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Day Hikes in the Ronda Mountains

We organise guided  day hikes in the Ronda Mountains with scheduled monthly departures to the Sierra El Hacho, Los Alcornocales and  Grazalema Natural Parks.

Our hikes are tailored to our clients interests and abilities and range from one and a half hour nature trail suitable for children and occasional hikers to full day treks covering 20-30km and visiting sites of historical or ecological interest.

Recommended half day itineraries (3-4hours) include the  Sierra El Hacho, , Valle Genal and Los Alcornocales routes which are normally followed by a delicious’ tapas’  lunch.

The El Hacho hikes offers some of the very best views across the Straits of Gibraltar on to the Moroccan Rif ( weather permitting ) and numerous hiking options of  between 3-8 hours. These routes also offer great views of the Genal and Guadiaro valley and a great introduction to our unique landscape.

The Valle Genal hikes explore one of Andalusia’s best conserved river watersheds and present us with a multitude of hiking possibilities. One of the best half day options utilizes a newly opened river walk way to the Venta Saun Juan, 4/5 hours from Gaucin. The offers one of the shadiest trails and a firm favourite in the hot summer months when a win in the natural pools of the Genal river.

Los Alcornocales Natural Park is one of Europe’s most biodiverse forests and at 170,000 hectares also offers us a myriad of fantastic options. For half day itineraries the Arroyo del Canuelo hike showcases the ecological diversity of this wonderful forest and end in the 2,500 year old town of Jimena de La Frontera, visiting the Roman castle before one of its many fantastic tapas bars.

A recommend full days hike is the 22km Canyon de Las Buitreras hike which transverses the Vulture Canyon, a 250meter deep gorge and national monument named for the circling Griffon Vultures invariably using the canyons cliffs for thermals and safe sanctuary. The hike is only recommended for fitter hikers as has a few steeper and more technical sections rewarding us with some of the wildest most rugged scenery in the Iberian peninsular.

Happy hiking!

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Walking in the National Parks of Western Andalusia

Walking in the National Parks of Western Andalusia is a journey through the incredibly diverse landscapes and habitats of southern Spain . Though this tour is designed for keen walkers and nature lovers there is  much of cultural and historical interest too, not to mention the regions world class gastronomy.

We use the delightful and historic white villages of Gaucin in Malaga  and Castano del Robledo in Huelva as a base to explore these fabulous protected habitats.


From our base in Gaucin we can access   the rugged karst landscapes of Grazalema and Sierra Las Nieves Natural Parks as well as the extensive oak forests of Los Alcornocales Natural Park,  one of the most biodiverse regions in Europe.


Gaucin is also our base to visit the El Estrecho Natural Park, Spain’s most recent protected space. We explore the park both on land and by boat giving our groups the best chance to witness the annual bird and whale migrations which make the area famous.


We then head on to the Doñana National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the most important wetlands in Western Europe and a magnet for the regions impressive birdlife.


For the later part of the tour we use the historic village of Castano de Robledo as our base, located within the Sierra de Aracena Natural Park. The Tour will finish exploring the habitats of the Sierra Morrena and the Sierra de Aracena Natural Park, home to the worlds most endangered feline, the Iberian Lynx.


The tour ends in Seville on the monrning of day 8.  The tour includes 7 nights accommodation in  comfortable 3  or 4 star  hotels/guest house depending on preferrence, all airport transfers from/to Malaga and Seville airports respectively, tour leader, all entrance fees and all surface transport during the tour.

The Roman Road from Castellar, day 2

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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.