The GR-7 and Rainer Maria Rilke
The GR-7 is part of the European Long Distance Trail E-4 and passes directly by Rancho Los Lobos. The idea of the long-distance hiking trails was introduced in 1969 with the intention of connecting the peoples of Europe. Meanwhile there are twelve of these trails with a total length of about 60.000 km throughout Europe.
The start of the GR-7, which is called Gran Recorrido (big round), is in Tarifa. More than 10.000 kilometers long it is the longest long distance hiking trail and more than 700 kilometers of it pass through Andalusia. You can see why it is something of a myth among hikers, as it is one of the most versatile and diversified hiking paths. It leads past white villages, the vulture canyon that is known for its biggest griffon vulture colony of Europe, the Cañón de las Buitreras and finally to Ronda, the Andalusian small city with an impressive suspension bridge. Ronda is not only a popular destination for tourists, it has already enchanted Rainer Maria Rilke and inspired him to write some poems:
No road is long with a friend by your side.