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Sierra de Grazalema walking trip
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ESSW041
Man & Biosphere Walking
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Sierra de Grazalema walking trip

Sierra de Grazalema walking trip

“Undiscovered” oasis of green in the South of Spain

  • An “undiscovered” oasis of green in the South of Spain
  • A mountainous area surrounded by picturesque white-washed villages 
  • Marvellous limestone formations, marked by spectacular gorges 
  • Ronda, with its intriguing mix of Moorish and European monuments 
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Route

Start: Grazalema      Finish: Ronda

Day 1: Arrival in Southern Spain
Day 2: Circular walk from Grazalema (4 - 9 km)
Day 3: From Grazalema to Benaocaz (12 - 16 km)
Day 4: Circular walk from Benaocaz (5 - 7 km)
Day 5: From Benaocaz to Montejaque (17,5 km)
Day 6: Choice of walking routes (8 - 13 km)
Day 7: Onward to Ronda (11,5 km)
Day 8: End of program

Day 1:    Arrival in Southern Spain

Today you travel to the "Pueblos Blancos" ("the white villages") and arrive in the lovely white-washed village of Grazalema (situated at 830m), where you'll spend the next 2 nights in a traditional village hostel with restaurant and nice cool patio.

Challenge: Travel to Grazalema

Day 2:    Circular walk from Grazalema (4 - 9 km)

On the first day of walking, you have a choice between 2 short circular routes. Both walks afford beautiful views and a striking combination of red earth tones adorned by green vegetation. In the afternoon, time to explore small shops in the village and enjoy some refreshment on an outdoor terrace.

Challenge: 1.5-4,5 hrs, 4-9 km, 150-500m ascent/descent.

Day 3:    From Grazalema to Benaocaz (12 - 16 km)

Today you choose from 2 different walks. Both take you through striking limestone landscapes and holm and cork oak groves, passing traditional ranches called “cortijos”. One option (Grazalema-Benaocaz) involves an ascent to the pass at Puerto Boyar and one section where route-finding can be a bit more difficult, especially in foggy weather. The other option (Grazalema-Villaluenga) is longer in terms of km, but easier walking on nearly flat terrain (then taxi transfer from Villaluenga to Benaocaz). At the end of the day you settle into your next accommodation situated in an authentic Andalusian white-washed village (“pueblo blanco”) with its Moorish past and origins dating back to Roman times.

Challenge: (to Benaocaz) 5-5,5 hrs, 12 km, 500 m ascent, 550 m descent.

                 (a Villaluenga) 5 hrs, 16 km, 350 m ascent, 325 m descent.

Day 4:    Circular walk from Benaocaz (5 - 7 km)

In the morning, you do a short circular walk along a historic footpath to reach a popular nesting site for vultures, fantastic vista point which provides sweeping views. In the afternoon, follow the old Roman Road down to the lively town of Ubrique and option of having dinner there.

Challenge: 1.5-3 hrs, 5-7km, 200m 10/465 m ascent/descent or 200m ascent/descent.

Day 5:    From Benaocaz to Montejaque (17,5 km)

Short transfer to the starting point for your walk, in Villaluenga del Rosario, situated below a steep rocky outcropping. From there you walk down to Llanos del Republicano, a valley with a deep limestone cave where the river disappears underground. Strolling between the Sierra de Libar and Sierra del Palo, you pass grey-white limestone hills and impressive karstic formations on the way to Montejaque, a lovely town and the last “Pueblo Blanco” on your trip. Although today’s route is long, you won’t find it too demanding. 

Challenge: 5.5-6,5 hrs, 17,5 km, 475/640 m ascent/descent or 525/975 m ascent/descent.

Day 6:    Choice of walking routes (8 - 13 km)

Again there are 2 options for today: The first is a beautiful circular route from Montejaque via El Hacho Peak, following wide gravel tracks through Río Campobuche valley and dirt paths through woodlands and olive orchards. The second walk takes you to “La Cueva de la Pileta”,  with its prehistoric cave paintings. To get there you first have to walk down to Benaoján (which is only possible on surfaced roads, including 800m on the main road), but then you have a beautiful section through a quiet Mediterranean woodland, followed by a steep ascent on goat trails up to the cave. There is no circular route possible here, so you either have to retrace your steps, order a taxi at the Cave or walk back to Benaoján Estación for a Spanish lunch at Restaurant Molino del Santo. If you’re returning on foot, remember that the walk up to Montejaque is steep and it might be very hot in the afternoon sun.

Challenge: Circular route: 3-3,5 hrs, 8 km, 325 m ascent/descent. 

                 Cueva de la Pileta: 2,5-5 hrs, max.13km, 325 ascent, 625m descent. 

Day 7:    Onward to Ronda (11,5 km)

A rural hike which starts out with a section on an ancient cobbled path. Next you walk among fields and small family farms to reach Ronda, where a spectacular bridge spans the deep gorge and literally divides the town in two. The historical Moorish quarter is well worth a visit.

Challenge: 4,5hrs, 11.5 km,  440 m ascent, 420 m descent. 

Day 8:    End of program

Your program comes to an end today after breakfast. Departure from Ronda.

accommodation

The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels we work with appear here. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra nights: Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.

Hospedería Casa de las Piedras

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. 

www.casadelaspiedras.es

Posada El Parral

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. 

www.posadaelparral.weebly.com

Posada del Fresno

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. 

www.posadadelfresno.com

Hotel Polo

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. 

www.hotelpolo.net

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, throughout the year.

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 

Departure from Ronda
Take a bus from Ronda back to Málaga (Avanza Bus www.avanzabus.com or DAMAS  ). Travel time is about 3 hrs. From Málaga city centre you can reach the airport by bus, train or taxi 

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transport on days 3,5 and 7
  • Transfers according to program, on days 1 (from Ronda bus station to first accommodation) and 5
  • Detailed route descriptions and maps  
  • 24-hour telephone assistance, just a phone call away

Not Included

  • Transfer to Ronda on day 1 and transfer from last accommodation to Ronda on the last day
  • Other meals
  • Additional transfers
  • Personal expenses (drinks, phone calls, tips, etc.)

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Transfers from / to airports on arrival /departure can be arranged  
  • Additional nights can be booked at any of the standard accommodations or at conveniently-located hotels, near airports.
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