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Who got a Garmin for Christmas?

If you are one of the many who found a Garmin GPS in their Christmas stocking, this post is for you.

Get your hands on a free sample ‘real-time’ map and see your Garmin come to life. You can choose a sample map of Graciosa ( off Lanzarote, Canary Islands) or Sierra de Aracena (Andalucia, Spain).

What you’ll get is a highly detailed real-time Tour & Trail digital download map, which you can save on your hard drive, transfer to your Garmin GPS CustomMap memory or onto a micro-SD card; you can also use the maps in Garmin Basecamp and Google Earth.

If you like what you’re seeing then you can purchase more mapping to download, for a whole host of destinations including:-

CANARY ISLANDS

Sample segment, Gran Canaria.

Sample segment, Gran Canaria.

Gran Canaria
Tenerife
La Palma
La Gomera
Lanzarote
Fuerteventura

MAINLAND SPAIN
Alpujarras (Sierra Nevada, Andalucia, southern Spain)
Costa Blanca Mountains (Alicante, southern Spain)
Axarquia (Andalucia, southern Spain)
Sierra de Aracena (Helva province, southern Spain)

BALEARIC ISLANDS
Mallorca
Menorca
Formentera
Ibiza

PORTUGUESE ISLANDS
Madeira

For more information about Tour & Trail Maps take a look HERE.

Costa Blanca Mountains – thank you Erik, for your valuable feedback.

A tour of Raco Roig (Walk 20)

A tour of Raco Roig (Walk 20)

We welcome all user feedback – and in particular for our new downloadable maps for Garmin GPS.

Erik is a Costa Blanca Mountains expert and guides walks in the region. https://www.walking-holiday-in-spain.com

See the maps he’s referring to here:-http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/CBM.htm

Here’s what he told us about  his experiences using both our printed maps and our maps for Garmin GPS:-

Costa Blanca Mountains map segment“Over the last month my walking customers have been testing the Discovery Walking Guides sheet map (Costa Blanca Mountains Tour & Trail Map) and downloadable basemaps on the eTrek Garmin 20 GPS for the treks and walking holidays we organise in the Costa Blanca Mountains.
The sheet maps are useful, although the 1:40,000 scale in the Spanish countryside is at the limit for precise navigating, the roads on the map translate as 55 metres wide on the ground – easily enough to get misplaced for a while. Some of what appear as roads are overgrown dirt tracks that are now footpaths, you can still get through but it can be a bit confusing so if you want to go off the marked routes you will need to be patient.

The marking of existing official routes and recommended routes is very good, there are some minor omissions and in one case replicating an error found on the local 1:20,000 topo. Not perfect but a very good approximation and an improvement on the local maps. The problem here is still the abysmal way marking of routes on the ground.

The area covered is quite extensive, although some of my routes fall outside the eastern margin of the coverage.

The basemaps for the Garmin GPS are very good, despite an initial problem with the download (for some reason Windows 7 stripped off the filetype which you had to add manually) they are now installed on all my Garmins. The image is very clear, much better than my own 1:25,000 basemaps that blur on zooming in.

The maps load relatively quickly on start-up and as you are walking the change from one tile to another is very smooth, in fact it is barely perceptible.

View over the coastal plain from the Costa Blanca Mountains

View over the coastal plain from the Costa Blanca Mountains

All in all a great improvement for those of us who have been struggling with Spanish maps for years, My only reservation is the 1:40,000 scale, I would love it if you would considering publishing 1:20,000 or 1:25,000 maps as a future upgrade.”

Costa Blanca Mountains – how would you like a free walk?

Walk The Costa Blanca Mountains Walk 7 sampleInland of the famous holiday coast of Spain’s Costa Blanca lies an unspoilt walker’s paradise.

Do you want a taste? Take a look at this free sample walk. Click on this link to access the download:-

http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/CBM.htm

Walk 7 ‘Castell de Confrides’ lies not far from Benidorm – here’s the objective, the remains of a stronghold hundreds of years old from which there are amazing views.

Walk! The Costa Blanca Mountains – now as a pdf

Spain’s Costa Blanca is so much more than the coastal strip – look inland – you could be up on those white mountains!Walk! the Costa Blanca Mountains cover

Walk! The Costa Blanca Mountains is available as a printed book – from today you can also download the pdf version. Perfect if there’s no time to get the printed copy before you head off adventuring. It’s also handy if you want to print off one or two pages to carry for the day, saving weight in your pack.

FInd out more here:

http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/CBM.htm