Walking

Andalucian White Villages WalkingTour

Self Guided Hiking Tour

 

 

TOUR TITLE:  "Grazalema Park Walking Mini Tour"

START:  Ronda     FINISH:  Ronda

Duration* 6 days 5 nights 4 hiking days
Distance 66 km total 16 km daily avg  -  max 20km  -  min 15km
Grading Moderate - route includes some hills each day (225m - 650m per day) and some narrow and loose rocky paths. Route is almost entirely away from roads, using a mix of drovers' trails, farm tracks and pathways. Some days will be remote throughout. 
Availability** All year round. Avoid Easter due to inflated accommodation costs
Price*** €485  per person based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room

* Tour duration can be extended by adding rest days along the tour; let us know your preferences when you enquire.

** Check out the local annual weather conditions here. Start on any day of the week.

*** Solo traveller and single occupancy prices available upon request.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Tajo del Abanico
  • Montejaque village, zig-zag path and Hundidero Dam
  • Cueva del Gato
  • Grazalema Natural Park
  • Ronda Gorge and Bridge

 

Details

Limited on your time in the Serrania de Ronda but keen to see some traditional Andalucian white villages and unspoilt mountain scenery?  

 

Then take our Grazalema Natural Park Mini Tour. Starting out from Ronda, your self-guided hiking tour will take you through peaceful local countryside and in to the heart of the Grazalema Natural Park. You will follow ancient drovers’ routes and remote, hidden trails which have been used for centuries by the inhabitants of two of the loveliest white villages: Montejaque and Grazalema. Enjoy spectacular views as you walk through a full range of mountain, valley, river and forest landscapes. Visit the waterfall and beauty spot at the Cueva del Gato or “Cat Cave” and spend three nights experiencing rural village life. 

 

Day 1 - Arrival in Ronda

Check in to your hotel and enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautiful clifftop town of Ronda. Briefing will take place on your first evening.

Day 2 - Ronda to Montejaque

 

20km - 650m ascent  

Take in the views of Ronda gorge before entering the beautiful Tajo del Abanico, "The Fan" a striking limestone rock formation. Cross over the hills, heading through high open pastures and past small mountain streams before dropping sharply down to the Guadiaro river. Head along the river to the Cueva del Gato, a local beauty spot with a cave opening, year-round waterfall and crystal clear blue pool. Then climb up above the cave and into the mountains towards the village of Montejaque. You enter via the "zig-zag path, which offers the best views of this village, nestled in a nook in the mountains. Optional climb up to a viewpoint "mirador" directly above the village before taking a well earned rest. Overnight in village centre hotel. 

Day 3 - Montejaque to Grazalema

 
15km - 540m ascent  

From Montejaque you head into the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, a 52,000 hectare protected area of natural beauty. You will follow ancient routes which cut through the limestone peaks to access the small, remote mountain villages. You will pass through a beautiful and secluded "Hidden Valley", surrounded by holm oak forests which are home to Iberian pigs, wild ibex and deer. Continue on to Grazalema village, formerly one of the wealthiest of the white villages due to its weaving industry. Large porticoed houses around the square lend the village a sense of grandeur, whilst the annual bull run maintains an Andalucian historical tradition. Overnight in village centre; lots of good restaurant options for dinner. Note: Bring a picnic lunch on this day as you pass no villages until you reach Grazalema.

Day 4 - Grazalema to Montejaque

 
16km - 225m ascent  

Return to Montejaque via a different route, following mountain streams along ancient trails beneath the shade of the cork oak forest which covers the hills between Montejaque and Grazalema. Overnight back in Montejaque. Note: Bring a picnic lunch on this day as you pass no villages until you reach Montejaque.

Day 5 - Montejaque to Ronda

 
15km - 535m ascent  

Walk to the foot of the abandoned (and dry) Hundidero dam. Stand beneath the dam's towering wall before climbing out of the valley and then dropping back down to the Guadiaro river. A walk through more open countryside, takes you back towards Ronda town, with a final section through the valley beneath Ronda's famous cliffs, gorge and bridge. What a way to finish the week!Note: Bring a picnic lunch on this day or enjoy a late tapas lunch in the old town, where the walk finishes.

Day 6 - Depart Ronda

Check out from your hotel and have a safe trip home or to your next destination.

 

Included in our prices:

  • Route maps & Garmin GPS with preloaded route for each day
  • 5 nights accommodation on B&B basis 
  • Luggage transfers
  • We operate locally to Ronda so support is always close at hand if needed

Will I be fit enough?

Fitness is hard to judge but as a rule you need to be capable of walking for a minimum of 4 hours in hilly and mountainous terrain. Some descents and ascents are steep and can be on loose or rocky surfaces. Our routes are designed to go into the remotest parts of the Serrania de Ronda, so you will often be well away from “civilisation” for the day. Whilst your main luggage is transferred for you be prepared to carry appropriate provisions and equipment to see you through each day.

Just remember that in summer, higher temperatures (rising steadily from 2pm) can make walking seem harder so we suggest starting soon after 9am and aiming to finish before 2pm without stopping for lunch.

Where will you be staying?

 

Double or twin room with en suite facilities in all locations.

Ronda hotel is normally 4****. In most of the villages you will stay in traditional, family-run Andalucian-style hotels close to the village centre, tapas bars and cafes.

 

All hotels subject to availability. In summer we prioritise hotels with pools.

 

What to Bring

The essential kit to enjoy your walking holiday

  • Walking boots or shoes

  • Walking socks
  • Walking shorts and shirts / T shirts
  • Extra body layers with long sleeves for up on the peaks whee it can be windy 
  • Light waterproof jacket (unlikely to be needed but precaution is best practise)
  • Neck scarf (to protect from the sun in summer and keep you warm in winter)
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream and after-sun lotion
  • 2 litre hydration pack or rucksack and water bottles
  • Health insurance policy document (for UK travellers, a European Health Insurance Card, EHIC, will give you access to reduced cost medical services in Spain but it is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs such as mountain rescue, repatriation costs or lost or stolen property. Therefore it is important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy.  Some insurers now insist you hold and EHIC and many will waive the excess if you have one. https://www.ehic.org.uk/Internet/startApplication.do

For winter walking

  • extra body layers with long sleeves (thin thermal tops are great)
  • light, comfortable trousers
  • light waterproof/windproof jacket 
  • neck scarf / snood (great as sweat bands in the summer and for warmth in the winter)
  • warm fleece and jacket for the evenings