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The Route of the Pueblos Blancos (Guided)
The famed white towns and villages around Ronda and Grazalema have long been a destination for discerning travellers.The rolling contryside of Serrania de Ronda and the majestic mountains of the Sierras de Grazalema are rich in plant and birdlife and offer great opportunities for walking.
This 7 night guided walking holiday connects these sierras and visits five different  pueblos blancos. Each daily walk is about 12 km with some hilly terrain (
Grade 2).   On route we stay in carefully chosen accommodation in three of our favourite pueblos. Meals are provided at good local restaurants and bags are transported between locations.The accommodation in Montejaque and Grazalema both have swimming pools.

Grazalema


Dates & Prices

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Spring 2015

April 12 - 19**

May 31 - June 7

Cost £625* p/p
**Early Bird £595
Autumn 2015  

Sept 13 - 20


Cost £625* p/p

What is included:-
- 7 Nights accommodation. First night in Ronda in traditional hotel with en-suite rooms. The next two nights in the casitas of Montejaque. (Each of these charming small houses has a double and twin room sharing a bathroom, kitchen & sitting room.)  T
he last 4 nights in Grazalema  with en-suite, pool side rooms.
- Main meal of the day including wine. (Except  on the rest-day)
-Guided walks and travel costs for all elements of the route.
-Transfer of bags between locations.
-Airport transfers by minibus
or public coach services from and back to Malaga airport, or to Ronda for onward travel.

* The supplement for single occupancy of rooms is £85 per week.


Itinerary Spanish Steps - Into another world
Day 1 - Arrival Day
The holiday begins in Ronda which is about 2 hours by road from Malaga and Seville airports. Cordoba and Granada are also accesible  making it an ideal location  for guests wishing to start or extend their holiday with a visit to one of the grand cities of Andalucia. We stay in Ronda for one night in a pleasant hotel in the centre of this historic, evocative and much visited  town. In the evening, there is time to explore the old town followed by 'welcome drinks' and dinner at one of our favourite local restaurants.
Ronda

Ronmda to Mntejaque

Day 2 -  Ronda to  Montejaque The walk starts in the centre of Ronda and takes in some of the historical sites of Ronda before leaving through the south gate of the town. It is easy walking and there are great views of the famous bridge and onwards towards  the towering peaks of Sierras de Grazalema and the pretty villages of Benaojan and Montejaque where we stay for two nights. Our accommodation is in charming  casitas close to the centre of the village. These well appointed cottages cluster around a crystal blue pool set in large gardens with stunning views.
Walking time 4 - 5 Hours

Day 3 - Montejaque to Benaojan This circular walk starts from Montejaque with a steady climb to the entrance of the wide and fertile Valle de Libar. The route descends slighty through this beautiful 'hidden valley' before a gentle ascent  up to an ancient and  remote pass though  the Sierras de Benoajan. The views are spectacular.   The descent to Benaojan is gentle with time for refreshments in the village  before the final stretch  back and up to Montejaque. 

Walking time 5 Hours

Valle de Guadiaro

Grazalema

Day 4 - Montejaque to Grazalema This linear walk starts from Montejaque  with a steady climb through up to the pass of El Cabrizal.The route then decends gently and follows the river valley (Rio de Campobouches) towards Grazalema. There is the chance for some refreshments at the Puerto Alamillos before the descent and sharp climb up through the Moorish battlements of the town. Time for referesments before booking into ouraccomodation where we stay for four nights. The hotel is larger than the Spanish Steps ' norm' but the staff are very friendly and the location and facilities make it a ' must'.

Walking time 5 Hours


Day 5 - Rest Day
Grazalema is a lively pueblo blanco  and popular destination for visitors. The  steep, cobbled streets are immaculately kept and are lined by whitewashed houses with windows covered by wrought-iron grilles and plant pots spilling over with colourful flowers.
The pool-side rooms in our hotel have fine southerly views overlooking the village and there is an excellent choice of restaurants and shops within easy walking distance. Not only an excellent place for a rest day, Grazalema is a perfect base for some casual strolls and starting point for our final two walks.
Rest Day

Day 6 Grazalema to Benaocaz The walk starts with a steady climb out of the village to the pass of Puerto del Boyer. The path then climbs up to the Puerto de las Presillas and takes a higher level more southerly route to Benaocaz. The path is remote and rocky underfoot but easy to follow and  the views are great. The walk ends through the ancient Moorish area of the village. There are good opportunities for drinks and tapas in bars in the main Plaza. Return to Grazalema is by local bus.
Walking time  4 - 5 Hours
 

Day 7 - Mountains, lakes and raptors To the north of Grazalema there is a road that climbs up to the spectacular pass known as the Puerto de las Palomas. You do this by vehicle transfer before starting the walk around the Cerro  Coros. This 1,329m peak has amazing panoramic views across to Zahara del Sierra to the north and towering sierras to the south. There are great vantage points for raptor watching and looking down on eagles 'on the wing' is likely to be one of the highlights of the week. (NB This walk starts at around 1,200m after a short road transfer.)
Walking time 4 Hours.

Coros


SEville

Cordoba- Mezquita


Day 8 - Buen Viaje
Transfers from Grazalema are provided to Ronda or back to Malaga airport.

Ronda is located midway between Malaga, Seville and Cordoba. If you have  the time available, you may wish to consder extending your walking holiday with a short visit to either of both of these magical cities. There are excellent coach and rail services connecting them with Ronda and also back to Malaga. We will be happy to give advice if required.
See notes on Travel and Transport below.

Travel and Transport
Flights are not included so you can travel from your local airport or meet up in Spain. On arrival, our meeting point is at Malaga airport normally at 2.00 pm or later in Ronda.  On departure,
we provide transfers back to Ronda or to Malaga airport (arriving at 11.30 am).Ronda is located between Malaga, Seville and Cordoba.  We will be happy to provide travel options should you wish to extend your holiday at the beginning or end of the tour. Click here for information on Booking and flights locators.