Cueva del Gato and Molino del Santo

Hiking - Moderate

This popular walk offers the joys of a pleasant walk through beautiful Andalucian countryside via a local beauty spot and on to a finale of refreshments or delicious lunch at the renowned Molino del Santo hotel restaurant.

We leave Ronda down an old cobbled road which goes below the gorge and Puente Nuevo bridge. We cross the fertile valley below Ronda for spectacular views up to the town on its clifftop plateau. We then head out through open countryside towards the Guadiaro river, following its path through the valley, with lovely views back to Ronda. We include a brief stop at the Cueva del Gato or "Cat Cave", a local beauty spot named for the shape of the cave mouth in the mountain. A waterfall at the cave entrance flows all year round, however dry the weather, as the mountain contains a network of water-filled tunnels and caverns. Each day thousands of litres of crystal clear (and very cold) water exit the cave via the waterfall to create a stunning, blue water pool.

We continue a short distance to the small village of Benaojan estacion and the Molino del Santo hotel. Here we can relax on the terrace, beside the clear tumbling stream which originally powered this converted mill’s wheel, for refreshments before returning to Ronda in our minibus. Option to stay longer at the hotel for a delicious, leisurely lunch and return to Ronda by train or taxi.

Note: Whilst most of this route is on wide tracks and quiet lanes with easy walking surface, the track above the river to the cave is narrow and weather-eroded in parts, with some short, steep ascents/descents. An alternative, flatter option can be taken but this misses some of the views.

Distance: 

13km

Hike Time: 

3-4 hours

Ascent: 

171m ⬆︎

Descent: 

461m ⬇︎

Start:

RONDA

Finish:

BENAOJAN ESTACION

PRICE:

€45 p.p*

Includes:

  • English speaking guide
  • Transport return to Ronda

* Price is based on a minimum of 2 people 

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