Sierra Walks specialises in walking holidays and hiking tours that focus on Andalusia’s rich historical and ecological diversity.
From half-day hikes in the mountains around the famous ‘pueblos blancos’, to escorted week-long and fully supported treks, we offer outdoor hiking tours to suit varied abilities and interests.
Serious about the Sierras… The mountains of Western Andalusia, designated by UNESCO within the Mediterranean Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve, are one of those special places where, quite literally, different worlds collide to create a unique landscape of global, ecological, and cultural value.
The Mediterranean Basin is a global biodiversity hotspot as identified by Conservation International. The biosphere has a high concentration of protected spaces: most notably, Los Alcornocales, Grazalema, and Sierra de las Nieves on the Spanish side, and Talassemtane, and Bouhachem in the Moroccan Rif.
On the Spanish side, these wilderness areas hold some of Europe’s highest biodiversity indicators and are also a bottleneck to Western Europe’s most significant bird and whale migrations through the Straits of Gibraltar.
The reasons for the biosphere’s unique biological diversity have given rise to a unique and diverse cultural history. Within its protected spaces are fascinating archeological reminders of this varied past, stretching far back into human history: from caves inhabited by Neanderthal Man, to Roman Castles, Moorish Palaces, and Andalusian white-washed pueblos perched improbably on steep mountain slopes.
Our walking tours in Andalusia explore this diverse region using a network of historic rights of way that criss-cross the Ronda mountain ranges, chosen to showcase the fascinating historical and natural diversity this region has to offer.
SierraWalks.Com is based in Gaucin, a white village in the Serranía de Ronda. Walks are guided by Michael Newcomb, historian, conservationist, and tour leader with 18 years experience managing tour groups in the Spanish-speaking world. For further information please see here