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Serrania de Ronda - Walking Tour in Spain

Self-Guided Walking Tour in Spain

Enjoy a self-guided Serrania de Ronda walking tour through the beautiful and unspoiled mountain landscapes of the iconic Serranía de Ronda. You will enjoy a full range of mountain, valley, river and forest landscapes and visit some of western Andalucia’s most charming white villages, each with a different character and unique feel. This walking tour will give you a delightful picture of rural Andalucia.

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This is an area of spectacular mountain scenery with a stunning range of plants and trees. Through the seasons these create an ever-changing tableau of colours and shapes, from hundreds of delicate wild flowers in spring to a burning carpet of chestnut trees in late autumn. Stunning views, relaxed Andalucian life and delicious local produce offer something special on every day of this week-long self-guided walking tour.




START:  Ronda     FINISH:  Ronda

Price From €875 p.p. based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room with breakfast 
Duration 9 days 8 nights 7 walking days
Distance 99km total 14 km daily avg     ( max 16km - min 11km )
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 - July | Sep - 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.


Serranía de Ronda Walking Tour Highlights

White Villages
  • Ronda 'City of Dreams' - Puente Nuevo bridge and 120m gorge

  • Gaucin – bohemian, artistic mountain hideaway village with spectacular views of Gibraltar and North Africa

  • 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 balustraded central plaza, townhouses and annual bull-run

Scenery & Trails
  • Serranía de Ronda mountains – dramatic limestone crags and rocky plains

  • Guadiaro river valley

  • Genal Valley – chestnut trees as far as the eye can see

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


Walking Day 1 - Algatocin to Gaucin

14km +476m

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A short drive from Ronda takes us out to the village of Algatocin, high above the chestnut tree-filled Genal valley. Around May-time the trees are covered in bloom and in late autumn the trees turn a stunning russet shade. Follow a quiet, hidden trail which descends steeply through the mountains to the village of Benarrabá. Then climb steeply up through pine-forested hillsides, (the ancient haunt of bandits and smugglers) to a stunning viewpoint. Then drop down to the village of Gaucin, a charming, slightly bohemian village which is home to many artists, who love its stunning location and views. Note: Bring a picnic lunch on this day as Bennaraba is a quiet village and you pass no other civilisation until your reach Gaucin.

Walking Day 2 - Gaucin to Cortes de la Frontera

14km +448m

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From the top of the ridgeline, the route drops steeply down through remote hillsides to the River Guadiaro, which cuts a deep channel through two mountain ridges. The first 12km are in remote countryside so be sure to carry enough water and food. Follow the river for a short while through the valley, then begin the climb up the other side, mirroring your earlier descent, to arrive at the village of Cortes for the night. 

Walking Day 3 - Cortes to Montejaque

18km +602m

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From Cortes you enter the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park on an ascent into the mountains. Again, today is all remote walking so be sure to take plenty of water and food.  The initial ascent is 5km and brings you above the Valle de Libar.  You drop into the valley and are surrounded by limestone mountains.  The valley takes you to the northeast and finally down into the pretty mountain village of Montejaque. Note: The whole of today's route is in remote mountains,  

Walking Day 4 - Montejaque to Grazalema

16km +540m

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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 Day 5 - 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 Day 6 - Grazalema to Montejaque

15km +205m

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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 Day 7 - 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! 

Departure Day

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.

What's Included


  • 8 nights accommodation on a B&B basis 

  • Luggage transfers

  • 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.

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Our Walking Tours are designed to follow the ‘less travelled path', walking almost entirely away from roads on a mix of drovers' trails, tracks and pathways. Our routes go into the remotest parts of the Serrania de Ronda, so you will often be well away from 'civilisation' for the day. 



All our Walking Tours are graded at a ‘Moderate’ level, for which you need to be capable of walking for a minimum of 4 hours in hilly and mountainous terrain. Every day includes notable hill climbs, with some steep descents and ascents and some sections on loose or rocky surfaces. Whilst your main luggage is transferred for you, be prepared to carry appropriate provisions and equipment to see you through the day. Check the individual tour Itinerary for a daily breakdown of distance and ascent.



Our cycling and walking tours run from March through to November, with the best weather from March to June and from September to November. Most routes are also possible during the summer months but we recommend an earlier start to beat the main heat of the day, and don’t forget to carry plenty of water.



We transfer all your main luggage for you. On remote days, where you pass no 'civilisation' be prepared to carry appropriate provisions and equipment to see you through the day.



Navigation on this tour is very easy with our phone app. RidewithGPS. We provide personalised daily routes from door-to-door of each day’s accommodation. The app shows maps and daily routes in great detail, with distances and route profiles, so you always know what is coming up. The app is used in offline mode so you do not need to use Data on your phone and can still navigate in areas where there is no phone signal.



All accommodation includes breakfast (unless specifically stated). Lunch and dinner are not included, so you are free to eat when and where you wish. We mark up your map with suggested lunch locations. Your hosts can recommend dining options, or sometimes they will serve dinner – this information will be included in your daily route notes. availability.



If you need to cancel or change the dates of a booking, we have a scaled set of charges based on the work already completed and any costs already incurred that we cannot get back. If you re-book a holiday with us within 12 months of a cancellation which has incurred charges, we will credit up to 50% of the retained amount to the new holiday. Our full cancellation policy can be found here


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