Sierra de Grazalema

Sierra de Grazalema

The Sierra de Grazalema is an undiscovered oasis of green, mountainous areas surrounded by picturesque whitewashed villages including Grazalema, Montejaque and the lovely town of Ronda.    
Here, you’ll have the pleasure of walking through a landscape of marvellous limestone sculptures, marked by deep gorges where vultures nest among the cliff tops.   Your route leads through unspoilt countryside, olive orchards and woodlands.  
You will encounter the pueblos blancos of Benaocaz and Jimera del Ibar, witness to many territory battles between Arab and Christian kingdoms.   At the end of the week, you reach the town of Ronda, one of the prettiest in Andalusia, with its intriguing history.

Day 1 Ronda - Grazalema

Today you are transferred to the Pueblos Blancos and arrive in the beautifully situated village of Grazalema where you spend the next three nights. Accommodation.

Day 2 Grazalema - Benaojan - Grazalema

Breakfast. The first walking route takes you through classic limestone landscapes dotted with cortijos and traditional farmhouses throughout the countryside. You’ll walk through lovely woods of evergreen oaks and typical Mediterranean vegetation on your way to Benaocaz, an untouched white village with historic remains dating back to Roman times. The village sits perched on a hill, with sweeping views all around. Distance 11.7 km; 500 m in ascent / 550 m in descent. Walking time: approx 5-5.5 hours. Transfer back to Grazalema.  Accommodation.

Day 3 Grazalema

Breakfast. Today you have the choice between 2 circular routes in the area around Grazalema. Both walks offer lovely views and a striking combination of red earth tones and green vegetation, and the routes are short enough that you could do them both in one day. In the afternoon, free time to explore the village and enjoy a refreshing drink on an outdoor terrace. Distance 4.9 or 8.7 km; 285 m or 550 m in ascent & descent: Walking time: 1.5 to 3 hours. Accommodation.

Day 4 Grazalema - Villaluenga - Benaojan

Breakfast. The morning starts off with a short taxi transfer to the village of Villaluenga del Rosario, with its unique square bullring carved right out of the rock. From Villaluenga you descent into the valley of Llanos del Republicano, where the river disappears into a limestone sink. Walk uphill along sculpted cliffs in the Sierras de Libar and el Palo, to reach lovely Montejaque. After a refreshing drink, you have the option of taking a taxi or continuing on foot to reach your hotel in Benaoján. Distance 17.4 km, 525m in ascent / 975 min descent; 6-6.5 hours.   Accommodation.

Day 5 Benaojan

Breakfast. Today's route begins with a 10min walk to the train station, where you board the train for Jimera de Libar. In Jimera, you start a scenic walk through the Rio Guadairo Valley, which leads you back to your hotel. Distance 9.3 km, 235 m in ascent / 375 m in descent; 3-3.5 hours.   Accommodation.

Day 6 Benaojan

Breakfast. This morning will be spent walking to and visiting the nearby Cueva de la Pileta, a cave with formations and prehistoric cave paintings. On your way back, you can either make a detour to have lunch in Montejaque or walk directly back to the hotel. Distance 9 km, 415 m in ascent /descent; 3.5-4 hours.   Accommodation.

Day 8 Benaojan - Montejaque - Ronda

Breakfast. A taxi transfer to Montejaque. Walk through fields and small family farms to reach Ronda, the Queen of the white towns. Distance: 11.5 km, 440 m in ascent / 420 m in descent; 4.5-5 hours.   Accommodation.

Day 8 Ronda

Your arrangement comes to the end today after breakfast.