Serrania de Ronda - Walking Tour in Spain
Self-Guided Walking Tour in Spain
Enjoy a self-guided Andalucian walking adventure through the beautiful and unspoiled mountain landscapes of the 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
8 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.