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Grazalema and Ronda easy walking
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Grazalema and Ronda easy walking

Grazalema and Ronda easy walking

Discover this "green gem" in the South of Spain

  • The charming and romantic town of Ronda, with its Moorish legacy
  • Select hotels in mountain areas
  • A unique and surprising oasis of green in the South of Spain
  • White-washed villages surrounded by aromatic Mediterranean vegetation
  • Spanish Fir forests that lead to impressive gorges and incredible rock formations
  • Large limestone caves and cliffs, home to Griffon and Egyptian vultures
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Route

Start: Ronda                                  End: Ronda

Day 1: Arrival in Ronda
Day 2: Grazalema: choice of circular walks (4 / 9 km)
Day 3: Walk to Benaocaz or Villaluenga (12 / 15.5 km)
Day 4: To Benaoján via Montejaque (17.5 km)
Day 5: Through the Guadiaro Valley (9.5 km)
Day 6: From Montejaque to Ronda (11.5 km)
Day 7: End of programme

Day 1:    Arrival in Ronda

Strategically situated, the beautiful town of Ronda sits on a sandstone plateau at an elevation of 723m, overlooking a spectacular gorge, ‘El Tajo’, which literally means ‘the Cut’. There are three bridges crossing the gorge that show the different cultural legacies of the town; two low ones from Roman and Moorish times and a huge higher bridge built in the late 18th Century (‘El Puente Nuevo’). Ronda is known also as the ‘birthplace of bullfighting’, where the Romero family (locals) standardized the rules for this sport at the end of the 18th Century. Enjoy your free time exploring this charming town!

Day 2:    Grazalema: choice of circular walks (4 / 9 km)

Grazalema is a picturesque mountain village with steep lanes, bright white-washed houses, sunlit patios and balconies full of flowers. An important centre for wool fabric and blanket production since Moorish times, Grazalema is also known for its cheese. The Sierra of Grazalema was also a perfect hiding and ‘working’ area for smugglers and bandits known as bandoleros. Both walks you can chose, offer lovely views among the striking combination of red earth tones and green vegetation. Because neither walk is particularly lengthy, you may choose to do both.

Challenge: 4/9 km,1.5/4.5h, 175/500m ascent & descent.

Day 3:    Walk to Benaocaz or Villaluenga (12 / 15.5 km)

Walk through a classic limestone landscape dotted with 'cortijos' - traditional farmhouse complexes found across the countryside. Lovely woods of evergreen oaks and typical Mediterranean vegetation on your way to Benaocaz - an untouched 'Pueblo Blanco' with historic remains dating back to Roman times. The village sits perched on a hill, with sweeping views all around. If you chose walking to Villaluenga del Rosario via the Campobuche River valley, this route is longer but the walking is easier and the terrain more suitable in foggy weather.

Challenge:  11.7/15.6 km, 5.5/ 5 h, 500/350m ascent, 550/325m descent.

Day 4:    To Benaoján via Montejaque (17.5 km)

The walk starts in the lovely village of Villaluenga del Rosario - home to a unique 'square bullring' carved right out of the rock. From here, you descend into the bucolic valley of Llanos del Republicano, where the river disappears mysteriously into a limestone sink. Continue along sculpted the cliffs in the Sierras de Libar and el Palo, to reach another hidden jewel; beautiful Montejaque. After a refreshing drink, you have the option of taking a taxi to your next hotel base in Benaoján, or continuing here on foot. 

Challenge: 17.5 km, 6-6.5h, 525m ascent, 975m descent. 

Day 5:    Through the Guadiaro Valley (9.5 km)

The day begins taking the train to Jimera de Libar. When you arrive in town,  a picturesque nature walk through peaceful surroundings awaits, walking from Jimera de Libar train station back to Benaoján. Walking near the railway tracks and the river, you are highly likely to see some catfish coasting along in the stream. In spring the mountains and valleys along this route swill show the great range of wildflowers, butterflies, and other small insects you could ever imagine. Look out also for goats and black pigs that frequent the area and look every now and then to the other side of the railway line, where you may see some Ibex. 

Challenge: 9.5 km, 3 h, 235m ascent, 275m descent. 

Day 6:    From Montejaque to Ronda (11.5 km)

Today, the route starts following a section of ancient cobbled path, then fields and characterful family farms, lead to the end of the route - Ronda. Widely regarded as one of the prettiest towns in Andalusia, its intriguing mix of Moorish and European monuments is captivating. Established in the 9th century BC, it is also one of Spain's oldest towns and its history is palpable in every corner. 

Challenge: 11.5 km, 4.5 h, 440m ascent, 420m descent. 

Day 7:    End of programme

Today, after breakfast, your arrangement ends.

'standard' hotels
'Select' hotels

This programme offers special quality accommodation. These hotels are generally located in historic, carefully decorated buildings and they provide exclusive services for their clients.  Some have a swimming pool or SPA and, in many cases, a restaurant with unique, sophisticated cuisine.  

If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request another accommodation of similar characteristics and inform you about the alternative booked. 

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

Hotel Maestranza **** (Ronda)
Hotel Maestranza **** (Ronda)

With an excellent location in the heart of the historic city of Ronda, 200m from the famous bridge that separates the old part of the city from the new and opposite the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda Bullring.  The warm decorative style of the establishment's facilities will help guests to immerse themselves in the romantic atmosphere of this historic city and fully enjoy its each and every corner.

www.hotelmaestranzaronda.com

Hotel La Mejorana (Grazalema)
Hotel La Mejorana (Grazalema)

Located in the very heart of “Parque Natural de la Sierra de Grazalema”. This house stands out thanks to its majestic atmosphere and preserved traditional architecture. It has six double rooms that have been decorated with exquisite style and taste. As an extra treat, a beautiful garden, a nice terrace and an outdoor pool.

www.lamejorana.net/en

Hotel Molino del Santo (Benaoján)
Hotel Molino del Santo (Benaoján)

Molino del Santo is a beautiful family- owned rural boutique hotel tucked away by a mountain stream near Ronda. All the rooms at Molino del Santo are different, they all have their special character and style, with a host of details that make a difference. The hotel has been awarded ass the  “Best Countryside Hotel in Spain” and the “Most Romantic Hotel in Spain” and for the last five years has been the winner of Trip Advisor Awards.

www.molinodelsanto.com

practical info

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 Ronda

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. 

 

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

  • 6 nights in select hotels with comfortable ensuite rooms
  • 6 hearty breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer on Days 2,4 and 6
  • Private transfer from Ronda to Grazalema on Day 2
  • Private transfers to and from walks on Day 3 and 6
  • Detailed route descriptions and maps  
  • 24-hour telephone assistance
  • Routes in digital format (.gpx) for GPS or mobile devices 

Not Included

  • Lunches and dinner 
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist Tax
  • Transfers by public transportation
  • Train ticket on Day 5
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, tips, extra transfers, etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the programme

Extras

  • Extra nights at any of the accommodations of the programme 
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Transfers from/to airports  
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