Grazalema Walking Holiday
Designated a UNESCO Biosphere reserve in 1977, the Sierra de Grazalema was declared the first natural park in Andalucia in 1984 and is one of Spain’s most ecologically outstanding areas. The 51,695 ha park is famous for its spectacularly rugged limestone landscape of cliffs, gullies, caves and gorges. By far the most impressive gorge is Garganta Verde, with its exceptional griffon vulture colony and rocky walls that tower vertically for 400m. Andalucia’s largest cave system is also here, the Hundidero-Gato with its biggest cavern measuring 4km long and an entrance of 60m tall. The region is well known for being the rainiest place in Spain, with an annual rainfall of 2,200mm, which means that the 1,300 Mediterranean plant species that have been registered here, many of them endemic and some of them unique to the Sierra, flourish. There is a magnificent and well preserved forest of the rare Spanish fir, a relic from the Tertiary period, in the Sierra del Pinar on the slopes of Cadiz province’s highest peak at 1,654m, El Torreón. Around 3,000ha of the park is called an Área de Reserve, with the most fragile ecosystems, Spanish fir forests(Pinsapo) and black vulture colonies. The Area De Reserve, is closed from the end of May to October.
Guided walking holiday through the magnificent Grazalema park, taking in the fabulous limestone outcrops and some amazing wildlife. The route takes us from the west of Ronda across the Sierra de Grazalema through Villaluenga to Grazalema village. Spending the last night in the spectacular town of Ronda.
We spend two nights in Benaojan, one night in Villaluenga del Rosario, three nights in Grazalema and one night in Ronda. Walking between villages and walking the fabulous Pinsapar route from Grazalema in the highly protected nature reserve.(Pinsapar depends on the time of year – June – Oct Closed, also if arid it will be closed)
Grazalema Walking Holiday
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
A 7 night guided walking holiday based in the spectacular Sierra de Grazalema. Grazalema is a very rural area based around huge limestone outcrops and long expansive valleys. We spend 2 nights in Benaojan and walk the ‘Mr Henderson’s Railway’ route the first day, a very easy but enjoyable walk. The next day is a long walk out of Benaojan and into the Valle de Libar which we follow before walking up and into Villaluenga Del Rosario. We stay here one night and walk to Grazalema village , where we spend the next 3 nights.Walking from the hotel in Grazalema everyday we walk the Pinsapar route on one of the days and also climb Simancon, the second highest peak in Cadiz province.
This guided waking holiday in Grazalema would suit anyone who likes to walk 5-7hrs a day with some ascents and descents. These times are with stops. The area is great for food with some of the best meals and tapas I have tasted in Spain. We eat out twice in Grazalema village and once in Ronda so if food is an important part of your holiday this could be the one for you.
Airport Transfers from Malaga
7 Nights Ensuite Hotel Accommodation
All Evening Meals (3 meals in Restaurants)
Lunches on Walk days
5 Guided Walks
All Transport in the week
Flights, personal snacks/drinks
Meet at Malaga airport and leave for Benaojan at 14.00hrs.
Go through the week and answer any questions.
Evening meal in Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas.
Benaojan - Jimera de Libar 10km
Benaojan – Jimera de Libar 10km 4-6hrs
A classic walk from the hotel down to the village of Benaojan and then to the valley floor where you pick up this lovely path that will take you along the side of the railway to the sleepy village of Jimera de Libar. You can have a drink at Bar Alioli, before either catching the train back or retracing your steps and making the walk longer.
Benaojan - Villaluenga del Rosario 20km
Benaojan – Villaluenga del Rosario 20km 6-8hrs
A walk down the long valley of Libar following the GR7 long distance path. You walk along the valley floor with sheer limestone cliffs on either side, a wonderful walk.
Villaluenga del Rosario - Grazalema 14km
Villaluenga del Rosario – Grazalema 14km 5-6hrs
Another beautiful walk from hotel to hotel. First a climb up a long limestone valley before ascending to charca verde(green pond) and traversing Reloj. Before we descend into Grazalema village.
Grazalema - Benaojan - The Goat Herders Leap - 17km
Grazalema – Benaojan – The Goat Herders Leap – 17km 5-7hrs
An easier day with a beautiful walk with fabulous views of the whole of Grazalema National Park. Walking past the Poso’s(ancient fridges) and another great raptor watching day.
Walking from Grazalema we take our permit and walk this classic route through the highly protected forest of Spanish Fir trees before we descend to the beautiful village of Benamahoma.
Climbing a beautiful route up one of the highest mountains in the region. Great views and walk.
Free Day In Ronda
Check out of the hotel and transfer to the spectacular town of Ronda (transfer 30 mins). Check into the Hotel San Gabriel, right by the Puente Nuevo.
Return to Airport
Transfer to Malaga airport
Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas 3 * Rural
A lovely hotel just outside Benaojan. Situated on the side of the river and rooms around a courtyard. Great food. Wi-fi and swimming pool.
Hotel La Posada 2* Rural
In the village of Villaluenga Del Rosario, a very charming little hotel with very good local food on offer. Wifi in rooms.
La Mejorana 2* OR
Exellent bed & breakfast, pool and wifi.
Hotel Puerta De La Villa 4*
A large hotel with large rooms in the centre of Grazalema Village. swimming pool, wi-fi in bar area.
Hotel San Gabriel 4*
A beautiful family run hotel in the old town of Ronda. Very charming with excellent service. Wi-fi in rooms.
En-suite rooms based on 2 people sharing a room
If you would like to have your own room, there is a 120 Euro surcharge.
We pay this to the hotels and do not profit from it.
1 Good pair of walking boots, preferably not brandnew
2 Walking poles, if you are not confident on loose ground
3 Waterproofs- especially if you are going high
4 Warm jacket, Fleece etc
5 Sun hat
6 Sun Cream
7 Sun Glasses
8 Comfortable backpack
9 Water bottle/ camel pack
10 Travel insurance
11 Health card
12 Blister plasters
As you will be partaking in an activity holiday, it is a condition that you are adequately covered by the relevant insurance for medical and holiday cover. You will be asked to send proof of insurance when you have booked a holiday with us. We also recommend that you obtain your EHIC card which enables a citizen from the EU to health care anywhere within the EU.
Most holiday insurance companies include walking as part of their normal policy – just make sure it goes up to 3500m if you are walking Mulhacen.
All our guided itineraries have airport transfers included. We recommend Malaga to fly into – it is 1hr 20mins from here to the first hotel. Contact us with you the pick up options available.
Of course you can. If you are willing to share a room then there is no problem but if you want your own room there is a single supplement charge applicable.(120 Euro for 7 nights)
We keep our guided groups to 8 people. We feel the group works better in a small more personalised group.
We have never cancelled a week but we will inform you if the group on your chosen week is low on walkers.
No, the choice is yours. If you want free day then just inform us at the time and we can hopefully give you other options or if you feel a walk maybe too much for you we can usually arrange a shorter version for you.
All the hotels can cater for any diet. If you have a particularly allergy, just let us know and we will make sure the hotels are aware.