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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 links the very best of these sierras and pueblos with outstanding walks and carefully chosen accommodation in three of our favourite pueblos. Meals are provided at good local restaurants and bags are transported between locations.


 

Grazalema

Itinerary Spanish Steps - Into a different 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.

Valle de Libar 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 our hotel where we stay for four nights.
Walking time 5 - 6 Hours
Day 5 - Rest Day
Our hotel in Grazalema is larger than the Spanish Steps ' norm' but the staff are very friendly and the location and facilities make it a ' must'. The pool-side rooms 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
From the pueblo we climb gradually to the Puerto del Boyer and take a desending path to Benaocaz. It is another exceptional walk with magnificent views across mountain ranges to the plains of Jerez and on a clear day, the Atlantic coast beyond. We descend through open countryside, oaks, pines, gulleys and extraordinary limestone formations. Finally, we drop down to pretty village of Benaocaz through ancient ruins of the original Moorish settlement.Time for refresments and return to Grazalema on the local bus.
Walking time  4 - 5 Hours
 
Day 7 - Mountains, lakes and raptors
Again, we have a choice of walks for our last day but my favourite is a little known walk from Grazalema around Cerro Coros. This 1,329m peak has amazing panoramic views across 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.

Day 8 - Buen Viaje
After a farewell breakfast, road transfers to Malaga airport

Coros



Dates & Prices



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Autumn 2014
Oct 5 - 12

Cost £625* p/p
Spring 2015
April 12 - 19**
May 17 - 24
May 31 - June 7
Cost £625* p/p
**Early Bird £595
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 overlooking the village.
- Breakfasts
- 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.
* All rooms are doubles. Single occupancy charge is £85 per week.
Travel
The holiday starts in Ronda and ends in Grazalema.These towns are located between Malaga, Seville, Jerez, Cordoba and Granada.  We will be happy to provide transfer options from any of these cities or airports. Please ask for details before booking.
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