The GR7 long distance footpath

The GR7 long distance footpath is long! It starts at Tarifa near Gibraltar crosses the coastal mountains of Spain before continuing across the Pyrenees. However, this is only part of the story. The GR7 is but one section of the ‘European Route No.4’ or E4, a 10,500-kilometre footpath that runs from the southernmost point of Spain all the way to Greece via France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary and Rumania.

GR7 Alpujarra section nr Válor

The letters GR stand for Gran Recorrido meaning long journey. Within Spain there is a network of long distance footpaths or Senderos de Gran Recorrido. From south-west to north-east, the GR 7 runs through the Spanish regions of Andalucía, Murcia, Valencia and Catalonia before entering Andorra. From Andorra, the E4 continues into France.


About Robert Bovington

Robert Bovington is an English writer of travel books. These include “Spanish Matters” and “Spanish Impressions” Robert Bovington was born in Brighton, East Sussex, the son of Leonard and Audrey Bovington. He is the first-born and has eight siblings – six brothers and two sisters. Having worked for many years in both the telecommunications industry and the teaching profession, Robert wanted to take on new challenges. He and Diane decided to relocate to Spain and, in 2003, the couple moved to Roquetas de Mar in sunny Andalucía. However, lazing on the beach was not Robert's idea of fun - he wanted to explore his new homeland. It didn't stop there! He was so impressed with Spain, its countryside, its historic cities and its culture that it inspired him to write about his experiences. Robert Bovington has been married to Diane for over thirty years. They have no children. However, Robert’s short marriage to Helene resulted in twin daughters Carole and Sheila. The author is also a grandfather and great grandfather. Robert met Diane when both belonged to the Crescent Operatic Society. Music is one of the author’s great passions. At primary school he sang in a choir in a concert of Bach and Handel. Another of his interests is football and for many years he supported Brighton & Hove Albion home and away. His favourite premiership team is Arsenal. Other interests include information technology, writing and ten-pin bowling.
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