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The Mountains of Ronda and Grazalema : Grazalema And La Sierra De Las Nieves Natural Parks, Genal And Guadiaro Valleys - Guy Hunter-Watts

The Mountains of Ronda and Grazalema

Grazalema And La Sierra De Las Nieves Natural Parks, Genal And Guadiaro Valleys

Paperback Published: 11th January 2018
ISBN: 9781852848927
Number Of Pages: 224

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The dramatically situated town of Ronda can make a great base for a walking holiday in the mountains of Andalucia, 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 3.5-16.5km (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 Andalucian 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.

About the Author

Guy Hunter-Watts has lived and worked in Andalucia since the 1980s. After studying at the universities of Santiago and Salamanca he taught English in South America before moving to the Ronda mountains where he has been leading guided walks for almost 30 years. His work as a walking guide and freelance journalist has taken him to many corners of the planet including India, Namibia, Tanzania, Latin America and Mongolia.

Map key

Overview map

Author's preface


The three regions

Plants and wildlife


Andalucian historical overview

When to go

Getting there and getting around


Eating out in southern Spain



Phones and wi-fi

What to take

Maps Staying safe

Using this guide

Ronda and the Sierra de las Nieves

Walk 1 Puerto de Caucon circuit via El Tajo de la Caina

Walk 2 El Penon 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 southern circuit via 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 circuit via Pujerra and Juzcar

Walk 11 Alpandeire circuit

Walk 12 Estacion de Benaojan to Estacion de Jimera de Libar

Walk 13 Estacion de Benaojan to La Cueva de la Pileta

Walk 14 Estacion de Jimera circuit

Walk 15 Cortes de la Frontera circuit via Los Pinos

Walk 16 Cortes de la Frontera southern circuit

Walk 17 Benarraba circuit via Genalguacil

Walk 18 Gaucin circuit

Walk 19 Montejaque circuit

The Sierra de Grazalema

Walk 20 Grazalema northern circuit

Walk 21 Grazalema southern circuit

Walk 22 Grazalema to Benaocaz

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 Torreon

Walk 27 El Gastor circuit via Lagarin and Las Grajas

Walk 28 El Gastor circuit via Huerta Lagarin

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

ISBN: 9781852848927
ISBN-10: 1852848928
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 11th January 2018
Publisher: Cicerone Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 11.8 x 17.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.25

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