The GR 7 is 2699km long. It was the first long distance footpath to be marked out in Spain, and was initiated in 1974. It runs up the east side of peninsular Spain, but at some distance from the coast. From south-west to north-east, it runs through the Spanish regions of:
- Andalucía, from Tarifa to Puebla de Don Fadrique
- Murcia, from Cañada de la Cruz to Torre del Rico
- Valencia, from Pinoso to Fredes
- Catalonia, from Fredes to Andorra
From Andorra, the E4 continues in France
Like all the Gran Recorrido paths, the GR 7 is marked with red and white waymarks.
There is a choice of two routes around the Spanish Sierra Nevada, one to the north above the mountains, and one to the south below them. The Southern Route through the Alpujarra foothills is popular, linking numerous small Spanish villages.