Walking

Self Guided Walking Tours in Spain

Andalucian White Village Walking Tours

Andalucia's beautiful and unspoilt countryside forms the backdrop to our self guided walking tours in Spain. All walking tours begin in the historic town of Ronda in southern Spain and then take you on a journey through the region's charming white villages. Our self guided walking tours are designed for keen walkers who are up for a series of good days' walking of 4+ hours. Most days involve some notable ascents, sometimes on stony or rocky trails which may have suffered some erosion over time but there is no actual climbing involved and nothing dangerous or too daunting for seasoned walkers. The landscape changes constantly and the views are superb - a fantastic way to really get to know the region.

Our Week-long Serrania Ronda Grande Tour takes you on an extended circuit through the mountains and valleys of the Serrania de Ronda. The area is a paradise for rural tourism and the tour explores the chestnut-tree filled Genal Valley, the Guadiaro River valley and the limestone crags and oak forests of the Grazalema Natural Park. The region is dotted with charming and picturesque white villages which provide overnight accommodation throughout the week and offer a glimpse into rural village life. Read a tour synopsis and about the villages and accommodation here.

For visitors with less time to spend on their walking tour, our Grazalema Park Mini Tour gives you 4 days of walking, following the latter part of the Grande Tour.

Self guided walking tour dates can be arranged to suit you - let us know the dates you wish to travel and we will organise your trip around these. We can also create bespoke tours in the area to suit the length of time you have available or to include particular sights or villages which you wish to visit. Contact Us to request a bespoke tour itinerary.

Click on the boxes/images below for daily distances, route profiles and a short description of each day's walk.

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Serrania Ronda Grande Tour

7 days of walking and 8 nights accommodation, starting and finishing in Ronda. Click here for daily distances and route profiles

Tour Synopsis, Villages & Accommodation *

Day 1 - Arrive Ronda. Explore the town, perched on top of a 120m high gorge, and take in its many historical sights - the famous bridge (Puente Nuevo), the oldest bullring in Spain and many reminders of the town’s Arabic, Roman and Renaissance past. Overnight in either Hotel Enfrente Arte - a quirky, bohemian, independent hotel in the oldest part of Ronda town with free residents' self-service bar and delicious healthy breakfasts made with fruit/veg from the owners' own organic farm - or 4**** Hotel Sevilla in newer part of town - smart, elegant and classic. Extensive choice of restaurants and bars for your evening meal.

Day 2 - Walk to Cartajima village, passing small farms, walking through a large limestone karst plain and past interesting rock formations which reveal the ancient geological twists and folds which created this mountainous ridge (Sierra de Oreganal) to the south of Ronda. Overnight in the quiet hamlet of Cartajima which sits above chestnut, holm oak and cork oak forests in the boutique Hotel Castaños (the chestnuts), a walkers' favourite.

Day 3 - A short walk to the blue village of Juzcar, originally white but painted blue in 2011 for the premiere of the first Smurf movie. It is now regularly repainted to maintain it's bright and distinctive appearance. From Juzcar it's a steep climb (some rope assisted sections) up to Los Riscos, an area of extraordinary natural limestone sculptures carved by the elements - wind and rain - similar to those of El Torcal, near Antequera. Explore the site and the remains of many hilltop threshing circles before continuing on over the mountains to the village of Alpandeire. Overnight at La Casa Grande, a comfortable, traditional Andalucian style country hotel with an excellent restaurant.

Day 4 - A welcome descent into the Genal valley and then an uphill section to the tiny village of Atajate - less than 200 residents and the smallest in Malaga province - where you can stop for lunch. Then head back downhill to the village of Jimera de Libar, overlooking the Guadiaro River, for a night at the Hotel Rural Inz-Almaraz. Pop down the hill to the Alioli bar at JImera station if you like a great selection of beers from around the world.

Day 5 - In the 1890's a railway was built between Algeciras and Granada. It was an ambitious project, crossing 20 bridges, through 16 tunnels and climbing an altitude of 730m, masterminded by a British engineer and funded by a wealthy British aristocrat, Sir Alexander Henderson. His name has now been lent to a picturesque pathway, "Mr Henderson's Way", which follows the railway line though one of the trickiest (but most beautiful) 8km sections of the route along the limestone gorge of the Guadiaro river. From the village of Benaojan station you visit the waterfall and crystal clear water pool at the Cueva del Gato (Cat Cave) before continuing up the hill, with views across to Ronda in the far distance, and up to the village of Montejaque which is nestled in a rocky mountain niche. Overnight at the Hotel Palacete de Mañara overlooking the village square.

Day 6 - From Montejaque, walk up into the mountains behind the village into the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. Marvel at the craggy limestone peaks and then arrive at a beautiful, secluded hidden valley surrounded by holm oak forests which are home to Iberian pigs, wild ibex and deer. Continue on to Grazalema village, formerly one of the wealthiest of the white villages due to its weaving industry. Large porticoed houses around the square lend the village a sense of grandeur, whilst the annual bull run maintains an Andalucian historical tradition.    

Day 7 - Return to Montejaque via a different mountain and cork oak forest trail, following the course of a mountain stream and old drovers' route. 

Day 8 - Depart Montejaque via the site of the abandoned Hundidero dam - now dry for most of the time due to its porous limestone karst base, which means that even heavy winter rains simply seep into the surrounding rocks. Stand beneath the dam's towering wall before climbing out of the valley and then dropping back down to the Guadiaro river. A steady climb takes you back towards Ronda town, with a final section through the valley beneath Ronda's famous cliffs, gorge and bridge. What a way to finish the week!

Day 9 - Depart Ronda

 

Grazalema Park Mini Walking Tour

4 days of walking and 5 nights accommodation, starting and finishing in Ronda. Click here for daily distances and route profiles

Tour Synopsis, Villages & Accommodation *

Day 1 - Arrive Ronda

Day 2 - Head south west out of the town to take in the views of Ronda gorge and bridge before continuing to the stunning rock formations of the Tajo del Abanico (The Fan). Then take the "less travelled" country route over the hills to Benaojan station, then to the Cueva del Gato and on to Montejaque village.

Day 3, 4 and 5 - The rest of this tour follows the routes of days 6,7 and 8 of the Serrania Ronda Grand Tour.

Day 6 - Depart Ronda

 

* All accommodation listed is our preferred venue in each location but is subject to availability