The Smugglers Way- A 6 Day Walking Holiday in the Ronda Mountains

This 6 day/7night walking holiday is a journey from the Ronda Mountains to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and takes in some of Southern Spains wildest and most dramatic landscapes – untill recent times  the redoubt of smugglers and bandits who used the rugged sierras as refuge giving this hike its name,  the Smugglers Way.


The route is  a fully guided week long hike which passes through the  Mediterranean’s largest forest,  protected within the Alcornocales and Grazalema Natural Parks.  It finishes on the last undeveloped beaches of the Costa del Sol which have remarkably  survived the rampant urbanisation Spain’s most famous coast line has suffered.

Gaucin, Serrenia de Ronda

This hike is the product of numerous weeks research by historian and guide Michael Newcomb. In joining numerous historic rights of way Sierra Walks is delighted to offer a unique trek not available anywhere else.

Enjoying the views, day 1

This walking holiday overnights in a different village each night and while the walking will be through some of Andalusia’s wildest corners our accommodation will be in boutique and historic hotels (3 & 4 star) in picturesque pueblos blancos, including a night in the 13 century Moorish Castle of Castellar de la Frontera. This also gives us a chance to sample the regions fabulous gastronomy – well earned after a days walking in the Spanish Sierras!


This hike visits some of Andalucia’s most treasured historical and ecological attractions including one of Europe’s most biodiverse protected areas, Los Alcornocales Natural Park and archeological sites of Neolithic, Roman, Visigothic and Moorish origin.

Walking distances vary between 15-25km a day depending on the terrain amounting to an average of 7 hours/day walking time – designed for the moderately fit in mind. There is a support vehicle on hand all times to forward luggage on to next hotel and to provide assistance if needed.

West of Castellar, day 3

Contact for further info and availability. Group size ( 2-6 ),  prices depend on guiding and hotel options and includes airport transfers to/from Malaga,  7  nights accommodation in 3 & 4 star hotels, support vehicle & driver.

Enquire for a self guided option which includes a comprehensive dossier with info, maps, GPS points etc.