Cartajima to Ronda

Hiking - Moderate

This walk takes us from the white village of Cartajima, perched above the chestnut tree-filled Genal valley, up over the craggy limestone mountains of the Serrania de Ronda, and down into Ronda town.

A short drive takes us south from Ronda to Cartajima village where our walk begins. The village is one of seven in the High Genal Valley which survive largely from the production of chestnuts. The trees fill the mountainsides and valleys as far as the eye can see and provide an ever-changing landscape through the year. In the winter and early spring they are barren and seemingly lifeless, then foliage sprouts and creates a lush green carpet, followed by the appearance of large cones of white flowers. In the autumn, the whole valley turns to a rich golden russet and the harvest begins.

From Cartajima we climb steadily up into the ridge of craggy limestone mountains which separate the Genal valley from Ronda. We pass interesting rock formations, old threshing circles, sections of ancient drovers' paths and walk below a sheer cliff, onto a large karst plain leading to a spectacular view over to Ronda. From here we descend steadily down into Ronda, entering the town through the southern district of the Barrio San Francisco. A cooling drink on the plaza makes a great reward for your efforts.

Note: The route is wholely through uninhabited countryside - if we don’t count the sheep and goats - and is mainly on small goat tracks and paths, with one section of "scrambling" up a wide river bed There is a fair amount of ascent at the start and the tracks are rocky and weather-eroded for most of the way, both up and down. Hikers need to be confident on uneven surfaces and good walking shoes/boots are highly recommended. An alternative, easier route can be taken from Cartajima to Ronda which is very pleasant and interesting but misses out the most dramatic views.

Distance: 

13km

Hike Time: 

4-5 hours

Ascent: 

428m ⬆︎

Descent: 

574m ⬇︎

Start:

CARTAJIMA

Finish:

RONDA

PRICE:

€50 p.p*

Includes:

  • English speaking guide
  • Transport from Ronda to startpoint in Cartajima

* Price is based on a minimum of 2 people 

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