Hiking up Torrecilla - Western Andalucia's Highest Peak
Torrecilla is the highest peak in western Andalucia, topping out at 1,919m. It stands majestically in the middle of the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, a short drive from Ronda. A guided hike up it is a great challenge; the walk takes you through some unusual landscapes, which change continually as you climb, along some rocky and steep paths but also along strangely flat ridges and plateaus, and then finishes with truly amazing views of up to 150 kilometres in all directions. On a clear day you can see as far as the Sierra Nevada to the east and to the Mediterranean and north Africa to the south.
Our popular Torrecilla Ascent hike is a great way to explore the mountain without risk or fear of getting lost.
For those who want a real challenge, we can also offer a west to east traverse, which means not only a hike up to the peak but then continues on down the other side of the mountain, crossing the Sierra de las Nieves park. Coming down can be as challenging as going up, as you need to concentrate on the rocky pathway ahead whilst your knees and thighs take the strain of the descent. Just don’t forget to keep looking up and around you, so that you don’t miss the spectacular scenery around you.
We have taken all sorts of people up the climb, experienced hikers who are used to walking up big mountains and also those who only have experience of smaller hills and nothing quite so large as this. But we always set a pace which suits the walkers and, with a little bit of determination, everyone gets to the top, even if they are a little out of puff. And every single one of them is glad they made it – the panoramic views make the pain all worthwhile!
If you fancy seeing the views for yourself, the hike takes around 6 hours and runs throughout the year. The day tour includes your personal guide, minibus transfer from Ronda into the Sierra de las Nieves park to the start point and return transfer back to Ronda at the end of the day.
Contact us to book your trip or. for more information.
Heather Cooper, Hike + Bike the Sierras 7/7/2014