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At a Glance

Your Holiday at a Glance


   
Independent walking holiday
  • Grazalema National Park

Dates for 2018
  • Everyday (subject to availability) from January to June and September to December
Price
  • £635 (single supplement £145)
  • €695 (single supplement €160)
  • Extra: Transfers between Malaga and Grazalema based on booking of 2: £55 or €60 per person each way (contact us for a quote for large groups)
Grade
Profile
  • 7 nights 5 days independent walking (mixture of day circuilts and moving between locations)
Highlights
  • Fabulous dramatic scenery of the Grazalema National Park in southern Spain with limestone outcrops and gorges
  • Amazing wildlife with a rich fauna and flora
  • Historic settlements including the superb town of Ronda
  • A choice of walks on some days allowing greater flexibility
  • An ideal winter, spring and autumn destination due to a favourable climate
Accommodation and Meals
  • 7 nights in charming country hotels, 3 evening meals included in price
What's included
  1. 7 nights accommodation in 3 star or equivalent hotels based on 2 sharing;
  2. All breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  3. Transport of luggage between hotels
  4. Transfer from Grazalema to Ronda on day 7 and taxi from Ronda to Benaojan (to pick up car) if required (see walking program for details)
  5. Transfers between Malaga and Grazalema can be added as an option
  6. Detailed walking map and walking notes including details of the walks, hotels, sites of interest etc
What's not included
  1. Travel to and from Malaga or Grazalema, Spain
  2. Picnic lunches
  3. 4 evening meals
  4. Drinks to accompany meals and during the day
  5. Travel insurance
  6. Any entrance fees
 
  1. See our self-guided holiday in Alpujarras in the Sierra Nevada
  2. Andalucian Explorer: Best of Southern Spain
  3. Other walking holiday destinations in Spain
  4. Return to full list of Independent walking holidays
Walks

Grazalema National Park

Located in Andalucia in southern Spain between Sevilla and Malaga, the Grazalema National Park is a stunning location for a self-guided walking holiday with spectacular limestone and dolomite crags that rise dramatically above beautiful gorges, the most spectacular being the Garganta Verde, 'Green Throat'. Grazalema was the first Spanish National Park to be designated in Andalucia, following its recognition as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Sierra de Grazalema has an exceptionally rich wildlife with Europe's largest population of Griffon Vultures. In addition mammals include roe deer, Egyptian mongoose and Spanish ibex.

Grazalema has a seasonal wet season which helps create an oasis of green among the Andalucian landscapes with an extraordinary array of plant life and a recorded 1300 species. As well as the rich wildlife and stunning countryside, Grazalema and the surrounding area is home to some beautiful small white villages with some great accommodation, which we link together on our self-guided walking holiday. On the final full day of your walking trip you'll arrive in Ronda, a spectacular town built on the edge of huge cliffs with its old and new towns connected by an immense bridge.

On this independent walking holiday you will have a mixture of day walks from your hotel and walks between locations. On 3 of the 5 walking days you'll have the choice of walks meaning you can adapt the length of your trails.

Walking profile

This self-guided or independent walking holiday in Andalucia is made up of 5 walking days; 2 days walking between locations and 3 days with circular walks. The walks vary between 10 and 20km in length and between 100m and 700m of ascent in the day. There is a large choice of walks on the centre-based walking days meaning that the overall grade can vary according to your choices. You can also choose to have a rest day among those days. The two walking days which go between hotels are among some of the more difficult walks with one day involving 20km distance and 700m of climbing. Some sections of the trail are rough and stony in places.

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Walking days

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at Benaojan or transfer from Malaga to Hotel, Molino Cuatro Paradas. Your base for the next 2 nights.

Day 2: Benaojan - Jimera de Libar 10km (short) 18km (long) 4-6hrs -100m (+100m on return)

A classic walk from your hotel descending to the village of Benaojan and then to the valley floor where you pick up a lovely path that will take you along the side of the railway to the sleepy village of Jimera de Libar. You can have a lovely meal at the Quercus restaurant before either catching the train back or retracing your steps and making the walk longer.

Day 3: Benaojan - Villaluenga del Rosario 20km 6-7hrs +700m  -500m

Walking from Benaojan up a wonderful limestone crag before walking down the long valley of Libar following the GR7 long distance path. You walk along the valley floor with sheer limestone cliffs rising on either side before heading over another limestone ridge and then on to Villaluenga.
Check into Hotel La Posada

Day 4: Villaluenga del Rosario -  Grazalema 14km 5-6hrs +400m -400m

Another walk from hotel to hotel. Walking from Villaluenga up to the plateau just below Simancon peak. This walk is beautiful and varied taking in some great views and fantastic wildlife in the heart of the Grazalema National Park.
Check into Hotel La Mejorana

Days 5 & 6: A selection of circular walks from Grazalema

Grazalema Circuit 8km +200m -200m
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.
Or
Goat Herders Leap 17km (long) 9km (short) +300m -300m
One of the best walks in the area, walking to Benaocaz from Grazalema and back via a different trail (you can take the local bus back from Benaocaz to shorten the walk.)
Or
Climb Simancon 11km +700, -700m
A high peak that overlooks Grazalema and great views in all directions from the top.
Or
Pinsapar 12km +500m, -500m
A walk in the protected Pinsapar forest above Grazalema village. Beautiful views of the national park.
Or
Grazalema Circuit 8km +300m, -300m
A circular walk around the reservoir that feeds Grazalema and then up Cerro Grande for great views of Grazalema village.

Day 7: Ronda

Check out of your hotel and transfer to hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas (09.30hrs) to retrieve your car (only if arrived by car) and then onto the spectacular town of Ronda (transfer 30 mins). Check into the Hotel San Gabriel, in the old town of Ronda. Explore one of the most spectacular and interesting towns in Spain sat on the edge of a cliff with a monumental bridge spanning the gorge separating the old and new towns.

Day 8: Departure

Check out of hotel and departure or transfer to Malaga.


 

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Prior to coming on this independent walking holiday in southern Spain, Europe, further information about the walking, the region and what to bring, will be sent to you. We do have a web page dedicated to what clothes and equipment you should bring. In addition, our travel shop has direct access to all the top walking and travel retailers. Please contact us if you need any further information.

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Accommodation & Meals


A variety of charming independent and friendly 2, 3 and 4 star hotels or equivalent. A mixture of styles mostly in traditional Andalusian properties. Three evening meals are included in the holiday price. Lunches are not included in the cost of the holiday and can be bought from the services in the local villages.

Name Type Details Rating  
La Mejorana, Grazalema Hotel A delightful small hotel with exceptional views and character in the villageĀ of Grazalema. You will be well looked after by Andres and Ana.    
Hotel San Gabriel, Ronda Hotel San Gabriel is a boutique hotel, in a great location in the old town part of Ronda. Friendly and helpful staff. 4 stars  
Travel Options

Travel Options


Flights

There are a large number of flights to Malaga from destinations from all over Europe by most of the main short haul airlines. From the UK, there are flights from many destinations including London Airports, Bournemouth, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff as well as others. Airline companies include British Airways, Easyjet, Iberia, Vueling.

Transfers from and to Malaga Airport can be included in the holiday price.

Note: Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you.. 

 

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