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Self Guided Walking Tours

Spain Walking Tour - 'Grazalema Natural Park'

Self-Guided Walking Tour in Spain

Andalucia's Grazalema Natural Park Walking Tour

The Serrania de Ronda is an area of outstanding natural beauty and within it is the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, a protected area of unspoilt mountains and remote countryside with lovely traditional Andalucian white villages. This walking tour in Spain provides a delightful snapshot of Andalucia.

Starting out from Ronda, your self-guided walking tour will take you through the peaceful local countryside and into the heart of the Grazalema Natural Park. You will spend the 2 nights in two of the nicest white villages: Montejaque and Grazalema, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the relaxed Andalucian way of life. You will follow ancient drovers’ routes and remote, hidden paths which have been used for centuries by the inhabitants of the villages. 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 the abandoned dam in the Hundidero valley.

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White Villages:
♦ Ronda - Puente Nuevo bridge, 120m gorge, bullring 
♦ Montejaque - zig-zag path and abandoned Hundidero Dam
♦ Grazalema - grand "townhouses", gateway to the Natural Park
Plus:
♦ Serrania de Ronda mountains - striking rock formations
♦ Cueva del Gato - waterfall and pool
♦ Grazalema Natural Park - mountains, holm oak and cork oak forest, Iberian pigs
Summary

START:  Ronda     FINISH:  Ronda

Duration * 6 nights 5 walking days
Distance 73 km total 15 km daily avg     ( max 17* km: min 10 km )
Grading Moderate - route includes some hills each day (225m - 650m per day) and in places narrow and rocky paths. The route is almost entirely away from roads, using a mix of drovers' trails, tracks and pathways. Some days will be remote throughout. 
Availability ** All year round. Choose the dates which suit you. Start on any day of the week. 
Price *** €595  per person based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room (en-suite)

* On day 1 of the tour, it is possible to choose between a 20km route to see the Tajo del Abanico or a 17km route bypassing the Tajo.

** Check out the local annual weather conditions here. N.B. Supplements may apply during Easter week due to inflated accommodation prices.

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

Itinerary

Arrival in Ronda

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

 

Walking Tour Andalucia Day 1 - Ronda to Montejaque

17km +574m or 20km +596m

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Take in the views of Ronda gorge before exiting through the old town. If you take the 20km option for this day you will enter the beautiful Tajo del Abanico, "The Fan" a striking gorge with limestone rock formations. 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. 

Walking Tour Andalucia Day 2 - Montejaque to Grazalema

16km +523m

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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 the village centre; lots of good restaurant options for dinner.

Walking Tour Andalucia Day 3 - Grazalema Circular

10km +497m

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This is a circular walk that heads into the mountains which overlook Grazalema to the south and north of the village. Some of the paths are rocky but you will enjoy great views of the Grazalema Natural Park and be in the heart of the mountains. The final part of the walk takes you to a beautiful reservoir up above the village.

Walking Tour Andalucia Day 4 - Grazalema to Montejaque

16km +198m

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Return to Montejaque through the Natural Park, following a mountain stream along little-used trails beneath the shade of the cork oak forest which covers the hills between Montejaque and Grazalema. Overnight back in Montejaque. 

Walking Tour Andalucia Day 5 - Montejaque to Ronda

14km +464m

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Walk to the foot of the abandoned (and dry) Hundidero dam and stand beneath the dam's towering wall before climbing out of the valley.  It is possible to walk onto the top of the dam if you wish before dropping back down to the Guadiaro river. A walk through pleasant countryside, takes you back towards Ronda town, with a final section through the valley at the foot of Ronda's famous cliffs, gorge and bridge. What a way to finish the week! 

Day 5 Depart Ronda

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

We can provide transfers to your next destination or airports of Sevilla or Malaga. POA

We hope to see you again in the future.

FAQ's

 

INCLUDED IN OUR PRICES
  • 6 nights' accommodation on a B&B basis 

  • Luggage transfers

  • GPX route files or free access to GPS application

  • Annotated route maps 

  • A briefing pack, inc.'s day-by-day route notes

  • Briefing meeting on arrival

  • We operate locally to Ronda so support is always close at hand if needed

See our suggested KIT LIST for walking holidays in Spain.

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 2 pm) can make walking seem harder so we suggest starting soon after 9 am and aiming to finish before 2 pm without stopping for lunch.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

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

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

 

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

 

WHERE WILL I BE WALKING?

Our walking tour routes take you on a scenic journey away from it all as far as possible. You will walk on double tracks and small pathways which tend not to be groomed.  This makes the walking a little rugged in places but these are routes etched into the hills since people began settling in the region.  Daily distances vary according to the tour you select. We design all our routes so that you will have time after your walking to relax and enjoy each overnight location.

WILL MY LUGGAGE BE TRANSFERRED?

No need for trying to pack light and risk leaving important items behind. We transfer your main luggage for you so you just take a few items for each day – water, snacks, sunscreen.

HOW WILL I NAVIGATE THE TOUR?

 

We have 2 options available:

  1. Ride with a GPS application on your mobile phone.  We give free access to the application which can be used in offline mode for each day's ride.  The application shows maps and the route in great detail.
  2. Upload route files to your own GPS device.  We will forward files for each day riding in the format needed for your device.

We also provide a large-scale, annotated map, designed specifically for your tour by Hike and Bike, giving you a perspective of where you are at all times.

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Route Map
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