Cartajima to Ronda

Hiking - Challenging


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.

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Cartajima 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 throughout the year. 

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.

Note: The route passes through remote countryside on some rough trails – a mix of 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, stone surfaces. Good walking shoes/boots are highly recommended (rather than trainers) to cope with uneven ground.


4-7 pax: €65 p.p.

2-3 pax: €80 p.p.


Distance: 13km

Hike Time: 5 hours

Ascent: 428m ⬆︎

Descent: 574m ⬇︎

Meeting Point: RONDA


Finish: RONDA

  • English speaking guide
  • Transport from Ronda to the start point in Cartajima




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