Walking Grazalema National Park Spain

Walking Grazalema National Park Spain

Walking Grazalema National Park Spain taking in the fabulous limestone outcrops and some amazing wildlife. The route walks some of the classic paths in Grazalema and you stay in the spectacular town of Ronda on your last night.

We also operate this Walking Grazalema National Park Spain tour as a Single centre staying 6 nights in Grazalema and 1 night in Ronda.

The National Park of Grazalema is 100km from Malaga airport and takes roughly 1.5 hrs to get there.

Designated a Unesco Biosphere Reserve in 1977 and then a Spanish National park in 1984, it was the first national park in Andalucia. The National park of Grazalema is full of spectacular limestone and dolomite gorges and crags that rise up dramatically, with the most spectacular being the Garganta Verde, ‘Green Throat’. Which has one of Europe’s largest population of Griffon Vultures. It has an exceptionally rich bird life, particularly raptors.

Mammals include roe deer, Egyptian mongoose, badger, fox and Spanish ibex. As well as the rivers having a healthy otter population.

The trees consist of large cork oaks, holm oak, olive trees and the magnificent and well preserved forest of the rare Spanish fir.

El Pinsapar Walk, View On A Guided Walk DayThe region is also know as the wettest in Spain, but the weather is very seasonal and only helps the scenery to be the greenest in Andalucia. This area also has an extraordinary array of plant life with a recorded 1300 species. Many of them endemic and some flourish in this environment.

Around the Grazalema national park are some beautiful small white villages with some great accommodation, which we link together on our self guided walking itineraries and on our Grazalema Special Walk.

There is a large Área de Reserve, with the most fragile ecosystems, Spanish fir forests and black vulture colnies. This part of the park are controlled in terms of dates and numbers. At times when fire risks are greater (July to September) walks to this area are closed.

High rainfall and a limestone landscape mean that the water courses and springs are plentiful. The principal rivers are the Guadalete, Guadiaro, Tavizna and Ubrique.

Location
Grazalema national park, Spain

Activity Level
Low. 4-9 hours of easy to medium walking a day 8-22km

Getting There
Fly into malaga, met by private transfer

Duration
8 days/7 nights

Accommodation 
Hotels

Meals
8 breakfasts 3 evening meals.

Extras
Lunches can be obtained from hotels or from local shops. The average price for a picnic lunch from a hotel is 6.50/7.50 Euro, which will include a sandwich, fruit, cake and a drink.

Kit List
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
13 shorts/t-shirts

General Questions
Can I come on my own?

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)

What is the maximum number in a group?

The maximum number of people in a set itinerary week is 14. The average number of walkers per group is 6/8 people. We do however run tailor made holidays for groups up to 50.

Who are the other walkers in the group?

We get people from all over the world, the majority being from northern Europe. We have a 50/50 male/female mix and 50/50 couple/individual.

Do you ever cancel weeks?

We have never cancelled a week but we will inform you if the group on your chosen week is low on walkers.

Do I have to walk everyday?

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.

Do you cater for vegan/vegetarian?

A lunch can be made to suite any dietary requirement using locally sourced produce. Consisting of a piece of fruit, a sweet i.e. cake, biscuit and a freshly prepared sandwich or salad.

The hotels cater for vegetarians needs.

What we do

We put together the trip for you: reserve the hotels, transfer the luggage and organise your transfers to the start of your itineraries. Each tour includes a complete Road book with detailed itineraries, information for visits along the way, a detailed map and total peace of mind with our 24-hour local support.

We work with local operators through-out each destination that are passionate about their regions.

We can tailor make this tour, if you want to add an extra rest day, spend a few days relaxing before or after the trip just let us know and we will be happy to provide a quotation.

