The Bandolero Route - a hiking week through secret Andalusia in spring
  • The Bandolero Route - a hiking week through secret Andalusia in spring

    Guided hiking tour through Andalusias unknown Hinterland. For relatively fit walkers. 

    The best way to get to know the real beauty of Andalusia.

    Walking through white villages, cork forests, deep gorges, over mountain ranges with bizarre rock formations, plateaus with cows and sheep, who remember the alpine meadows in spring and back down into the valley of the Guadiaro river, following the railway line that connects Ronda with the seaport of Algeciras. The ultimate goal of the walk is the emblematic city of Ronda, with the impressive Tajo Gorge and a visit to the Bandolero museum. 

    Walking in small group of maximum 8 walkers, plus 1 guide.

    Acomodation in very comfortable Hotels in the villages we pass on this tour.  

    Daily about 5 to 7 hours of walking, approx. between 14 and 16 km

    Luggage transport.

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Transfer from the Costa del Sol to the starting point, accommodation at the village

    Pass By: Marbella Old Town, Plaza los Naranjos S/N, 29601, Marbella Spain
    We start our tour from Marbella

    Pass By: Casares Castle, Calle del Arrabal 53, 29690 Casares Spain
    We pass the beautiful white village Casares on our way

    Pass By: El Hacho, Gaucin Spain
    Gaucín is considered "the Balcony of the Ronda mountains" , with a view over the strait of Gibraltar to Africa and the Ronda Mountains

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: A charming family run Hotel within an orange grove on the river banks. Home grown organic food, Spa with Sauna, Jacuzzi

    Day 2: Along the amazing Vulture Gorge, we walk to the village of Cortes

    Pass By: Las Buitreras, Calle Pista Forestal, 67, 29490 Cortes de la Frontera, Málaga, Spain
    The route starts gently along the river and leads along an impressive gorge, where we may see the first examples of the huge vultures that the canyon is named after, and cross the gorge over an old stone bridge. At the end of the route, we reach a little village, at the train station of Cortes de la Frontera, called Cañada del Real Tesoro, nestled between the Grazalema Natural Park and the Cork-forest. From there we take the train back to El Colmenar and stay at the same Hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

    Walking time: 5 hours, 14,5 km Elevations: ↑683m, ↓530m

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Charming country hotel

    Day 3: Our route takes us from Cortes over the beautiful "LIBAR PLANES" to Villaluenga del Rosario

    Stop At: Calle Prados, 29380 Cortes de la Frontera, Málaga, Spain
    Day 3 -2nd leg: from Cortes de la Frontera to Villaluenga del Rosario

    The steep climb this day tour starts with, will be rewarded by spectacular views. You look down over the coast to the Rock of Gibraltar and across to Africa. From here you can also use the peaks of the Sierra Bermeja (Arabic for red mountain) to view the villages of Cortes de la Frontera, Gaucin and Jimena de la Frontera. The two plateaus which you cross, surrounded by mountains, are reminiscent of meadows in the Alps. Just before you reach the pretty little village of Villaluenga, you can see the remains of an ancient Roman bridge. Accommodation and dinner in a nice 2-star hotel in the village.

    Walking time: 6 hours, 16,5 km, Elevations: ↑1065m, ↓532m
    Duration: 6 hours

    Stop At: Queso Payoyo, S.L., Calle de La Ermita 14, 11611 Villaluenga del Rosario, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park Spain
    Villaluenga is famous for it's great goat cheese, we can visit the cheese factory
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Puente Villaluenga, Calle Puente, 7, 09512, Burgos, Spain
    A Roman bridge

    Stop At: Cementerio de Villaluenga del Rosario, Calle de la Torre 8, 11611 Villaluenga del Rosario, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park Spain
    Built into the ruins of a church, it is on of the most bazar places
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Lovely small Hotel in the Village.

    Day 4: From Villaluenga to the charming mountain town Grazalema, famous amongst hikers for it's stunning surroundings

    Stop At: Oficina Municipal de Turismo de Grazalema, Plaza Asomaderos 3, 11610 Grazalema, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park Spain
    Day 4 -3rd leg: from Villaluenga to Grazalema

    Another spectacular hike that takes you across the rugged cliffs of the Grazalema mountains, with their bizarre rock formations that are an ideal retreat for mountain goats and other animals. The route takes you very close to the top of the mountain Reloj (clock), over and back down to Grazalema. Here you will meet more hikers, as there are many hiking routes starting from Grazalema.

