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Guidebook to walking in the mountains of Ronda and Grazalema in Andalucía, southern Spain. The 32 graded routes range from 4 to 16km and explore the Natural Parks of Grazalema and La Sierra de las Nieves, the 'Pueblos Blancos' (White Villages) perched high in the mountains, and the Genal and Guadiaro river valleys.
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The dramatically situated town of Ronda can make a great base for a walking holiday in the mountains of Andalucía, as can any one of the picturesque 'pueblos blancos' (white villages) that nestle among the surrounding hills. This guidebook presents 32 mainly circular walks in the Ronda region, covering the town and its environs, the Natural Parks of La Sierra de Grazalema and La Sierra de las Nieves (both UNESCO biosphere reserves), and the Genal and Guadiaro Valleys. Ranging from 3.5 to 16.5km (2–10 miles), many walks are graded easy or moderate and nearly all can be done from mid-September through to mid-June, thanks to the area's comparatively mild winters.
Clear route description is illustrated with mapping, and the route summary table and 'at a glance' information boxes make it easy to choose the right walk. In addition to practical information on transport and bases, the introduction offers an overview of Andalucían plants and wildlife, geology and history, and the routes themselves include notes on points of interest, from trees to chapels and from summits to local traditions. Useful contacts, accommodation listings and a short Spanish-English glossary can be found in the appendices.
While Ronda itself is famed for its striking gorge and Moorish architecture, the surrounding countryside boasts magnificent scenery at every turn. With dramatic limestone peaks, fertile river valleys and ancient groves of almonds and olives, the natural beauty of Ronda and Grazalema won't fail to impress.
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|The three regions|
|Plants and wildlife|
|Andalucían historical overview|
|When to go|
|Getting there and getting around|
|Eating out in southern Spain|
|Phones and wi-fi|
|What to take|
|Using this guide|
|Ronda and the Sierra de las Nieves|
|Walk 1 Puerto de Caucón circuit via El Tajo de la Caina|
|Walk 2 El Peñon de los Enamorados circuit|
|Walk 3 Los Sauces circuit via La Cueva del Agua|
|Walk 4 El Burgo circuit via Puerto de la Mujer|
|Walk 5 La Torrecilla circuit via Puerto de los Pilones|
|Walk 6 Ronda Gorge circuit|
|Walk 7 Ronda to the Tajo del Abanico and the Virgen de la Cabeza chapel|
|Walk 8 Ronda Old Town historical circuit|
|The Genal and Guadiaro Valleys|
|Walk 9 Cartajima eastern circuit via Parauta and Igualeja|
|Walk 10 Cartajima southern circuit via Pujerra and Júzcar|
|Walk 11 Alpandeire circuit|
|Walk 12 Estación de Benaoján to Estación de Jimera de Líbar|
|Walk 13 Estación de Benaoján to La Cueva de la Pileta|
|Walk 14 Estación de Jimera circuit|
|Walk 15 Cortes de la Frontera circuit via Los Pinos|
|Walk 16 Cortes de la Frontera southern circuit|
|Walk 17 Benarrabá circuit via Genalguacíl|
|Walk 18 Gaucín circuit|
|Walk 19 Montejaque circuit|
|The Sierra de Grazalema|
|Walk 20 Grazalema northern circuit|
|Walk 21 Grazalema southern circuit|
|Walk 22 Grazalema to Benaocáz|
|Walk 23 The Pinsapar of Grazalema|
|Walk 24 Puerto de las Palomas circuit via the Coros peak|
|Walk 25 Villaluenga circuit via Navazo Alto and Bajo|
|Walk 26 Ascent of El Torreón|
|Walk 27 El Gastor circuit via Lagarín and Las Grajas|
|Walk 28 El Gastor circuit via Huerta Lagarín|
|Walk 29 The Garganta Verde|
|Walk 30 Algodonales circuit via El Canalizo|
|Walk 31 Zahara de la Sierra circuit|
|Walk 32 Benamahoma circuit|
|Appendix A Route summary table|
|Appendix B Useful contacts|
|Appendix C Accommodation|
|Appendix D Glossary|
|Appendix E Further reading|