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    John Oldfield(Author) Christine Oldfield(Author)
Over the years, Sunflower has had more requests for a book about Andaluca than any other destination. And here it is: a guide that captures the very essence of this most evocative part of Spain. An ever-changing landscape awaits your discovery, from the 'white villages' and ancient towns to the never-ending sierras, interspersed with razor-sharp gorges and gentler, verdant valleys. It is said that 'if you are not excited by Andaluca, you have no heart'. At the end of one of their hikes, while writing this book, as the authors sat on a hilltop basking in the sun and watching eagles frolicking above, they shared the unspoken thought that life doesn't get much better than this. You, too, will be excited after just a glimpse of the Andaluca that the Oldfields know and love their enthusiasm enlivens every page of the book. While all relevant transport timetables are included, a car is recommended if you really want to penetrate this part of Spain. Accordingly, many of the walks are circular or linear walks are designed so that you can pick up a bus to take you back to your car at the end of the hike.

"Gives you the lowdown on how to get the best out of excursions into the countryside. The Oldfields, who used to live in Spain, obviously took Andaluca to heart their enjoyment of the place colours their descriptions." (Sunday Times Book of the Week)

Best walking months: March to May, September and October 7 car tours, 40 long and short walks, 23 picnic suggestions Includes fold-out touring map

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  • By Graham Phillips on 9 October 2003

    I have only tried a few of the walks in this book. The guide proved to be detailed and accurate, and the book is a useful shape and size for carrying. My only criticism is that most of the walks are in the eastern part of Andalucia. If you're staying further west than Rhonda you won't find much here.

  • By Martin Alcock on 1 May 2009

    Landscapes of Andalucia and the Costa del Sol (Sunflower Landscapes)We always use the Sunflower Landscapes guides for walking abroad but found some problems with this particular guide.The biggest is in walk 20 which is high in the mountains and where the clear waymarked path which is naturally followed is neither shown on the map or described in the walk route, whereas the author's path leaves the waymarked path at about the 45min point but is not signposted and is indistinct so is extremely difficult to find. The waymarked path does rejoin the guide route at about the 3h30min point so does make a shorter circular route.Similarly the Beehive Walk junction at the 34min point is not clear if the rivers are low or dry. There is a large rock bluff cliff adjacent to the river at this point which if the guide mentioned would have allowed the path junction to be found.The instructions for locating Walk 18 are incorrect in that if you leave the main road when heading West at junction 175 there is no signposting for Istan. You need to leave the main road as soon as Istan is signposted at the earlier junsction.We also did walks 14, 15 and 19 which were fine except that the start of walk 14 took us a long time to find.The Sunflower guides are excellent books but we did find this one lacking in directions in walk navigation directions on several walks and to locate the start of some walks.

  • By shakesmyteeth on 22 February 2011

    I always take a Sunflower with me, I find them indispensable for finding walks outside the Costas which would be nigh impossible to find for non-Spanish speakers/residents.I also particularly like the notes on which flora and fauna to expect.We visited in August and so we only attempted 3 of the shorter walks which could be done in the late afternoon and completed before dark.We took our daughter (she was about 8 years old) on walk 16 - The Beehive Walk. Directions to start point for parking were spot on, as were the walk directions and notes.We did part of walk 10 - Frigliana. We followed the course of the Rio Higueron which was dry at this time of year. The descent/ascent into the Arroyo was by safe concrete tracks but was VERY steep.We also did the short version of walk 18 - Istan - again the directions were good, the fierce dog was there but safely behind a fence.We also did a fantastic mountains and plains drive from the coast at Almunecar to Otivar/Jayena/Alhama de Granada/Ventas de Zafarraya/Velez Malaga using some of Car Tour 2.I would definitely recommend these books if you want to explore safely beyond the Costas...but avoid the high summer !

  • By Peter C on 8 July 2014

    We have used this guide a number of times, and although we are not seasoned walkers we both find it very good and the intructions easy to folow. Like other people have said its just the correct size for popping in your back pocket. With this guide we have seen parts of the country we wouldn't have seen otherwise.

  • By Lil on 22 November 2016

    A+++!!

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