If you're walking with a tent and pitching it up somewhere high in the mountains (this may not be legal, but if you're well behaved nothing will happen), you won't have a problem with crowds. Very few people hike with a tent. In general, as soon as you're more than ~2 hours from the nearest car park, you're out of the crowds. That being said, it ...
That snow clearly isn't fresh and has been slowly melting and refreezing for a few days. The thing is, prints get larger as the snow melts. I own retrievers that weight about 34 kg (75 lb) and I've seen their prints appear that large after a few days of mild temps even though they're significantly smaller than the average North American wolf. So whatever ...
If you want to investigate the Spanish side, you could try the Ordesa Y Monte Perdido National Park. We approached from the French side by car, through the D-137/A138 tunnel, and then drove through the Añisclo Canyon to Nerin, which is a mountain village that makes a good starting point / base camp. It looks like an even more impressive approach might be on ...
Spain is mediocre when it comes to topographic maps. Certainly beats Italy, but you won't find the quality of France, Switzerland, Germany, or northern Europe. They're not too old — you can find maps less than 10 years old in the new digital series, at scales down to 1:25,000. In general, what's on the map exists and is accurate. Unfortunately: most ...
My wife and I have just returned from a week of hiking in and near the eastern Pyrenees, starting from Foix, having flown in to Toulouse. The train journey from Toulouse to Foix is pleasant and takes about three hours.
From there we did three days on the Sentier Cathar, which follows the route of the GR107, then a day south on the GR107 to Ax les Thermes, ...
Depending on where you are camping I would recommend a three or four season synthetic sleeping bag.
Synthetic bags are generally cheaper and bulkier than down bags for an equivalent warmth. As you are car camping the additional bulk isn't that important.
Most of Spain has night temperatures between 5-0 C this time of year so a three season bag should be ...
The phone number is right: + 34 956 70 97 33 (Grazalema's park visitors centre, El Bosque)
You can send an email to this address:
In this mail, you must provide:
Number of persons.
Date of the visit.
Trail to follow (read below, the restricted area you want to visit).
Restricted areas are:
About twelve years ago, I went hiking in Sant Maurici National Park in the Pyrenees. It's the other National Park in the Pyrenees (the first is the one Wajurgmitr mentioned).
There are two viable entrances to the park- from Boi in the west and Espot in the east - I started in Espot. There are ten or so refuges in the park, in which you can eat and sleep, ...
If you want to go on walking routes then a good option is http://www.prames.com/
they will post walking guides internationally. Many of the guides include maps for the routes. The routes are also waymarked which is a large advantage as well.
Even if you are not very good at Spanish it is worth getting the books because they are a lot cheaper than the maps.
There are two problems with this question:
Night-time temperatures vary a great deal across Spain-it is a big country, with coasts, plains and mountains
Your ideal temperature may be very different to mine
So what you want to do is look at the range of expected temperatures in the area you plan to camp, compare those with temperatures you are comfortable ...
I have just found out that you can book visits online (only spanish language):
In main page (www.reservatuvisita.es) you can find visitor centers in natural areas of Andalusia (spanish southern region)