    Accommodation and dinner in a 4 * hotel in the village.

    Walking time: 5 hours, 14,3 km, Elevations: ↑717m, ↓740m
    Duration: 5 hours

    Stop At: Artesania textil de Grazalema, Calle Ronda S/N A la Entrada Del Pueblo, Primera a la Derecha Pasando la Gasolinera, 11610 Grazalema, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park Spain
    Hand woven textil from Merino sheep wool.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, Calle Empedrada, 54, 11610 Grazalema, Cádiz, Spain
    Typical street of Grazalema

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: 4 star Hotel in village center

    Day 5: From Grazalema to Montejaque and Benaoján, passing over an old roman way

    Stop At: Mirador de Grazalema, 11610 Grazalema, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park Spain
    Day 5 -4th leg: from Grazalema to Benaojan

    You leave from Grazalema on an old Roman road. A long, but varied and equally attractive route awaits you. Over several ridges and valleys you walk again to a hight of over 1000 metres and from there you can catch the first glimpse of the city of Ronda. The path leads down to the railway

    station of Benaoján.

    We finish the route of the day near the Pileta Cave (Pick up), and will start from there tomorrow morning.

    Accommodation and dinner in an old mill, right on the river Guadiaro, that has been converted to a very comfortable "Hotel with Charm".

    Walking time: 6-7 hours 17,6 km, Elevations: ↑572m, ↓967m
    Duration: 7 hours

    Pass By: Montejaque, Calle Juan José de Puya, 12, 29400 Ronda, Málaga, Spain
    one of the most charming villages of Andalusia

    Stop At: Cueva del Gato, Parque Natural de la Sierra de Grazalema, Benaojan Spain
    a huge cave with a river coming out, building a small lake below, where the crave can have a very cold dip, it's a stunning place.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: charming country hotel

    Day 6: Visiting the amazing prehistorical Cave La Pileta and walk from Benaoján to Ronda,

    Stop At: Benaojan Town Hall, Plaza San Marcos, 1, 29370 Benaojan, Málaga, Málaga, Spain
    On the morning of our last hiking day, we take the time before hiking to Ronda, to visit the cave "Pileta", with paleolithic cave paintings (tranfer to Cave included).

    This last hike of your week takes you through meadows and forests to Ronda, the Bandolero Museum and the Tajo gorge. Drive back to Marbella

    Walking time: 4,5 hours, 13,1 km, Elevations ↑553m, ↓287m
    Duration: 5 hours

    Stop At: Cueva de la Pileta, Carretera MA-8401, 29370 Benaojan Spain
    The most amazing cave with beautiful color cascades of minerals, stalactites and prehistorical paintings from the upper Paleolithic's.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: El Tajo de Ronda, C/ de Arminan, 29400 Ronda Spain
    The famous bridge that joins the historical old town with the new town.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Regio Andalusie, 29400 Ronda Spain
    The famous city of Ronda is absolutely a must see in Andalusia
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability"
    "No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
    "Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
    "Not wheelchair accessible"
    "Minimum age is 10 years"
    "May be operated by a multi-lingual guide"
    "Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required"
    "Availability for shows cannot be checked without making a booking. Credit cards will only be charged upon confirmation of show availability"
    "Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag. Oversized or excessive luggage (e.g. surfboards, golf clubs or bikes) may have certain restrictions, please inquire with the operator prior to travel to confirm if your excess luggage is acceptable"
    "Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately"
    "Service animals allowed"
    "Near public transportation"
    "Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
    "This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"
    "This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers"



    • Hora de Inicio5:00 PM
    • Lugar de comienzo: Traveler pickup is offered
      We pick you up at your Hotel, your home along the A7, between Manilva and Marbella
      The westernmost meeting point is the parking lot in front of the LIDL supermarket in Sabinillas, Manilva.
      The easternmost meeting point is the La Cañada shopping center on the A7, at the roundabout opposite the BP petrol station, it is safe, easy and free parking.


    • Duración: 6 days
    • Cancelaciones y devoluciones: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
  • Incluye

    • 5x Breakfast
    • 5x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 5 nights
    • 6 nights accommodation
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    • Bottled water
    • Driver/guide
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Entry/Admission - Cueva de la Pileta

    No Incluye

    • Lunch
    • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
    • Drinks
    • Food and drinks, other than the "value added offers" specified in your guidebook
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