Walking routes close to Ronda

Routes from hotel Molino 4 Paradas

As the home base of the author, many of the routes start from the Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas or closeby - e.g. the station at Benaojan.  These offer a  variety of routes within the valley of the river Guadiaro as well as ascents of peaks in the rugged Sierra de Libar. They are some of the more accessible routes in the area - being a short drive from Ronda or can be accessed by train to the villages of Benaojan, Jimera de Libar and Cortes de la Frontera.

 

Montejaque and Hundidero Circuit

11 Kms, 500m ascent (600m including descent to Hundidero cave)

The starting point is 5 kms along the road towards Ronda from the station at Benaojan. Look out for a bridge over the river followed by a sharp bend to the right. On the bend,  turn sharp left following a track back towards the river and  railway line. Park shortly before reaching the railway.

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Hotel  Molino Cuatro Paradas – Montejaque Circuit, via ridge path

 

A route of about 3 hours, 12 kms and 500m of ascent.

A route taking in the villages of Montejaque and Benaojan which goes up over the ridge separating these villages from the Guadiaro valley. It offers fine views over the villages and across to Ronda. The ridge path is not well-walked and can be a bit overgrown - long trousers advised!

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Hotel –Montejaque Circuit, via La Indiana.

An easy route, about 15 kms, 500m ascent.

An easy to follow route that you can start at Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas or equally from the station at Benaojan or from the Cueva del Gato. It follows the Guadiaro river upstream for 5 kms before crossing the ridge to Montejaque, where there are fine views over the village and up the Libar valley. It returns via Benaojan and the Cueva del Gato.

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Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas to Estacion Jimera de Libar

9 kms, 150m ascent, Grade 1-2

A popular and easy route with no turnoffs - it is impossible to get lost!  The starting point can be either the station at Benaojan or Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas.

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Hotel –Hundidero-Montejaque-Benaojan Circuit

17 kms, 500m ascent (600 including descent to Hundidero cave), grade 2/3

An easy if longish circuit taking in both ends of the Hundidero-Gato cave system. The entrance to the cave system (Hundidero) is a spectacular setting and it is interesting to view the dams built in the 1920s in a failed attempt to create a resevoir.

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CUEVA DEL GATO – BENAOJAN CIRCUIT

6 kms, 200m ascent, Grade 1/2

A short walk (about 2 hours) which takes in the Cueva del Gato (a good swimming spot in summer), a short climb to the ridge over El Acebuche, with views of Montejaque and Benaojan, followed by a walk through the village of Benaojan, returning via Estacion Benaojan. The starting point could be Estacion Benaojan or Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas.

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VENTANA from BENAOJAN VILLAGE.


11 Kms, 1000m ascent, Grade 3

An ascent of Ventana (1298m) one of the peaks in the Sierra de Libar range. Whilst not being the highest peak in the range it is probably the finest viewpoint and is more accessible than others. The starting point can be Benaojan village, Estacion Benaojan (Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas) or the viewpoint (mirador) on the road from Benaojan to Jimera de Libar.

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Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas - Ventana-Montejaque-Cueva Gato- Hotel

Distance 18 km, Ascent 1000m, Grade 3

A longish and tough walk, taking in the summit of Ventana (1298m) and the village of Montejaque - which offers some good options for tapas or a longer lunch break. The starting point can be either Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas or Estacion Benaojan.

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Estacion Benaojan - Ronda Circuit

19.5 kms, 700m ascent, grade 3

A circular route of approximately 20 km. taking you to and from the centre of Ronda, starting from Estacion Benaojan or Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas. You can, of course, just walk in one direction and take the train or taxi to return.

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Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas – Cueva de La Pileta

5.5 kms, one way (11 kms there and back)  250m ascent

A short walk (about one and half hours each way) to the Cueva de la Pileta - a cave well known for its prehistoric paintings. Tours of the cave are available every day between 10 am and 1 pm and again between 4 pm and 6 pm, always on the hour. The starting point can be either Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas or Estacion Benaojan.

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Circuit via Torre del Morro

6.5 kms, 500m ascent

A short circuit - good for an evening walk - which takes us past the ruins of the Moorish tower. It also goes over a small ridge affording excellent views across the Guadiaro valley to Benaojan and Montejaque. The starting point can be either Estacion Benaojan or Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas.

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Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas - Ventana - Montejaque - Hundidero - La Indiana - Cueva del Gato

25 kms, 1100m ascent, Grade 3/4

If you are looking for a hard days walk taking in most of the sights around Benaojan and Montejaque, this could be for you. It takes in the summit of Ventana (1298m), the caves of the Hundidero and Cueva del gato and the village of Montejaque. The starting point can be either Estacion Benaojan or Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas, or indeed Montejaque.

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BENAOJAN – PILARES DE TUNIO

17 kms, 1100m ascent, some rough ground, grade 3/4

The ridge of the Sierra de Libar makes for some fine, if rarely ventured, walking. The ground is rocky and the paths are a bit vague and difficult to follow, but you will rewarded with some superb views. This route takes you up an along the ridge as far as the Pilares de Tunio (1330m) - a spectacular rock pilar which you can scramble up. The route described is a figure of eight with an optional additional ascent, at the end, of Ventana (1298m). The starting point is the viewpoint on the Benaojan-Cortes road, 1km befote the Cueva de la Pileta.

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ESTACION BENAOJAN TO CORTES DE LA FRONTERA  VIA LIBAR VALLEY

19 kms, 800m ascent, Grade 3.

The route down the Libar valley to Cortes de la Frontera is well-known. It traditionally starts from the village of Montejaque. However the first 10kms of this route is along a driveable track and can seem a little monotonous. For this reason I much prefer this alternative - starting in Estacion Benaojan - either from the station or Hotel Molino Cuatro Paradas. This also has the added advantage that you can continue down to the station at Cortes de la Frontera and return to your starting point by train.

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