Walking Grazalema National Park Spain Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at Ronda where you will be met and transferred to your first hotel in Benaojan.
Molino Cuatro Paradas – A lovely hotel with swimming pool based in the valley just outside Benaojan

Day 2
Benaojan – Jimera de Libar 10km(short) 18km(long) 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 lovely meal at the Quercus restaurant before either catching the train back or retracing your steps and making the walk longer.
Molino Cuatro Paradas

Day 3
Benaojan – Villaluenga del Rosario 20km 6-8hrs
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 on either side before over another limestone ridge and then on to Villaluenga.
La Posada – A traditional village hotel in Villaluenga, with great food and lovely rooms

Day 4
Villaluenga del Rosario – Grazalema 14km 5-7hrs
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.
Casa De Las Piedras – A great quality walkers hotel in the village of Grazalema. Excellent food.

Day 5
Grazalema Circuit 12km
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.

Or

Goat Herders Leap – 17km(long) 9km(short)
One of the best walks in the area, walking to Benaocaz from Grazalema and back via a different route.(you can take the local bus back from Benaocaz to shorten the walk)

Day 6
The Ruta de Pinsapar – 14km, a walk in the highly protected nature reserve of Spanish fir trees.

We will obtain permits for you to walk on this day from Grazalema to Benamahoma. Where you can catch the local bus back or we can organise a taxi for you.

Or

Climb Simancon – 11km
A high peak that overlooks Grazalema and great views in all directions from the top.

Day 7
Check out of the hotel and take a taxi to the spectacular town of Ronda (transfer 30 mins). Check into the Hotel Ronda, right by the Puente Nuevo.

Day 8
Check out of hotel and transfer onwards.

Walking Grazalema National Park Spain prices

Prices
Dates Available Year round
Price per person sharing   €600
Breakfasts & 3 evening meals included
Single Supplement  €150
Private Airport transfers  €110 per car (1-4 people)

Included  in Walking Grazalema National Park Spain

  • 2 Nights in Benaojan
  • 1 Night in Villaluenga
  • 3 Nights in Grazalema
  • 1 Night in Ronda(no evening meal)
  • Breakfasts and evening meals
  • Different levels of walksLuggage transfer (hotel to hotel)
  • Detailed route notes & maps
  • 24hr local support

Your Accommodation on Walking Grazalema National Park Spain

Hotels
The hotels we use have been used by our supplier for years and we use them because they are excellent quality with good comfortable en-suite rooms and great food. Swimmming pools are open from end of May till the beginning of September.

Molino Cuatro Paradas

A lovely hotel with swimming pool based in the valley just outside Benaojan

La Posada
A traditional village hotel in Villaluenga, with great food and lovely rooms

Casa De Las Piedras
A great quality walkers hotel in the village of Grazalema. Excellent food.

Hotel Ronda
A beautiful hotel in the spectacular town of Ronda. Right by the ‘Puente Nuevo’ bridge.

Extras
Lunches can be obtained from hotels or from local shops. The average price for a picnic lunch from a hotel is 6.50/7.50 Euro, which will include a sandwich, fruit, cake and a drink.

Where you rest your head after an active day is hugely important to us. We go to great lengths to find properties that are unique expressions of the region you are travelling through. Think of them as the charming and intimate garnish atop your trip. 

Whether nestled in the heart of a village or lost in the countryside and surrounded by nature, all accommodations are chosen using a strict criteria of comforthospitality, and authentic charm. We like to use locally run independent small hotels, guest houses and B&Bs instead of the larger “chain” hotels.  All of them are hand-picked, visited, and re-visited by our local partners. On most of our holidays you will be staying in different hotels and their  uniqueness and individual character only adds to the enjoyment of your holiday. You will also benifit with knowledge that your trip is contributing to local economies, and supporting local family run businesses.

You will be welcomed in a double or twin room (2 beds) – based on double occupancy.
All of our rooms have private bathrooms.
Individual rooms are possible upon request when you book; they are subject to availability and incur a supplemental fee.
For biking trips, all of our inns have a safe place to keep bicycles for the night

Getting to Walking Grazalema National Park Spain

 

Closest airports are Granada and Malaga.

We can arrange private transfers or provide public transport options.

Flights are not included in the price. Adventure Holidays do not book flights. We will  advise you on best times, dates and airfares to book.

From Price pp

€600

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