Hundidero valley - Montejaque village; Ronda Valley - Tajo del Abanico - Ronda gorge and Puente Nuevo bridge - Hundidero dam
Grazalema Natural Park - Walking Tour in Spain
Self-Guided Walking Tour in Spain
The Grazalema Natural Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty within the wider region of the Serranía de Ronda. It is a protected area of unspoiled mountain scenery and remote countryside, dotted with traditional Andalucian white villages. This walking tour in Spain provides a delightful snapshot of Andalucia's landscape and culture.
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 4 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 variety 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.
START: Ronda FINISH: Ronda
Price From €645 p.p. based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room with breakfast Duration 7 days 6 nights 5 walking days Distance 73km total 15 km daily avg ( max 20km - min 10km ) Difficulty Moderate - This tour has been designed to follow the 'less travelled path', walking almost entirely away from roads on a mix of drovers' trails, tracks and pathways. Every day includes notable hill climbs and some of the tracks are rocky and uneven but there is no climbing involved. Some days will be remote throughout. Availability March to November. Choose the dates which suit you. Start on any day of the week. Note: Supplements may apply during Easter week due to inflated accommodation prices.
Grazalema Natural Park Walking Tour Highlights
Ronda 'City of Dreams' - Puente Nuevo bridge and 120m gorge
Montejaque – charming mountain village with lively village plaza, zig-zag path up into the mountains and abandoned Hundidero Dam
Grazalema – gateway to the Natural Park, a historically important village with a grand central plaza, townhouses and annual bull-run
Scenery & Trails
Serranía de Ronda mountains – dramatic limestone crags and rocky plains
Cueva del Gato – waterfall and pool
Grazalema Natural Park – mountains, holm oak and cork oak forest, Iberian pigs
Arrival Day in Ronda
Extra sightseeing days can be added on request
Check in to your hotel in Ronda and enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautiful clifftop town. Briefing will take place on your first evening.
Walking Day 1 - Ronda to Montejaque
17km +574m or 20km +596m
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 Day 2 - Montejaque to Grazalema
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 Day 3 - Grazalema Circular
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 Day 4 - Grazalema to Montejaque
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 Day 5 - Montejaque to Ronda
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!
Extra sightseeing days can be added on request
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 you have enjoyed your Andalucian Walking Tour in Spain.
6 nights accommodation on a B&B basis
Route GPS (phone App with daily routes, profiles and maps, no Data-usage required) or GPX files
Annotated route maps
Briefing Pack, incl tips, advice and day-by-day route notes
Briefing meeting on arrival
This tour visits Ronda and two small villages, so the accommodation style and standard varies but we have personally selected every overnight venue. We select the best available options in the smaller towns and villages and base our choices on clean and comfortable accommodation (if sometimes quite simple), friendly owners, welcoming staff and staff and, where possible, a swimming pool.
For self-guided walking, we provide 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 app. shows maps and the route in great detail.
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.