Start: Grazalema Finish: Ronda
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
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 and Mediterranean scents. 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.
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 idistance, 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.
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.
After a short transfer to the starting point in Villaluenga del Rosario, situated below a steep rocky outcropping, 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. The views and sculpture formations definetly make this longer route well worth!.
Challenge: 5.5-6,5 hrs, 17,5 km, 475/640 m ascent/descent or 525/975 m ascent/descent.
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.
A hike through evocative rural lansdscapes, 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.
Your program comes to an end today after breakfast. 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)
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!"