Walking

Guided Walking Holidays in Spain  

Centre based Walking & Hiking Holidays in Andalucia

Walking and hiking holidays in Ronda, Andalucia, southern Spain. English guides based locally show you the area's remote mountain trails, taking you along quiet pathways between mountain-top white villages, past olive groves and vineyards or up Torrecilla, the highest mountain peak in western Andalucia. 

Ronda is the perfect location for a centre-based walking holiday – this historical town is located in a stunningly beautiful and unspoilt mountainous region between two protected Natural Parks, so you are surrounded by a huge variety of terrain and landscape. The area also enjoys the best weather in Europe, with over 300 days of sunshine a year – walking along dusty pathways under clear blue skies makes the cold drink and tapas at the end of each day especially refreshing!

By Day:

New Year mountain biking holiday  

Enjoy expert guided hiking on natural tracks and trails through the Serrania de Ronda and unspoilt Natural Parks of western Andalucia. The mountains provide many stunning vistas for you to enjoy on your walking holiday. White villages are dotted throughout the local area, giving a taste of what life has been like here in this quiet corner of Andalucia for many hundreds of years. The pathways which cross the countryside were often the only routes in and out of the villages and out to remote farms, so you will often be walking on ancient drovers’ trails and donkey tracks that twist and climb through the craggy mountain landscape and through unspoilt woodland. Duing you days' out, try out the great local cuisine in village cafes and bars (lunches on walking days included in your holiday price). 

New Year mountain bike holiday  New Year mtb holiday

By Night:

Choose either a full board holiday, staying in a family-run, boutiuqe countryside hotel, just outside Ronda. The hotel is a beautifully restored flour mill, full of character and comfort. On 5 nights you will dine in the hotel's excellent restaurant, with 2 nights left free for you to explore Ronda's extensive range of restaurants and tapas bars. Standard accommodation is for 2 people in a double or twin room. N.B. This hotel is only available for guided holidays; self guiding is not possible from this accommodation as you will require access to the local train and bus station.

The Hotel Molino del Puente.....

  

....or stay on B&B basis in a hotel (4**** or equivalent) in the historic town of Ronda, perched upon a cliff-top above a 120m gorge, spanned by the famous stone bridge, "Puente Nuevo". Visit the oldest bullring in Spain; explore the tapas bars and historical sights. Ronda hotel accommodation is suitable for guided or self guided holidays.

    

Highlights of this centre based walking holiday include:

- Dramatic scenery, peaceful and remote trails, stunningly beautiful region of southern Spain

- Varied walking terrain - hillside goat tracks, undulating valley trails, high mountain passes and unsurfaced farm lanes

- Climbing to the peak of Torrecilla at 1,919m, the highest peak in western Andalucia

Historic town of Ronda

Difficulty level 

Our most popular centre-based walking holidays are at an Intermediate to challenging level, which gives the best variety of walks and hikes and maximises the terrain you will experience. This level of walking will require a good level of general fitness and you should be prepared for walking for 4-6 hours daily, often on rough or uneven terrain. Whilst all the routes involve some ascent and descent, there is no actual climbing involved and you will not need any specific climbing gear, just a good pair of walking shoes or boots. Poles are not essential but you may wish to bring them if you are used to walking with them.  

Example Holiday Itinerary

Day Activity Distance Ascent Description
Day 1 Malaga airport transfer      
Day 2 Mr Hendersons Way 20km 408m Walk beneath Ronda gorge and on to a waterfall and clear water pool, then follow a 7km river trail
Day 3 Torrecilla Peak Traverse 18km 1660m A unique opportunity to cross the full width of the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, including climbing to the highest peak. Amazing views!
Day 4 Cartajima to Ronda 13km 463m From a small white village, follow an ancient drovers's trail over the mountains to Ronda
Day 5 Rest Day     Chill out at your hotel or explore the historic town of Ronda
Day 6 Tajo del Abanico to Benaojan 15km 264m Visit a striking limestone gorge then head into the hills 
Day 7 Grazelema to Montejaque 17km 264m Village to village through farmland and acres of cork oak forests
Day 8 Malaga airport transfer      

Holiday itinerary is an example only; can be changed to suit varying levels of fitness.

Pricing (guided walking holiday)

Hotel Molino del Puente - €875 per person 

Ronda Hotel (4**** or equivalent) - €805 per person

All prices are based on 2 people sharing. 

Price includes:

  • 7 nights' accommodation (B & B)
  • 5 nights' dinner and afternoon tea/coffee and cakes (for guests staying in Hotel Molino del Puente only)
  • 5 days' guided hiking, lunch on the trail
  • Registered English guides
  • Vehicle support throughout the week
  • N.B. excludes airport transfer but this can be arranged for you

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Safety & Support - Our guides

Before your walking holiday, we will discuss with you the type of walking you wish to do and help select a range of routes to suit you. When you arrive for your walking holiday, your guide will lead you through each day’s walk, pointing out interesting sights along the way and sharing with you many of the cultural aspects of rural Spain. For your safety and peace of mind, our guides are fully qualified Outdoor First Aiders and carry a first aid kit at all times. 

In order to maximise each day’s walking, we do not restrict ourselves to circular routes – some of the best hikes head well out of Ronda into the surrounding countryside, so our minibus is available to bring us back to Ronda. The minibus is also available if at any time you find you have bitten off a bit more than you can chew and need a helping hand to get you home at the end of your day’s walking. 


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Self Guided Mountain Biking Holidays 

Some of our walks can be completed on a self-guided basis, so if you prefer, we can arrange a self guided walking holiday. Please note, the walks on a self guided walking holiday rely on using public transport for access to start and finish points. We include 1 pick-up/drop off within your holiday price to increase the route options but the Torrecilla hike is only available on a guided/vehicle supported basis. If you would like to include this hike on your holiday, you will need to select a guided walking holiday.  

 

 


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Walking Day Trips 

Already in Ronda and looking for a day out walking in the mountains? Check out our Guided Walking Day Trips.