Walking between Ronda and Tarifa (Almoravids’ Route)

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We set out from the ancient town of Ronda, heading for Grazalema, one of the famous “white villages”. You will discover silver and pink mountains with their perennial pastures, and then continue down through the Guadiario River valley to Algeciras and the Mediterranean, and on to its meeting with the Atlantic Ocean.

We cross the Grazalema Mountains on foot, heading south, passing another beautiful village, Villaluenga del Rosario, the highest in the province of Cadiz. Autochthonous species of sheep and goats (“payoyas”) graze on evergreen meadows set between limestone valleys, fairy-tale gall-oak forests and rocky gorges, producing delicious, highly-prized cheeses. We continue walking on the GR-7 towards the village Montejaque and from there we take the ancient Campo de Gibraltar Cattle Trail, following the course of the Guadiaro River to Jimera de Líbar, another jewel of a village. Now we take the train to get to our final destination in Algeciras, a beautiful ride crossing a dense cork forest, while the river converts the valley into a canyon and opening out again to come to the town ALgeciras. Our last walk runs through the Estrecho Nature Reserve, heading down towards the sea and then on, following the coastline. Your curiosity will be awakened by the rocky beaches and old military installations to be found in the area, while we awaken the curiosity of the many dark-coloured calves that graze on these coastal hillsides. Seduced by the wild landscape of this coast between two seas, daydreaming as we stare out to Africa, we arrive in Tarifa.

This tour combines easy to moderate walks through unspoilt mountain countryside and valleys with beautiful white villages and a fantastic train ride. The small and charming inns give you a warm welcome after a day of hiking.

Ronda

Ronda

Whether you come by bus, train or car, you should try to get to this fabulous town as early as possible. Have a stroll, see the oldest bullfight ring of Spain, and the famous "Puente Nuevo" (New Bridge) and take some good wines and tapas.


Ronda - Grazalema by bus

Ronda – Grazalema by bus

After breakfast you have enough time to visit the historical centre of Ronda, visit the ancient Arab baths and have lunch in one of the many restaurants before you take the late afternoon bus to the beautiful mountain village Grazalema. You can have a stroll through this charming village. It is interesting to see its typical streets, the viewpoints, the Roman fountain... and also the little shops where they sell the typical goat cheese. Buy already your picnic  for next day!  


Grazalema, circular route

Grazalema, circular route

Today you do a circular hike in the countryside nearby Grazalema. This route takes you to the heart of the nearby Sierra del Endrinal. The remains of shepherds’ refuges (huts and corrals) tell you about the importance that stockbreeding has had (and still has) in this region, an activity that stands out in the cheese made of the milk obtained from the local payoya sheep breed. You will slowly climb to the Puerto de las Presillas (1250 meters altitude) and continue to the the Boyar viewpoint where you will be able to enjoy 360 degrees of views of the mountains surrounding you and you’ll be able to see the ionic Salto del Cabrero.  


Grazalema-Villaluenga del Rosario (13 km)

Grazalema-Villaluenga del Rosario (13 km)

This route takes you right into to the heart of the Nature Park Grazalema. You will first climb through the Sierra de Edrinal to reach an altitude of 1200m and pass very close to the highest peaks Reloj (1545m) and Simancón (1566m). This height gives you the most beautiful views until the Sea and the Rock of Gibraltar! You also may see some big birds with wide wings and a short, square tail circulating high. Without any doubt it is a griffon vulture that takes advantage of the cornice and the cracks that the cliffs of these mountains offer for nesting. At the end of the route you have a steep downhill to the beautiful white village Villaluenga del Rosario, the highest village of the province Cádiz. Ascent & Descent: 500m  


Villaluenga del Rosario-Montejaque (19 km)

Villaluenga del Rosario-Montejaque (19 km)

Today is a long walking day. We continue walking through impressive limestone rock formations, including the Sima del Republicano. In this beautiful landscape of Holm oaks, you may even see the Iberian pig, a race you only find in Spain, looking for acorns under the holm oaks! Where they slowly fatten to later make the best Spanish Ham (Jamon Iberico). Later you get to the Líbar plains, hiking gently over this deserted landscape to the white village Montejaque. (6 hours, 230m ascent, 400m descent)


Montejaque - Jimera de Líbar (13 km)

Montejaque – Jimera de Líbar (13 km)

Today we first walk to the Station of Benaoján. Here we pick up our route following the "Cañada Real de Campo de Gibraltar" (an old cattle track), alongside the Guadiaro river and the Bobadilla-Algeciras railway line. Once at the station of Jimera de Líbar, we find a good place for lunch before walking another 2 km to the centre of the village, where we will spend the night.


Jimera de Líbar- Algeciras by train, walking to Tarifa (15 km)

Jimera de Líbar- Algeciras by train, walking to Tarifa (15 km)

Today we make the last stage of this unforgettable journey by train to Algeciras; a taxi will be waiting here for us to drive us to the Estrecho Natural Park. From there, we head down towards the sea and then on following the coastline, along rocky beaches and old military installations with Africa in the distance. In the afternoon we can enjoy the ambiance of Tarifa, as our inn is just located in the heart of the historical centre.


Tarifa, end

Tarifa, end

Today we can visit the famous ruins of Bolonia and eat some fresh fish alongside the sea before heading back to Algeciras to take the train back home. Why not also enjoy the beautiful beaches of the province and stay another night in Tarifa?



Accommodation with breakfast

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7 nights

Accommodation in double room with en-suite facilities in quality and charming hotels, country lodges or guesthouses, including breakfast with: fruit juice, coffee, tea or hot chocolate, toast, fresh fruit or yoghurt.


Information on the trip

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Full information on cycling or hiking with us will be provided (cultural and useful details). For self-guided tours, maps & terrain guides or descriptions are also included.


Taxi

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2 días

Organised taxi to come to the start point of the route or to be picked up at the end of the route.


Telephone helpline

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8 days

This is comprised of a telephone number that the traveller may call between 9 am and 7 pm to obtain complementary information or to request help of any type that may be available en route at that time. This telephone number will be operated by employees or collaborators of the company, with sufficient knowledge of the route in question and who are capacitated to organise support for the traveller(s). In the case of requiring said support, the traveller will be responsible for the cost implied by organising such support (4X4 vehicle or taxi to pick up traveller(s), etc.)


Luggage transport

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This service consists of transport of the traveller's luggage between the accommodation at the end of one stage to that of the next, within an itinerary offered by Otros Caminos S.L.. The traveller should have his/her luggage ready for collection before 9 am at the accommodation (reception area) from where the stage begins, and Otros Caminos will have the luggage ready in the following accommodation as specified in the itinerary by 4 pm of the same day.


Extra night (charming Hotel*** in Ronda)

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49€

1 night

Extra night before starting the tour, in double room with breakfast

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