Route of the
Pueblos Blancos

Self-guided walking holiday - Non Drive

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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  linear self guided walking holiday explores the very best of the sierras. After the first night in Ronda you stay for 2 nights in  the pretty mountain village of Montejaque and the last 4 nights in Grazalema. The hotels are in the centre of these delightful pueblos and the last two locations have pools. All the locations have excellent local restaurants which we are happy to recommend


Our self guided Route of the Pueblos Blancos  connects five different white villages with exceptional and varied walks. Most of the walks are linear but can be amended to suit the walking preferences of our guests. The accommodation in Montejaque and Grazalema both have swimming pools. Transfers from Malaga to Ronda, from Grazalema back to Ronda, transfers to trail heads and the transfer of bags between locations are provided within the holiday costs


Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival day
The holiday starts in Ronda which is about 2 hours by road from Malaga and Seville airports. Cordoba and Granada are also accesible by public transport 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. You will stay for the first night in Ronda in the historic centre of this evocative and much visited town. In the evening, there should be time to explore the old town perhaps followed by a welcome meal in one of our favourite restaurants.

Day 2 - Ronda town and country walk
The first part of the walk takes in some of the historical sites in Ronda before leaving through the south gate of the town. The route then follows part of the old postal (correos) path to Montejaque before returning into the north of the town. It is easy walking with great views of the famous bridge and onwards towards the towering peaks of Sierras de Grazalema and the pretty village of Montejaque, the destination for the following day. Walking time, up to 5 hours

Day 3 - To Montejaque and Jimera de Libar
The first part of the day is an easy 20 minute drive to Montejaque where you stay for two nights. The walk to Jimera begins at Benaojan station at the bottom of the valley. The walking path along Rio Guadiaro is easy walking, and shares the valley with ' Mr Hendersons' famous railway line. Longer options for the walk climb up to the village of Jimera. Shorter options leave time for a late lunch at an exceptional restaurant by the station in Jimera. All options return to Benaojan station for return to Benaojan by train. Walking time up to 4 hours

Day 4 - Montejaque Circuit
Longer option walks begin with with a steady climb to the entrance of the wide and fertile Valle de Libar. From this beautiful 'hidden valley' there is a gentle ascent up to an ancient and remote pass though the Sierras de Benoajan. Once through the pass, the descent to Benaojan pueblo has spectacular montain views before the final stretch of the walk up to Montejaque. Shorter options for the walk are also circular but involve less climbing and perhaps time for a late lunch and a swim in season. Walking time up to 5 hours

Day 5 - 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. Your hotel where you stay for the last for nights has great views over the town and a delightful pool and gardens.  Walking time, 5- 6 Hours with shorter options.

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 more steeply to Puerto de las Presillas. Shorter options return on a circular route back to Grazalema in time for a late lunch. Longer options take a higher level more southerly route to Benaocaz and ends through the ancient Moorish area of the village. Time for drinks in the plaza and return to Grazalema by local bus.  Walking time up to 5 hours

Day 7 - Pines, 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. Walking time 3 - 4 Hours.

Day 8 - Departure Day
We provide transfers back to Ronda and Malaga airport. Mt many guests choose to extend their stay in Spain, possibly visiting the historic cites of Seville, Córdoba or Granada. All these wonderful cites are easily accesible from Ronda by high speed train.

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What we include-
7 nights accommodation in double/twin bedded rooms.
* First night in Ronda,
* Two nights in Montejaque
* Four nights in Grazalema).
* Breakfasts (Except in self catering Casitas Montejaque)
* Welcome meal with wine.
* Information pack including individually prepared walk desciptions, maps local information etc..
* Bus transfer Malaga to Ronda on arrival (see notes on Travel)
* Transfer of bags between locations.
* Transfers to trail heads.
* Taxi transfer Grazalema to Ronda on departure (See notes on Travel)         

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