These are footpaths that are indicated, that is tosay, there are signs on them, such as milestones, arrows, panels,paint marks, etc., and are supposed to stretch, whenever possible, away from asphalt roads and traffic. The Great Málaga Path signpost –GR 249 (Long-distance 249).
There are three groups of signposted footpaths:
- Long-distance Paths (LD / GR - in Spanish) are longer than 50 km and connect points that have a great distance between them. They stretchacross beauty spots, areas, regions, or countries that are far away one from another. These trails are normally divided into stages.
- Short-distance Paths (SD / PR - in Spanish), which are between 10 and 50 km long, go through specific areas or lead to a particular village or town, or other destination, and can be done in a day. PR-A indicates a short-distancepath in Andalusia.
- Local Paths (LP / SL - in Spanish) can be 10 km long, and have minimum difficulty.
If a long tour path goes throughthree or more European states, it becomes an international path, and it is signposted with ‘E’ letter.
Who these paths are meant for?
Long-distance and short-distance paths are meant for people who like walking, nature, watching the landscape and discover the surroundings during the walk. This activity is compatible with some other hobbies, such as photography, drawing, and interest in animals and plants.
It is not necessary to be specially fit nor to be certain age, or a member of a club (although the latter is advisable). Considering that the trail is signposted, it is difficult to get lost, and it is appropriate for families.
Signposted routes can be done in any direction and you can take as long as you wish to end it. Sometimes, there are footways that lead towards monuments or some places of tourist interest. (e.g. Direction Sign. Path that leads to Salares.)
On long-distance paths, after some kilometres, there are villages where you can buy food or stay for night. Thanks to this, it is not necessary to take a lot of weight on the trip. On the other hand, short-distance paths are prepared for short walks, half-day, day-long or weekend excursions.