Start: Grazalema Finish: Ronda
Travel to Southern Spain’s ‘white villages’, the ‘Pueblos Blancos’, and arrive in lovely white-washed Grazalema. Situated at an elevation of 830m, this welcoming spot will be your home for the next two nights. Taste some tapas at a local bar and start to resonate with the exotic vibe of Andalusia.
Challenge: Travel to Grazalema
Your first day presents a choice of short circular routes from Grazalema. Both walks afford picture-perfect views and a striking combination of red earth tones against green vegetation. Breathe in the aromas of Mediterranean plants as you hike. Later, plan an afternoon wander to explore small village shops and select a spot to savour some refreshing sangria.
Challenge: 1.5-4.5 hrs, 4-9 km, 150-500m ascent/descent
Again, the choice is yours! Explore limestone terrain, holm and cork oak groves and traditional ‘cortijo’ ranches. One option goes door-to-door and leads up to the pass at Puerto Boyar, an excellent way to test your route-finding skills especially in foggy weather. The longer option provides easier walking on flat terrain, ending with a taxi transfer from Villaluenga to Benaocaz. By late afternoon you’re settled in at another authentic ‘pueblo blanco’ with a Moorish past and origins dating back to Roman times.
Challenge: (to Benaocaz) 5-5.5 hrs, 12 km, 500m ascent, 550m descent
(to Villaluenga) 5 hrs, 16 km, 350m ascent, 325m descent
What is not to love? A loop walk on historic cobbled footpaths, a popular nesting site for dozens of vultures, a fantastic vista point with overwhelming views. In short, a perfect day! This evening opt to hike the old Roman Road down to lively Ubrique, explore the town and perhaps enjoy dinner there.
Challenge: 1.5-3 hrs, 5-7 km, 465m ascent/descent or 200m ascent/descent
Jump in the taxi for a short transfer to Villaluenga del Rosario, the starting point for today’s walk dramatically situated beneath a rocky outcropping. Trundling down to Llanos del Republicano, you discover a secret valley where a the river sinks into a deep limestone cave in the ground. Sandwiched between the Sierra de Libar and Sierra del Palo, your route traverses grey-white limestone hills and impressive karstic formations to reach one of the Serranía de Ronda’s prettiest towns: Montejaque, where you check off the last ‘pueblo blanco’ on your list.
Challenge: 5.5-6.5 hrs, 17.5 km, 475/640m ascent/descent or 525/975m ascent/descent
Make up your mind once again and this is a tough one. Opt for a lovely loop via El Hacho Peak, taking wide gravel tracks through Campobuche Valley and dirt footpaths among olive groves. Or trek to the cave paintings at ‘Cueva de la Pileta’, with a short bit on the road followed by a peaceful section through a wood and a final steep ascent. Retrace your steps afterwards, order a taxi from the Cave or walk down to Benaoján Estación and savour a delectable Spanish lunch at Restaurant Molino del Santo.
Challenge: Circular route: 3-3.5 hrs, 8 km, 325m ascent/descent
Cueva de la Pileta: 2.5-5 hrs, max.13 km, 325m ascent, 625m descent
Wander through evocative rural landscapes with a first section on an ancient cobbled footpath. Walk through fields of spring poppies, passing family farms on your way to Ronda. Here the local attention-getter is without a doubt ‘el Puente Nuevo’, a spectacular bridge spanning the deep gorge and literally dividing the town in two. Get lost later on narrow lanes in the historic Moorish quarter, select a terrace for tapas and toast to this splendid adventure in ‘Al-Andalus’.
Challenge: 4.5 hrs, 11.5 km, 440m ascent, 420m descent
Your self-guided walking trip comes to an end today after breakfast.
Challenge: Departure from Ronda
This inn is the result of joining several typical manor houses from the period in which Grazalema was at its peak of industrialisation during the 19th century. It still preserves it s patios, its back entrance with an iron gate and the main entranceway decorated with tiles.
This traditional country house has bright rooms with views to the mountains, an outdoor swimming pool, a garden and a terrace with barbecue area. The decoration in pastel colours and traditional furniture gives the rooms a special and welcoming touch.
Warm and welcoming accommodation that inspires serenity, calmness and peace. It has obtained three certifications that prove its commitment to quality and sustainability in its amenities.
Comfortable hotel, perfect to relax and rest after some intense hiking days of beautiful landscapes and good tapas. An exquisite treatment of the staff, very nice and knowledgeable of the area.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, throughout the year. Not recomended in November (heavy rain) and either from June 15th until 31st august (too hot)
SUPPLEMENTS will apply at Easter, Goyesca (Sept), 101 km race (May) in Ronda.
The nearest airport is Málaga (APG)
Arrival in Grazalema
From Málaga airport (AGP) you can take a taxi, train or shuttle bus to Málaga city centre.
Then travel from Málaga to Ronda by bus, with Avanza bus www.avanzabus.com. Also can use DAMAS bus company Travel time is about 3 hrs. Transfer from Ronda bus station to your first accommodation is included in your package
GPS tracks are available on request.
"We enjoyed this walking trip immensely. Every walk was different with spectacular views, limestone geography and rural landscapes. The accommodation in small family run hotels and inns in the white villages allowed us to experience the real Spain and such a warmth of welcome! The S-cape materials and trip notes were well organized and the logistics were handled seamlessly. We highly recommend!"
"We have walked several times with S-Cape, and this holiday was right up to their usual high standard. The scenery was fabulous, the walks were well planned and well mapped, the accommodation in the villages was really comfortable, and the whole itinerary worked perfectly. Thanks to the whole team for another marvellous holiday!"