Senderos de Gran Recorrido and the French network of Sentiers de Grandes Randonnées. Part of GR 7 forms the south-western most part of the European walking route E4 in Spain. GR 7 runs from Tarifa, near Gibraltar, across Spain, through France into Andorra, and back into France to Mont Aigoual and Aire-de-Côte in the Cevennes. GR 7 continues north from the Cevennes mountains and the final 250 km end on the top of the Ballon d'Alsace, Alsace, northern France; here it meets E5.
The Spanish GR 7 is 1900 km long. It was the first long-distance footpath to be marked out in Spain, and was initiated in 1974. It runs up the east side of peninsular Spain, but at some distance from the coast. From south-west to north-east, it runs through the Spanish regions of:
- Andalucía, from Tarifa to Puebla de Don Fadrique
- Murcia, from Cañada de la Cruz to Torre del Rico
- Valencia, from Pinoso to Fredes
- Catalonia, from Fredes to Andorra
Like all the Gran Recorrido paths, the GR 7 is marked with red and white waymarks. These waymarks, at least on some segments of the trail, are few and faded.
There is a choice of two routes around the Spanish Sierra Nevada, one to the north of the mountains, and one to the south below. The Southern Route through the Alpujarra foothills is popular, linking numerous small Spanish villages.
France and Andorra
E 7 path
GR 7 appears to coincide with European walking route E7 in northern Spain, in Andorra, and in France as far as the Cevenne (see E7 at the European Ramblers' Association). From the Cevenne the European walking route E7 continues south along Gr 6, through the South of France, Italy, Slovenia, and Hungary. It will eventually end in Romania, so as to create a route that will reach from the Atlantic (Lisbon, Portugal) to the Black Sea, however some stages, including parts of the route through Italy, are still in planning (see E7 at the European Ramblers' Association).
Shirra, Kirstie, Lowe, Michelle. Walking the GR7 in Andalucia. Millnthorpe, Cumbria: Cicerone, 2010.
- Path in Granada: http://www.gr7-granada.com/
- Grandes Randonnées (French long distance paths): <http://www.gr-infos.com/gr-en.htm>
- E7 European long distance path
- Map 903: France: Grande Randonnée. Paris: IGN, 1992
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