Walking routes close to Ronda

Routes in the Sierra de Grazalema

Expore the most beautiful routes in the Sierra de Grazalema, one of the finest walking areas in Andalucia.  Here we show about 15 of our favourite routes from or around Grazalema.

Some people think that you cannot walk in the Sierra de Grazalema without a permit, but it is actually only a small area for which a permit is required - to protect the rare Pinsapo trees. The routes which are shown as needing permits are those where access is limited to a certain number of people or seasons of the year. To obtain a permit it is necessary to visit the offices of the Parque Natural in El Bosque, or call them on 956 72 70 29 to make alternative arrangements to obtain it.

 

Zahara de la Sierra to Benamahona

 

18 kms, One way, 750m ascent, Grade 2/3

A  fairly easy route of some 18 kms, much of it  along tracks, but with a total  ascent  of around 750m. It can be combined with the routes from Grazalema to Benamahona and Grazalema to Zahara to make an excellent 3 day circuit.

The route starts on the road heading up into the village of Zahara de la Sierra. To find the starting point from the reservoir, junction of the Ronda and Algodonales roads,  head up towards Zahara and turn sharp right where there are signs to various points of interest in the village. We pass a viewpoint area and parking on our right and just after, our route starts at a left hand bend with a no entry sign on one of the roads continuing up the hill.

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La Garganta Verde

6 kms (there and back), 300 m ascent.

This is one of the routes in the Sierra de Grazalema which requires a permit from the park authorities in El Bosque (tel 956 727 029) Given that it is a short route (5 kms there and back) this may seem not worth the effort, but the gorge is quite spectacular and is the nesting place of a large colony of griffon vultures, so you are guaranteed a memorable aerial display from these birds.

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Villaluenga – Fardela circuit

Distance 11.5 Kms, ascent 800m, Grade 2/3

The area to the south of Grazalema and between the villages of Villaluenga del Rorario and Benaocaz offers some of the finest walking  in the area. However many of the routes are one-way and circular routes linking the villages make for a long day excursion. This is an attractive shorter circular route which overcomes some of these problems, albeit with still a fair amount of ascents.

We start at the recreational area on the road from Grazalema to Villaluenga, about 1 km. before the latter .

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Grazalema-Villaluenga, via Navazos altos

Grade 2/3, 12.5 kms, 650m ascent.

A popular route linking the villages of Grazalema and Villaluenga del Rosario. Note that the final descent into Villaluenga is steep and precipitous in parts - a good head for heights required! It begins at  the parking area by the  campground above Grazalema .

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Grazalema to Zahara de la Sierra via Monte Prieto

16 kms, 700m ascent.


This is a variant on the ´normal´route from Grazalema to Zahara which skirts around the eastern and northern slopes of the Monte Prieto range. This takes us more directly over the ridge  - being rewarded for our efforts by fine views both to the south (over the Gaidovar valley and the peaks of Simancon and Reloj) and, after crossing the ridge, to the north over the lake of Zahara and the Peñon de Gastor.

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Villaluenga – Grazalema, via Reloj

11 Kms, ascent 900m, Grade 3

A fine route from the Area Recreativa, outside Villaluenga to Grazalema, via the summits of Reloj and Simancon. Note that the sections between these two summits is steep and rocky. The starting point is the recreational area on the road from Grazalema to Villaluenga, about 1 km. before the latter.

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VILLALUENGA DEL ROSARIO – NAVAZO ALTO

7 kms, 650m ascent, Grade 3

A short, but steep circular  route from the village of Villaluenga del Rosario to the summit of Navazo Alto (1397m). The starting point is the carpark on the main road in Villaluenga.Start at the carpark on the main road in Villaluenga.

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Grazalema-Simancon-Endrinal Circuit

15kms, 900m ascent, Grade 3,

A good circular route which takes you over the summit of Simancon - a fine viewpoint and returns by the charming Endrinal path. The descent from Simancon is rough and stony. The route begins at the parking area by the  campground above Grazalema (pt 219).

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BENAOCAZ – NAVAZO ALTO CIRCUIT

9 kms, 550m ascent, Grade 3 (on account of some steep ascents)


The villages at the southern edge of the Sierra de Grazalema park, Villaluenga del Rosario and Benaocaz, are amongst the most attractive of all the white villages. Between them lies the peak of Navazo Alto (1397m) and this small area offers some of the finest walking in the Sierra de Grazalema. There are half day circular walks over the ridge of Navazo Alto from either Villaluenga del Rosario or Benaocaz, the latter being the route described here. These can be combined if you wish to make a full day circuit between these two villages, this being quite a strenuous day – involving the ascent of the ridge in each direction. Alternatively, if you can co-ordinate transport you can simply walk one way  between the two villages..

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Grazalema- Simancon-Reloj Circuit.

11 kms, 750m ascent, Grade 3

One of the best high level routes from Grazalema - taking you to the twin summits of Simancon and Reloj - both of which are spectacular viewpoints. The section between the two summits is steep and rocky and requires a bit of scrambling. The route begins at the parking area by the  campground above Grazalema (pt 219).

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PUERTO DE BOYAR- BENAOCAZ CIRCUIT


Distance
To Benaocaz      : 9.5 kms
Return via Salto del Cabrero    : 8.5 kms
Total      : 18.0 kms

Ascent
ToBenaocaz      : 300 m
Return        : 500 m
Total      : 800 m

This is one of the finest days walks in the Grazalema area. It takes you to the charming village of Benaocaz where are several lunching options. The starting point is the parking area at the Puerto de Boyar (#172), some 2-3 kms. past  Grazalema on the road to El Bosque. Look out for a sign for  a  merendero  (picnic spot) on the road side. The merendero itself is a strange stone structure open at the first floor level.

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Grazalema-Benaocaz,, via Endrinal and Navazas de Cao

Grade 3, 14.5 kms, 650m ascent.

If you wish to walk from Grazalema itself (i.e. not from the Puerto de Boyar) to Benaocaz this is an excellent route. It follows the Endrinal path skirting the summit of Reloj, then drops down to a delightful hidden valley above Villaluenga before crossing a ridge and dropping down to Benaocaz. There is a bus back to Grazalema at around 3.30 in the afternoon.

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Peñon Grande Circuit

 

7 kms, 350m ascent.

A short walk but which gives an excellent introduction to the  walking area to the south of Grazalema. There are superb views back down over Grazalema and of the peaks of Simancon and Reloj.

The starting point is the parking/campground just above the village of Grazalema .

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GRAZALEMA- FARDELA – ENDRINAL CIRCUIT

16.5 kms, 100m ascent, Grade 3

A nice days circular walk in one of the best walking areas - to the south of Grazalema. The walk avoids the higgest summits but still accumulates plenty of ascent and descent. The starting point is the parking/campground just above the village of Grazalema (#219).

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Grazalema – Benamahona (Pinsapar Route)

12.0 km (one way) , 350 m ascent.

 

This is one of the routes in the Sierra de Grazalema which requires a permit from the park authorities in El Bosque (tel 956 727 029) It is perhaps the best known route in the Sierra de Grazalema on account of the opportunity to see one of the best examples of a Pinsapo forest and for the spectacular views of the surrounding sierras. The fact that the route is one way may present transport logistical problems though it is possible to get a taxi back from Benamahona (ask in any bar there for a number) and there is one bus at about 3.30 p.m The alternative is to walk back, but be advised that the ascent on the return leg is about 850m.

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