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Ronda & the Grazalema Sierra

The famous 'white towns' of Andalucia
This self-guided, two-centre break offers rewarding walking in the Grazalema Natural Park as well as the chance to explore the atmospheric city of Ronda. Savour traditional Andalucian tapas, encounter a wide variety of flora and fauna and stay in two excellent hotels.
Ronda & the Grazalema Sierra. 4 nights
Ronda & the Grazalema Sierra. 4 nights

Holiday information


A walking holiday in Andalucia

You begin in what is arguably the most famous – and certainly most dramatically located – pueblo blanco of them all, Ronda. It is the epitome of the region's white towns, precariously straddling the deep sandstone Tajo Gorge. Enjoy exploring its historic, orange-scented streets and pretty whitewashed buildings, whose intricate gardens evoke the city's Moorish past.
Located in the heart of the Grazalema Natural Park, the pretty, white town of Grazalema, where you spend your final two nights, makes a perfect base from which to explore on foot. The craggy limestone peaks surrounding the town hide surprisingly green valleys and gullies, which in turn are home to a wide array of flowers and birds, including Bonelli’s eagles and griffon vultures. Here, you will find inviting trails winding up through a rugged landscape cloaked in the remains of ancient oak forests, with neighbouring white towns and villages glistening on the slopes in the brilliant Andalucian sun.

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The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    Spring flowers start to appear in February, although the best time is mid-April to mid-May. In March, the flowering gorse bushes provide a yellow carpet on the slopes.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 11 11 14 16 20 24 29 29 25 19 14 11
    mm 111 102 83 76 52 33 13 13 32 79 128 124
  • Arrival in Ronda
    Night 1: at Hotel San Gabriel (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Ronda
    We thoroughly recommend spending the day exploring this fascinating town. With the aid of our self-guided town trail, visit the ancient bullring, the dramatic bridge over the gorge, the attractive old town and the lively shopping district (including many shops selling handmade leather goods).
    Exploring Ronda
  • Transfer to Grazalema & choice of walks: 9.5km to 13km
    Today, you are transferred to the pretty village of Grazalema, where you stay at La Mejorana for two nights. It's only a 30-minute taxi ride, so there is plenty of time to wander round the village before lunch, after which you can relax or head out on foot, choosing from our four options below:

    Linear walk to Benaocaz via Dornajo (grade 2): 11km, 4.5hrs; ascent 515m/descent 540m
    This is one of the classic walks from Grazalema. It is a beautiful route over the ridge of the Sierra del Endrinal to the ruined Dornajo farmhouse, which stands in a secluded valley amidst poplars and tiny streams. From the farmhouse, you continue to follow the valley to the whitewashed village of Benaocaz, entering via the deserted, centuries-old Moorish quarter. There's time for a drink in one of the village bars before returning to Grazalema by bus.

    Circular walk via Dornajo (grade 2): 12km, 4.5hrs; ascent/descent 640m
    This route also leads from Grazalema to the ruined Dornajo farmhouse, but the return leg takes a different path: down through a valley that lies below the peak of the Peñon Grande.

    Circular 'two valleys' walk (grade 2): 13km, 5hrs; ascent/descent 620m
    On this second lovely walk, you explore two parallel valleys, where ruined farms, overgrown threshing floors, hand-hewn troughs and collapsed stone walls evidence a time when the people herded their animals, made cheese and charcoal, sheered wool and grew vegetables then took it all by donkey to the market in Grazalema along the same paths you will walk today.

    Out-and-back walk via Simancón (grade 2-3): 9.5km, 4.5hrs; ascent/descent 810m
    A final option is to climb Simancón. The Sierra of Grazalema is dominated by three main peaks, the Torreón at 1654 metres and the twin peaks of Simancón and Reloj at 1569 and 1535 metres respectively. This route gives you the chance to 'bag a peak' without a great amount of effort and be rewarded by wonderful all-round views – plus the chance to see Ibex.
    The town of Grazalema
    Linear walk to Benaocaz via Dornajo: 11km
    Circular walk via Dornajo: 12km
    Circular 'two valleys' walk: 13km
    Out-and-back walk via Simancón: 9.5km


You stay in two authentic pueblos blancos (white towns and villages). Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you.
Whichever hotel you stay in, we recommend an extra night in Ronda to further explore the town, and in Grazalema to take advantage of the many walking possibilities in the area.

Extend your stay

Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 01 February 2021 - 30 June 2021, 07 September 2021 - 30 November 2021, 01 February 2022 - 30 June 2022 & 07 September 2022 - 30 November 2022

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 24 Feb 2021 £380 £135
    25 Feb - 28 Mar 2021 £395 £140
    29 Mar - 4 Apr 2021 £475 £215
    5 Apr - 26 Jun 2021 £425 £160
    7 - 13 Sep 2021 £495 £240
    14 Sep - 31 Oct 2021 £460 £185
    1 - 26 Nov 2021 £425 £165
    1 - 24 Feb 2022 £395 £145
    25 Feb - 28 Mar 2022 £420 £150
    29 Mar - 4 Apr 2022 £495 £230
    5 Apr - 26 Jun 2022 £450 £170
    7 - 13 Sep 2022 £520 £255
    14 Sep - 31 Oct 2022 £485 £195
    1 - 26 Nov 2022 £450 £175
    3rd & 4th person discount -£35
    Single traveller supplement £35

