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Pueblos Blancos &
the Caminito del Rey

Self-guided walking holiday - Self Drive

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The famed white towns and villages around Ronda and Grazalema have long been a destination for discerning travellers.The rolling contryside of Serrania de Ronda and the majestic mountains of the Sierras de Grazalema are rich in plant and birdlife and offer great opportunities for walking.
This self drive holiday follows a similar itinerary to the Route of the Pueblos Blancos self guided holiday plus the opportunity to walk the spectacular and recently re-opened Caminito del Rey. Once regarded as one of the most dangerous walks in the world it is been transformed and has now been rated by Lonely Planet as one of the 'must do' experiences of Andalucia. 


The first two nights are spent in Ronda, a 90 minute drive from Malaga airport. The followng two nights are spent in Montejaque, the next two nights in Grazalema and the last night in Guadalhorce parque natural, the 'lake district' of Andalucia. The drive from Grazalema to the lakes takes around 90 minutes and the Caminito is walked in the afternoon. Overnight accommodation is in a delightful hotel close to the north access of the gorge. This location leaves an easy 60 minute drive back to Malaga airport to end the adventure.


Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival day 
The route begins in Ronda, a 90 minute drive from Malaga airport. Accommodation for the first two nights is in the historic centre of this evocative and much visited town. The small family run hotel is situated in a quiet street close to the bullring and famous bridge. The hotel has much character and a very popular restaurant which will provide your welcome meal. Depending on arrival time, it is perfectly situated to have a short stroll and first look at the town, either before or after dinner.

Day 2 - Ronda town and country walk
The first part of the walk takes in some of the historical sites in Ronda before leaving through the south gate of the town. The route then follows part of the old postal (correos) path to Montejaque before returning into the north of the town. It is easy walking with great views of the famous bridge and onwards towards the towering peaks of Sierras de Grazalema and the pretty village of Montejaque, the destination for the following day. Walking time, up to 5 hours

Day 3 - To Montejaque and Jimera de Libar
The first part of the day is an easy 20 minute drive to Montejaque where you stay for two nights. The walk to Jimera begins at Benaojan station at the bottom of the valley. The walking path along Rio Guadiaro is easy walking, and shares the valley with ' Mr Hendersons' famous railway line. Longer options for the walk climb up to the village of Jimera. Shorter options leave time for a late lunch at an exceptional restaurant by the station in Jimera. All options return to Benaojan station for return to Benaojan by train. Walking time up to 4 hours

Day 4 - Montejaque Circuit
Longer option walks begin with with a steady climb to the entrance of the wide and fertile Valle de Libar. From this beautiful 'hidden valley' there is a gentle ascent up to an ancient and remote pass though the Sierras de Benoajan. Once through the pass, the descent to Benaojan pueblo has spectacular montain views before the final stretch of the walk up to Montejaque. Shorter options for the walk are also circular but involve less climbing and perhaps time for a late lunch and a swim in season. Walking time up to 5 hours

Day 5 - To Grazalema and Puerto Palomas
In the morning a short drive to Grazalema, a lovely small town where you stay for two nights. The hotel is larger than the Spanish Steps ' norm' but the staff are friendly and the outlook, gardens and swimming pool make it an easy choice. NOrmally a rest day but we do offer an afternoon walk that is short in distance with stunning scenery and great vantage points for raptor watching. After a short drive, walking time is no longer than two hours but you are likely to spend a lot longer if the eagles and other raptors are on the wing. Walking time 2 hours

Day 6 Grazalema to Benaocaz 
The walk starts with a steady climb out of the village to the pass of Puerto del Boyer. The path then climbs more steeply to Puerto de las Presillas. Shorter options return on a circular route back to Grazalema in time for a late lunch. Longer options take a higher level more southerly route to Benaocaz and ends through the ancient Moorish area of the village. Time for drinks in the plaza and return to Grazalema by local bus. Walking time up to 5 hours

Day 7 - The Lakes and Caminito del Rey
In the morning, an easy and scenic 90 minute drive from Grazalema to the Posada del Conde in the centre of the Parque Natural de Guadalhorce. Apart for being very comfortable, the hotel is superbly located in this beautiful area, close to El Chorro Gorge and access to the Caminito del Rey. Once notoriously dangerous, this walk is now suitable for all but the most faint hearted and is rated as one of Spain’s most spectacular walking trails. Afternoon entrance tickets to the linear trail, and transfers back to the start, are included in the holiday provisions. Walking time up to 3 hours

Day 8 - Departure Day
The Posada del Conde is less than an hours easy drive to Malaga airport for onward travel by air, road or rail.

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What we include-
7 nights accommodation in double/twin bedded rooms

* Two nights in Ronda,
* Two nights in Montejaque
* Two nights in Grazalema
* One night in Guadalhorce Parque Natural.
* Breakfasts (Except in self catering Casitas Montejaque)
* Welcome meal with wine.
* Entrance to El Choro gorge and Camito del Rey plus return transfers.
* Six  individually prepared walk descriptions with maps plus local information. restaurant guides etc.
* Seven  day self-drive hire car from Malaga airport for airport transfers, transport beteen locations and recreation

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