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Andalucia and the Costa del Sol Walks and Car Tours (Landscapes Series) [Paperback]

John Oldfield and Christine Oldfield
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15 Jun 2010 Landscapes
This pocket-sized guide describes car tours, picnic places and walks throughout south-central Andalucia: the Alpujarra, Granada and the Sierra Nevada, the Axarquia, Antequera and the Torcal Natural Park, the El Chorro Nature Reserve, the Sierra de Mijas, Sierra de las Nieves, Ronda and the Sierra de Grazalema.

It captures the very essence of this most evocative part of Spain. An ever-changing landscape awaits your discovery whether you are driving or walking - from the 'white villages' and ancient towns to the never-ending sierras, razor-sharp gorges and gentle verdant valleys.

All the tours and walks are easily accessed from the popular Costa del Sol resorts. Since many people will explore Andalucía by car, most of the walks are circular. But for those without a car, there are timetables for local transport. The guide includes fold-out touring maps and large-scale (1:50,000) topographical walking maps.

7 car tours, 40 long and short walks, 23 picnic suggestions. Plan of Marbella. Free online update service with specific route change information on the publisher's website, maintained daily.

The 'Landscapes' series, with 50 destinations, has been dubbed 'the blue Bibles' by the Sunday Times and led to Sunflower being one of only four publishers (from a field of 18) chosen as a Which? Recommended Provider of Guidebooks.

The lowdown on how to get the best out of ... the countryside. --(Sunday Times)

The guide covers areas up to two hours' drive both north and south of Malaga. We spent a week in Competa, one hour northwest of Malaga, and used the guide for touring and walks. The car tours are easy to follow and informative. The walking details are excellent --(Peter M, Amazon)

Indispensable for a first visit... Without the book I would never have found these [walks] --(GW, Amazon)

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Sunflower Books; 4 edition (15 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856913805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856913805
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable for a first visit 4 July 2011
By Geoff W
Format:Paperback
I have used this walking guide on four visits to Andalucia. It is worth buying in England before travelling in order to plan your walks - indeed you may find it hard to find other than in Malaga or Marbella. The walks are sensibly graded from easy to strenuous, from a stroll along gravel tracks in woods (eg walk 19 Rio del Burgo)to what would be a good day's mountain walk in the Lake District (eg walk 20 Penon de los Enamorades). Without the book I would never have found these, as there were no maps available on my first visit and subsequent purchase of the official Spanish 1:25000 proved futile - they cover a tiny area and show many contours and few paths. In 2009 some good walking maps have started to appear which will complement this guide.

The walks have been carefully planned to be are almost always circular - you will probably have one hire car and there is little public transport to use. Advice is sound - take plenty of water (I have done some of them in August) and in winter there will be only a light covering of snow on the highest peaks.

There is only one criticism I have of the book which stops me giving it five stars - that is tries to cover too large a grade of walks over too large an area. I have been based in the Malaga - Marbella region like most tourists. That means up to a two hour drive to the the start of walks near Ronda or Yunquera, and only half of the walks are accessible from one holiday destinataion.
So you are buying a guide which covers about 100 miles east to west along the coast and 30 miles inland. Compare it to buying a walking guide with 25 walks covering the whole of Wales.

Having said that, the five walks you may get out of the book will each be worth the price you paid for it.

This review refers to the 1999 edition of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andalucia in February 16 May 2011
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The book covers areas up to two hours drive both north and south of Malaga city. We spent a week based in Competa, one hour north-west of Malaga, in February and used the Landscape guide for touring and walks. The car tour descriptions are easy to follow and informative. The walking details are excellent. Initially, there is clarity in the "How to get there" section. And for the walks themselves, the words, photos and maps are of such good quality that, taken together, they make following the route very easy. Fortunately, our walking speed coincided with the author's timings which meant that the regular time checks, which accumulate from the start point, were a helpful check on progress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sunflower guide proves invaluable again 14 Sep 2014
Format:Paperback
This is the third Sunflower guide we have used for a walking holiday in Spain. Again, we found it invaluable as it seems to be hard to get guide books in English out here. Local tourist offices seem to have a patchy, localised selection of guides in English.

We also did a couple of the car tours and think that it would be very difficult to find all the places mentioned under one's own steam, without a decent guide book. I would thoroughly recommend this and the series in general to anyone visiting the area.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful guide book for planning days out 26 July 2014
By CB
Format:Paperback
We used this book on a recent 2 week stay near Ronda. We did all three walks in the Grazelema area & they were fantastic. I think the level of detail in the book is spot on if you have a car & want advice on planning days out as you can get ideas for touring routes & short/longer hikes & places to stop for picnics etc. really good - will look at this range again for our next trip to Northern Spain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Was useful for holiday walking in Alpujarras 12 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback
We used this for a walking holiday based at Orgiva. As the book covers a huge area only two of the sections were relevant to us, but that gave use nine good walks and introduced us to a fantastic area that we have now been back to a couple of times. We got this one as an e book and have it on an itouch which has proved a good way of accessing the guide, particularly good for expanding the maps and seeing the detail on them We also did one of the Nerja walks, number 10 and that provides a good option for days when the weather is bad in the Aplujarras or the Sierras. The Sunflower books have become a must have for all the walking holidays we go on, they provide a real insight into the quiet places and give us the confidence to explore and build upon the starting point they provide.
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4.0 out of 5 stars review 18 Feb 2012
By Rebecca
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As with all the Sunflower books I have used this didn't disappoint. Particularly in the planning phase it was useful to have an overview. And the blend of photos, accurate text and clear maps made it indispensable once in the country.
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