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: taxi from Ronda to Grazalema on Day 2 and taxi from Grazalema to Ronda at the end of the holiday (see Connecting Travel section for more details)

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel San Gabriel, Ronda
    Honeymoon suite: 01 Feb - 29 Mar 2021 £50
    Honeymoon suite: 30 Mar - 04 Apr 2021 £75
    Honeymoon suite: 05 Apr - 30 Jun 2021 £50
    Honeymoon suite: 07 Sep - 13 Sep 2021 £75
    Honeymoon suite: 14 Sep - 30 Nov 2021 £50
    Honeymoon suite: 01 Feb - 11 Apr 2022 £54
    Honeymoon suite: 12 Apr - 17 Apr 2022 £80
    Honeymoon suite: 18 Apr - 30 Jun 2022 £54
    Honeymoon suite: 07 Sep - 13 Sep 2022 £80
    Honeymoon suite: 14 Sep - 30 Nov 2022 £54
    Junior suite: 01 Feb - 29 Mar 2021 £38
    Junior suite: 30 Mar - 04 Apr 2021 £50
    Junior suite: 05 Apr - 30 Jun 2021 £38
    Junior suite: 07 Sep - 13 Sep 2021 £50
    Junior suite: 14 Sep - 30 Nov 2021 £38
    Junior suite: 01 Feb - 11 Apr 2022 £40
    Junior suite: 12 Apr - 17 Apr 2022 £53
    Junior suite: 18 Apr - 30 Jun 2022 £40
    Junior suite: 07 Sep - 13 Sep 2022 £53
    Junior suite: 14 Sep - 30 Nov 2022 £40
    Superior: 01 Feb - 29 Mar 2021 £10
    Superior: 30 Mar - 04 Apr 2021 £15
    Superior: 05 Apr - 30 Jun 2021 £10
    Superior: 07 Sep - 13 Sep 2021 £15
    Superior: 14 Sep - 30 Nov 2021 £10
    Superior: 01 Feb - 11 Apr 2022 £10
    Superior: 12 Apr - 17 Apr 2022 £16
    Superior: 18 Apr - 30 Jun 2022 £10
    Superior: 07 Sep - 13 Sep 2022 £16
    Superior: 14 Sep - 30 Nov 2022 £10

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel San Gabriel, Ronda (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Feb - 25 Feb 2021 £45 £82
    26 Feb - 01 Mar 2021 £55 £100
    02 Mar - 29 Mar 2021 £45 £82
    30 Mar - 04 Apr 2021 £75 £145
    05 Apr - 30 Jun 2021 £55 £100
    07 Sep - 13 Sep 2021 £80 £160
    14 Sep - 08 Oct 2021 £55 £110
    09 Oct - 11 Oct 2021 £80 £160
    12 Oct - 29 Oct 2021 £55 £110
    30 Oct - 31 Oct 2021 £75 £150
    01 Nov - 30 Nov 2021 £45 £90
    01 Feb - 25 Feb 2022 £48 £88
    26 Feb - 01 Mar 2022 £58 £106
    02 Mar - 31 Mar 2022 £48 £88
    01 Apr - 13 Apr 2022 £53 £106
    14 Apr - 16 Apr 2022 £80 £160
    17 Apr - 07 May 2022 £53 £106
    08 May - 09 May 2022 £80 £160
    10 May - 30 Jun 2022 £63 £126
    07 Sep - 13 Sep 2022 £84 £168
    14 Sep - 31 Oct 2022 £63 £126
    01 Nov - 30 Nov 2022 £45 £90
    La Mejorana, Grazalema (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Feb - 30 Jun 2021 £45 £68
    07 Sep - 30 Nov 2021 £45 £68
    01 Feb - 30 Jun 2022 £50 £74
    07 Sep - 30 Nov 2022 £50 £74
    Málaga or Seville
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Málaga or Madrid. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Malaga Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Malaga Aer Lingus,  easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Malaga Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Malaga easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Bristol - Seville Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Malaga TUI,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Malaga TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Nottingham East Midlands - Seville Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Seville easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow Prestwick - Malaga Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Inverness - Seville (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Leeds Bradford - Seville (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Malaga easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Malaga British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Malaga British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Gatwick - Seville British Airways,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Malaga British Airways 
    Heathrow - Seville (via Madrid) Iberia 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Malaga easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Luton - Seville easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Malaga easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Malaga British Airways,  easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair 
    Stansted - Seville Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Manchester - Seville Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Málaga or Madrid. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above except those operated by Ryanair. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Málaga

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    coach Málaga to Ronda (2h30) pay locally 1700
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Ronda (1h), coach Ronda to Málaga (2h45) taxi included; pay locally for coach 1245

    Connecting travel options - flying via Seville

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    coach Seville to Ronda (2h45) pay locally 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Ronda (1h), coach Ronda to Seville (2h45) taxi included; pay locally for coach 1500
What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 2 dinners
    4 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • return taxi between Ronda and Grazalema

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If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety, not least taking tests before and after your holiday for many destinations.
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  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines (but not, currently, with Ryanair). As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi and Lizzie to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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