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 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.
|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
by 'welcome drinks' and dinner at one of our favourite local
||Day 2 - Ronda to Montejaque
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
time 4 - 5 Hours
|Day 3 - Montejaque to Benaojan
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.
time 5 Hours
4 - Montejaque to Grazalema
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.
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.
| Day 6 Grazalema to
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.
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.
8 - Buen Viaje
After a farewell
breakfast, road transfers to Malaga airport
|Dates & Prices
Oct 5 - 12
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.) The last 4 nights in Grazalema with en-suite, pool side rooms
overlooking the village.
- 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.
The holiday starts in Ronda
and ends in Grazalema.These
towns are located between Malaga, Seville, Jerez, Cordoba and
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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