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Introduction


• Difficulty Level: Medium

• Average Altitude: 900m

• Average Daily Walking Distance: 15 km

 

 

The Sierra of Grazalema is a geologically unique mountain wilderness in the Malaga province of Andalusia, and it is no wonder that people come from all over the world to walk amongst its craggy limestone peaks, deep gorges, lush river valleys and fortified medieval villages that cling to the dramatic hillsides. The rich history of Andalucía has left an indelible mark on the area and no more so than on the village of Ronda, one of the quintessential white villages that has passed through Roman, Moorish and Christian rule.

 

 

This fascinating town straddles the dramatic El Tajo gorge and has one of Spain's most famous bullrings, plus Moorish mansions, fine restaurants and interesting shopping.

 

Client's Comments

 

Stephen Sands, UK

 

Thank you so much for all your help in organizing our trip to Andalucia, both before and during our holiday. Everything went incredibly well, and your ideas and organization were brilliant. I think what really shows your excellent organization, and caring attitude, was phoning ahead to Ronda and arranging an excellent upgraded room fo us, following a slight mix up in Seville. I doubt very much if any other travel agent would have done that! The Hotel San Gabriel, the room and the staff were outstanding. Your recommendations for eating out were fabulous. We tried a number; all were really good and traditional.

 

Stephen & Jacqueline Hurst, UK

 

Thank you for all your help organizing our walking holiday. The holiday was fantastic, breathtaking, inspiring, scary and fulfilling. We thank you and wish you well with your future plans.

 

Pat Whitchurch Australia.

 

Nicola, we cannot thank you enough for all the arrangements you made for our walking holiday in Grazalema - it was superb!!! We adored Ronda too and the hotel was a dream. We have not stopped talking about our trip since we returned.

 

Ronda and walking in the Sierra of Grazlema

7 Nights

 

This holiday can start on any date you request.

 

Day One: Arrive Malaga or Seville airport, and transfer to Ronda for 2 nights

Arrive Malaga or Seville airport, collect hire car and transfer to your hotel in the medieval part of Ronda town centre.

 

Day Two: A day exploring the town of Ronda

The town of Ronda is one of the most historical in Andalucía and also the most beautifully preserved. You can walk around the old Moorish city walls, visit the bullring where the modern fight on foot was invented, gaze down into the dramatic gorge from the stunning "Puente Nueva" and enjoy a lunch with some of the most spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding sierra. In the early evening you can explore some of Ronda's antique stores, visit the museum dedicated to the famous "bandidos" of the sierra and finish off with dinner in a local restaurant serving local specialities.

 

Day Three: Transfer to the mountain white village of Grazalema for 5 nights

Transfer by car to the stunning mountain village of Grazalema, in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema to your traditional rural hotel in the very centre of the village, opposite the main market square. The village is a picture with its white houses clinging to huge outcrops of rock; tiny cobbled streets and sweeping panoramic views across the sierra. The village also has a great selection of traditional restaurants and cafe bars centred around the main plaza which all serve locally produced fare including patès, Jamon Serrano, meat stews and cheese.

 

Day Four: The Walk of The Griffon Vultures (14km)

To begin your walking in Grazalema and get the feel of the area you can take the famous walk of The Griffon Vultures. A 14km linear walk with views of Grazalema's famous gorges which are home to one of Europe's largest colonies of these incredible birds. As you walk they circle overhead amidst the high limestone peaks towering above.

 

Day Five: The Walk of the Goat Herds Leap (14km)

Enjoy a popular walk of 14km out from the village of Grazalema, which takes you through incredible changes of scenery and offers views across to the Cadiz coast and the Atlantic Ocean on a clear day. You will have time to explore a few white villages along the way and have lunch in one of the areas traditional Spanish restaurants.

 

Day Six: Free day to explore The Sierra de Grazalema and the Pileta Caves

A short drive from Grazalema are the caves of Pileta, where a member of the family who originally discovered the caves offers guided lamp lit tours into the caverns to see the original cave paintings. After visiting the caves you could take a self drive tour to visit some other white villages of the sierra driving through the countryside on the most scenic routes. At each village you can enjoy a tapa in the square, visit the old church and even walk up to the Moorish fortress which towers above most of the villages in the area.

 

Day Seven: The trail of the Pinsapo Pines (16km)

For your final days walking you will cross the spectacular Palomas pass and walk through the magical Pinsapo forest whose trees are left over from the last ice age. After walking through dense forest at the heart of the Grazalema Natural park you will then descend into the village of Benamahoma for a welcome tapas break.

 

Day Eight: Departure

Transfer back to Malaga or Seville Airport and deposit hire car for your flight home.

 

 

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What is included in the holiday

 

Accommodation

 

• 2 nights accommodation in a boutique hotel in Ronda & 5 nights accommodation in the white village of Grazalema
• Breakfast is included in Ronda, in Grazalema there is a traditional cafe bar next door to the hotel where you can purchase breakfast each day
• All rooms are en-suite and have air conditioning/heating

 

Activities

 

• Detailed walking maps and guidance notes for 3 days walking in the Sierra de Grazalema

 

Transport

 

• 5 days hire of a Renault Clio type (5 door) model with air conditioning (Please note that the price of parking in each city is not included but full directions to reach each parking will be included into your guide pack). A larger car will be included when more than two people are travelling. Satnav systems are available upon request.

 

Plus

 

• A comprehensive guide pack for your trip including city maps, historical information, opening times for museums, art galleries and monuments plus recommended restaurants, pretty plazas, parks, view points and much more...
• A GPS system plus back up driving maps and directions of how to reach the hotel and parking information
• Access to our 24 hour telephone helpline if you need any assistance whilst you are in Andalucia
• A Spanish Phrase book
• All your pre-holiday and arrival information will be sent to you by email and your complete holiday guide pack will be waiting for you at your first hotel


7 night tour : Prices for 2017

 

Character hotels - from 745.00 per person

 

* Price per person, based on two people sharing a standard double or twin room:

 

Please note these prices to not take in to consideration local and national holidays which may increase hotel rates for certain dates throughout the year, particularly Semana Santa (Holy Week) which in 2017 is from Sunday 9th April to Sunday 16th April

 

 

Please enquire for an exact quote for your required dates and particular room requirements

Information about flights to Spain

 

We do not include flights in our holidays as our clients arrive from all corners of the globe.

 

Arrival direct to Seville or Malaga:

 

There are direct flights to Seville and Malaga (which are equal distance from Ronda) and you can collect your hire car from there. Follow the sky scanner link to search for flights from your nearest airport

 

From further afield airlines will offer connecting flights to Seville or Malaga via Madrid and Barcelona - www.vueling.com and www.iberia.com offer internal flights for connections within Spain

 

There is a direct train to Seville & Malaga from Madrid & Barcelona

 

Other arrival points:

 

Please contact us for detailed information about arriving to Ronda to fit with your holiday plans and travel arrangements

 

 

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