Walking in the surroundings of Ronda

Ronda is surrounded by the most versatile and stunning landscapes with three protected National Nature Reserves. The Sierra de las Nieves (with peak ‘La Torrecilla’ at 1919 meters altitude), Sierra de Grazalema (in which 13 ‘white villages’ lie) and Los Alcornocales (cork oak forests).
In addition, there are vast areas that may not be protected natural parks, but know many walks including in the Genal Valley or Guadiaro Valley, where you can often walk from village to village. These trails range from easy to hard.

In the house you will find several hiking guides in different languages and maps of the area. The trails in the official Nature Reserves normally remain unchanged, but in other areas they can sometimes be subject to change, for example, because part of the route is suddenly fenced (usually that’s private property then). Sometimes, however, some of these fences are only placed to keep animals within the boundaries and not always to keep hikers out. Try to judge for yourself, do not take unnecessary risks and be respectful to your surroundings.
Here are some trails in Spanish, posted by the Buro of Tourism in Ronda. Routes in English can be found here

Interesting links to walking with an experienced guide:

http://www.guyhunterwatts.com/index.php/guided-walks-andalucia

http://www.hikeandbikeholidays.com/walking-spain-walking-holidays

http://www.rondamountains.com/p/the-walks.html

Or contact the activity centers Pangea or Al-Andalus Activa for one of their guided tours

GALLERY

Walks straight from Home:  

‘El Tajo’ of Ronda

Tajo de Abaníco

Nature Park Sierra de las Nieves

The Walk of the Hidden Valley: 

Walking along the River Gaduarés

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Wildflowers in the Serrania de Ronda

In the immediate vicinity of the house you can find wild flowers everywhere. There are more than 1800 registered wildflowers, including some 40 different wild orchids. In the right seasons (mostly spring) and with a somewhat trained eye, you’ll stumble across the most marvelous specimens. There is a whole group of wild orchids, whose refined flower resembles the body of a bee. The trick is to look well around you because of their generally small size wildflowers can easily be overlooked. There are several guided day trips in case you don’t want to miss any!

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The Hidden Valley

Today we walked for five hours off the beaten track, where we passed mossy rocks, majestic holm oaks, we crossed green fields, went through enchanted forests and below jagged rock platforms. We  were guided the path by piled stones, cow dung and goat droppings. Oh yeah, and some sheep, but they went the other way.

This walk has been described by the ‘walking guru’ Guy Hunter-Watts and can be found here (a bit tricky, you can get lost easily..) or you can do the walk with the guide himself

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Outdoor activities

There are a number of organizations that offer outdoor activities in Ronda: Pangea Central, DiscoveryAl Andalus Activa, Hike + Bike, Sierraventura Ronda and Aventura Ronda. They offer the following activities (note that for some of these activities a certain degree of experience is required!)Caving: Can be practiced in four different caves , most notably the ” Cueva del Gato ” is . – Abseiling/canyoning: including a spectacular descent of the waterfall under the famous Puente Nuevo del Tajo . – Rock climbing: In some places you can slide along a ‘Tirolina’, a cable stretched across a gorge . – Horse riding: A wide variety of riding crossing streams; through valleys; passing quiet traditional villages and over mountains on old winding mule tracksin the surroundings of Ronda – Bungee jumping: for 18 years and older – Canoeing on the lake of Zahara de la Sierra . This can include counseling , but the boats can be rented free per half day or hour . – Routes for mountain bikes  Dutchman Ferry Staleman settled in Ronda years ago and runs a very successful bike rental company . Not only has he a wide range of rental bikes , such as road bike, mountain bike, hybrid or E -bike (electric bike) , but also has developed great cycling routes, he offers reliable cycling maps and other supplies, such as bottles , tools, gloves, etc. – Multi adventures especially fun for children . It contains programs which you can choose between different activities , eg archery , canoeing and climbing. – Paintball : to play , little war , there is a minimum of four people required. All protective clothing can be rented . – Routes 4×4 ( SUVs ) Do a half or a whole day with a multilingual guide in his 4×4 and discover places you wouldn’t have dreamt of! Contact through the owners of casa Vallecillo. – Buggy routes: If you like to drive a buggy yourself, goe and test your skills on the roads and tracks of the Serrania de Ronda. – Hiking : Due to the enormous amount of possible nature walks we have a special page on our website. All links that we give handle above their own prices, which may not correspond to the price on their site indicated . Always check this before you book! And always be cautious . Overconfidence is not a good trait in risky sports ..

  CHECK OUT THE ‘CAMINITO DEL REY’ has been restored and is open for visits. We can help you book the entrance tickets, just ask us!

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