We will be walking through the valley of the Río Guadiaro, on the mountain range of Grazalema and the "Serranía de Ronda". Through white villages, cork forests, deep gorges, over steep mountain ranges with bizarre rock formations, plateaus with cows and sheep, who remember the alpine meadows in spring and back down into the valley of the Guadiaro river, following the railway line that connects Ronda with the seaport of Algeciras.
The ultimate goal of the walk is the emblematic city of Ronda, with the impressive Tajo Gorge and a visit to the Bandolero museum.
Day 1 - Transfer Marbella to El Colmenar
You will be picked up in Marbella and driven to a charming country style Hotel in "El Colmenar" (Estacion de Gaucin), a pretty little village at the train station of Gaucin, on the banks of the Guadiaro river. Meet your guide and fellow walkers. Accommodation and dinner.
In case you are on a self guided tour,
you will receive your GPS and route description.
Day 2 - 1st leg: Colmenar to Cortes de la Frontera
The route starts gently along the river and leads along an impressive gorge, where we may see the first examples of the huge vultures that the canyon is named after, and cross the gorge over an old stone bridge. At the end of the route, we reach a little village, at the train station of Cortes de la Frontera, called Cañada del Real Tesoro, nestled between the Grazalema Natural Park and the Cork-forest. From there we take the train back to El Colmenar and stay at the same Hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
Walking time: 4-5 hours, 13,5 km Elevations: ↑683m, ↓530m
Day 3 -2nd leg: from Cortes de la Frontera to Villaluenga del Rosario
The steep climb this day tour starts with, will be rewarded by spectacular views. You look down over the coast to the Rock of Gibraltar and across to Africa. From here you can also use the peaks of the Sierra Bermeja (Arabic for red mountain) to view the villages of Cortes de la Frontera, Gaucin and Jimena de la Frontera. The two plateaus which you cross, surrounded by mountains, are reminiscent of meadows in the Alps. Just before you reach the pretty little village of Villaluenga, you can see the remains of an ancient Roman bridge. Accommodation and dinner in a nice 2-star hotel in the village.
Walking time: 6 hours, 16,5 km, Elevations: ↑1065m, ↓532m
Another spectacular hike that takes you across the rugged cliffs of the Grazalema mountains, with their bizarre rock formations that are an ideal retreat for mountain goats and other animals. The route takes you very close to the top of the mountain Reloj (clock), over and back down to Grazalema. Here you will meet more hikers, as there are many hiking routes starting from Grazalema.
Accommodation and dinner in a 4 * hotel in the village.
Walking time: 5 hours, 12,3 km, Elevations: ↑717m, ↓740m
Day 5 -4th leg: from Grazalema to Benaojan
You leave from Grazalema on an old Roman road. A long, but varied and equally attractive route awaits you. Over several ridges and valleys you walk again to a hight of over 1000 metres and from there you can catch the first glimpse of the city of Ronda. The path leads down to the railway
station of Benaoján.
We finish the route of the day near the Pileta Cave (Pick up), and will start from there tomorrow morning.
Accommodation and dinner in an old mill, right on the river Guadiaro, that has been converted to a very comfortable "Hotel with Charm".
Walking time: - 6-7 hours 16,6 km, Elevations: ↑572m, ↓967m
Day 6- 5th leg: Benaoján to Ronda
On the morning of our last hiking day, we take the time before hiking to Ronda, to visit the cave "Pileta", with paleolithic cave paintings (tranfer to Cave included).
This last hike of your week takes you through meadows and forests to Ronda, the Bandolero Museum and the Tajo gorge. There you will have plenty of time for sightseeing.
Accommodation in a 4 * hotel and dinner in a typical restaurant with local specialities.
Walking time: 4.5 hours, 13,1 km, Elevations ↑553m, ↓287m
Day 7 - Transport back to Marbella
If you stay longer, you may want to book some more day hikes, please choose from the offers on the web.