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Walking the Sierra de Grazalema
A route through a natural park
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The village of Grazalema is surrounded by beautiful and protected wooded mountains, and is considered one of the most beautiful in Andalucia. The surrounding Parque Natural offers a wealth of walking opportunities linking traditional whitewashed villages through an inspiring landscape of limestone peaks and verdant mountain pastures.

The extraordinary microclimate of the region makes the Sierra de Grazalema one of the most ecologically important in Spain. Ronda is a fascinating town to finish your holiday with its Moorish routes, panoramic vistas and museums.

About the Route

Facts:Our route from Grazalema, approx 800m above sea level, to Ronda, two picturesque hillside towns, allows plenty of time to full appreciate this corner of Andalucia. In this part of Spain, many think of the classic cities such as Seville and Cordoba, but here you’ll find villages steeped in Moorish history and the fields brimming with olive groves and vineyards. The variety of terrain and scenery in such a small area is quite remarkable. We offer circular walks, linear routes and on some days, a choice of walks.

Highlights:

  • Los Pueblos Blancos of Andalucia
  • Limestone peaks and rolling sierras
  • Ronda’s Puente Nuevo, spanning the Tajo gorge
  • Pastures alive with springtime flowers
  • Andalucian cuisine
  • The nature of the trail: The trail is described as moderate with daily mileage ranging from an easy 4kms to a more challenging 17.5kms, and is best enjoyed from April through to October (perhaps avoiding the summer months of July and August as it can be quite hot). Pathways are a mix of undulating cobbled mule paths, dirt tracks and finally some tarmac paths as you enter and leave villages.

    Grazalema to Ronda - 6 Days

    6 days walking
    7 nights accommodation
    45 miles /72km
    Twin/Double room per person from:
    £439  Per Person
    Single room per person from:
    £544 Per Person
    Solo Traveller per person from:
    £648  Per Person
    Season:
    spring, summer, autumn

    Itinerary

    Arrival - Arrive in Grazalema

    Arrive in the village of Grazalema, one of the prettiest “Pueblos Blancos” of Andalucia.

    Day 1 - Circular walk from Grazalema 2.5m or 5.3m (4km or 8.5km)

    You have a choice between 2 circular routes today, both with scenic views over the surrounding countryside. The extraordinary microclimate of the Grazalema region makes the Sierra de Grazalema one of the most ecologically important in Spain. You’ll have time to explore the village too, with its whitewashed houses, narrow, steep cobblestone streets and picturesque vistas

    1.5hrs or 4.5hrs, 2.5m or 5.3m/4 or 8.5km, 200m or 500m ascent and descent

    Day 2 - Walking from Grazalema to Benaocaz 7.1m or 9.6m (11.5km or 15.5 km)

    Walking to Benaocaz today, you have an option of 2 routes. Both take you through striking limestone landscapes with holm and cork oak groves, passing traditional cortijos. Grazalema-Benaocaz involves an ascent to the pass at Puerto Boyar and the other route, from Grazalema-Villaluenga, is longer in terms of km, but easier walking on almost flat terrain. A taxi transfer is included from Villaluenga to Benaocaz.

    5hrs or 6hrs walking time, 7.1m or 9.6m/11.7km or 15.5km, 550m ascent, 500m descent or 350m ascent, 325m descent.

    Day 3 - Circular walk from Benaocaz 4.3m (7 km)

    A relaxing circular walk along a historic footpath reaches a popular nesting site for vultures, and a fantastic vista point with sweeping views. In the afternoon, you may wish to follow the old Roman Road down to the lively town of Ubrique have dinner there.

    2.5hrs-3hrs, 4.3m/7km, 200m ascent/descent

    Day 4 - Walking from Benaocaz to Montejaque 10.9m (17.5 km)

    A short transfer (included) takes you to the starting point for today’s walk to Villaluenga del Rosario. From here 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 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.

    5.5hrs-6hrs, 10.9m/17.5km, ascent 475m, descent 650m

    Day 5 - Walking from Montejaque 4m or 7.8m (6.5km or 12.5 km)

    Allowing for personal choice there are 2 routes you can walk today. The first is a beautiful circular route from Montejaque via El Hacho Peak, following wide gravel tracks through the 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, which involves some road walking followed by 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 possibly stopping for lunch en route.

    2.5hrs or 5.5 hrs, 4m or 7.8m/6.4km or 12.8km, 335m ascent/descent or 625m ascent/descent

    Day 6 - Walking from Montejaque to Ronda 7.1m (11.5kms)

    A countryside walk starting on an ancient cobbled path that leads to fields, seeing small family farms. Ronda, with its spectacular bridge spans the deep gorge and literally divides the town in two, is our destination today. The historical old town, bull ring and Alameda gardens are well worth a visit.

    4.5hrs, 7.1m/11.5km, ascent 440m, descent 220m

    Departure - Departure from Ronda after breakfast

    Depart after breakfast.

    Notes

    Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

    Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

    If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

    ACCOMMODATION ON THE ROUTE

    Our prices are based on two travellers sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, please use the single room price. If you are walking the route by yourself, please use the single room for solo traveller price.

    Wherever possible, we will reserve rooms with ensuite or private bathrooms. There may be locations or times of the year when accommodation with only shared facilities are available.

    If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

    Included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • 7 night’s accommodation – 2 Grazalema, 2 Benaocaz, 2 Montejaque and 1 Ronda
  • Breakfast daily
  • Luggage transfers on Days 3, 5 and 7
  • Transfer on Day 1 from Ronda to Grazalema and Day 5
  • Destination manual for the area and route
  • Route Notes with full details on the daily routes
  • Easy to read maps of the walking route
  • GPS tracks
  • 24 hour English speaking contact number for emergencies

  • Not included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • Flights
  • Transfers to your first accommodation or from your last accommodation (these can be arranged at an additional charge)
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunches
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers etc
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program

  • Arrival and Departure:

    The nearest airport for this holiday is Malaga, which is served from the UK by various airlines.

    Arrival and departure transfer information, via public transport, can found on the following links:

    Malaga airport to Malaga bus station: There is a frequent train service from Malaga airport to Malaga Maria Zambrano rail station. The journey takes approx. 8 minutes, costs eur1.80 and operates every 20 minutes at peak times. The main bus station is also located here for the bus to Ronda.

    Malaga bus station - Ronda: There are 3 buses daily from Malaga to Ronda. You can find a current schedule at www.avanzabus.com

    Ronda to Grazalama: A transfer from Ronda bus station to Grazalama is included in your holiday cost.

    At the end of your holiday, you can take a bus to Malaga and connect to the airport train service.


    Rest Days and Extra Nights:

    If you wish to add rest days into your itinerary or add extra nights in Grazalama, Ronda or Malaga, please contact us.


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