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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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Itinerary

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: 10km to 16km
    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:

    Circular walk via Dornajo (grade 2): 13km, 4.5hrs; ascent/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 retrace your route briefly and then head back to Grazalema a different way: down through a valley that lies below the peak of the Peñon Grande.

    Circular walk via the Pinsapo Reserve (grade 2-3): 16km, 6hrs; ascent/descent 940m
    Explore a UNESCO-protected reserve* sheltering Abies pinsapo, a very rare and ancient fir, which now exists in only two other Spanish forests

    Circular 'two valleys' walk (grade 2): 14km, 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): 10km, 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 1564 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.

    *Please Note: access to the protected areas within the Natural Park is strictly controlled by entry permits of which a limited number are released each day in order to protect the unique bio-reserves. These areas are usually closed between June and mid-October and, in addition, the Natural Park authorities may also very occasionally close them at short notice during particularly dry weather to prevent the risk of fire. We provide the permits, which will be waiting at your hotel, but if, for whatever reason, permits are unavailable we provide notes for other, equally enjoyable, routes.
    The town of Grazalema
 

Accommodation

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: 07 September 2019 - 30 November 2019 & 16 February 2020 - 30 June 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    7 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £475 £165
    1 - 26 Nov 2019 £440 £155
    16 Feb - 31 Mar 2020 £395 £145
    1 - 6 Apr 2020 £415 £165
    7 - 11 Apr 2020 £465 £215
    12 Apr - 6 May 2020 £415 £165
    7 - 9 May 2020 £465 £215
    10 May - 26 Jun 2020 £415 £165
    3rd & 4th person discount -£30
    Single traveller supplement £30

    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.
    Pay locally for return bus between Málaga/Seville and Ronda (2h30 - 2h45)

    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: 07 Sep - 30 Nov 2019 £32
    Honeymoon suite: 16 Feb - 07 Apr 2020 £45
    Honeymoon suite: 08 Apr - 11 Apr 2020 £70
    Honeymoon suite: 12 Apr - 07 May 2020 £45
    Honeymoon suite: 08 May - 09 May 2020 £70
    Honeymoon suite: 10 May - 30 Jun 2020 £45
    Junior suite: 07 Sep - 30 Nov 2019 £15
    Junior suite: 16 Feb - 07 Apr 2020 £35
    Junior suite: 08 Apr - 11 Apr 2020 £45
    Junior suite: 12 Apr - 07 May 2020 £35
    Junior suite: 08 May - 09 May 2020 £45
    Junior suite: 10 May - 30 Jun 2020 £35
    Superior: 07 Sep - 30 Nov 2019 £5
    Superior: 16 Feb - 07 Apr 2020 £7
    Superior: 08 Apr - 11 Apr 2020 £15
    Superior: 12 Apr - 07 May 2020 £7
    Superior: 08 May - 09 May 2020 £15
    Superior: 10 May - 30 Jun 2020 £7

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

    Hotel San Gabriel, Ronda (B&B) Double room Single room
    07 Sep - 30 Nov 2019 £68 £118
    16 Feb - 26 Feb 2020 £44 £86
    27 Feb - 29 Feb 2020 £55 £110
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2020 £44 £86
    01 Apr - 07 Apr 2020 £50 £100
    08 Apr - 11 Apr 2020 £75 £150
    12 Apr - 07 May 2020 £50 £100
    08 May - 09 May 2020 £75 £150
    10 May - 30 Jun 2020 £60 £120
    La Mejorana, Grazalema (B&B) Double room Single room
    07 Sep - 30 Nov 2019 £44 £66
    16 Feb - 30 Jun 2020 £44 £66
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Málaga

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

What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 2 dinners
    4 breakfasts
  • return taxi between Ronda and Grazalema
  • route notes and maps
 
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FAQs

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.
  • 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.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. 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 and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 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 to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted 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.
  • 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 buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • 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 travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). 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 can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (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.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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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