Walking holiday in Andalucia, trails Serrania de Ronda

“Flexible week of self guided walking from a luxury hotel featuring a choice of trails (11km - 17km) accessed by hire car, included transfer or on foot.”


Cartajima | Alto Genal Valley | Ronda | Pujerra | Juzcar | Sierra de Grazalema | Zahara |

Description of Walking holiday in Andalucia, trails Serrania de Ronda

This tailor made walking holiday in Andalucía takes you over the trails of the Serrania de Ronda to help form an incredible week of walking from a luxury hotel situated in a small mountain village close to Ronda.

Flexibility and freedom form the basis of this centre-based walking holiday with a car hire included, if you'd like, to allow you to negotiate the surrounding area and start on more remote trail heads, way off the typical tourist track.

The Serrania de Ronda is perfect for self guided walking and if you prefer not to take advantage of a hire car we can also provide a pick up and drop off transfer service at no additional cost.

Your hotel boasts several walking trails right from the front door with chestnut groves and snow white painted villages presenting quintessential Andalucían scenes from the Alto Genal Valley, without the need for a car.

Included within this week-long walking itinerary are two of Andalucía’s most interesting national parks, the Sierra de las Nieves and Sierra de Grazalema, whilst other walking trails take you to the beautiful cliff-top town of Ronda where cobbled streets and open-air cafes provide ample chances to rest, relax and soak up the stunning views over the gorge.

The six separate walking trails that we suggest have been hand-picked to ensure you get to see the very best of the Serrania de Ronda region with additional advice regarding weather conditions and distances always worth heeding before setting off into the wide blue yonder.

From circular walking trails, accessed by car, to linear walks, requiring a lift to the start point, this walking holiday in Andalucía has been designed with freedom and flexibility in mind and it’s up to you to decide how much you want to do on a day to day basis.

Two sets of trip notes allow you to choose your own walking adventure with trail descriptions and lunchtime suggestions all included. To undertake this walking holiday you will need to be fairly fit to get the most out of it with surfaces taking you through farms and forests as well as several steepish ascents and descents throughout the valley – although no climbing or scrambling is required.

Walking boots are definitely recommended over trainers and certainly over sandals as much of the trails will be loose and gravelly with a few sharp stones and unearthed tree roots, worth keeping an eye out for. Things can get a bit muddy at the start of the walking season too – you have been warned!

Delicious Mediterranean dishes are served at the hotel taking the very best of Spain and Morocco to create some truly majestic meals. Wines also represent the local area with ecological vineyards from the Ronda region combining with the sherries of Jerez, always best enjoyed before an evening meal.

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Departure information

Flexible dates in March to June and mid September to November

Responsible tourism

Walking holiday in Andalucia, trails Serrania de Ronda

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


Our purchases are all made within a 20 km radius of the village except for a few specialist items but less and less of the things we need are sourced outside our local area preferring Andalucian products and services. We strive to keep our environmental impact as low as it can be whilst retaining the level of luxury that our guests demand.

Some of our projects have been culturally unacceptable such as composting. I tried to rent a little bit of land outside the village where we could make compost but the people are frightened of the idea, believing that it will attract unwanted vermin and others (wild boar perhaps!) apart from that failure I believe we have put in place over the years many energy and resource saving systems - no disposables, low energy lighting, solar panels, drought resistant plants where possible to mention just a few of our efforts.


In regular meetings with the mayor of this small community, we try to help him explore ideas for generating wealth in the village. We protest about outside workers coming in and environmentally unsustainable plans. We promote tourism to him as the future for the village - a sustainable, useful sort of tourism that will enable the villagers.

We contribute generously to all traditional events in order to assist the village in retaining its cultural heritage. Easter and the summer feria are the two main festivals which we support and encourage our guests to participate.

In an effort to spread the wealth, we encourage our guests to explore the village and patronise the bars and little shops. Each room has a folder with information about what is available in Cartajima, the Alto Genal valley, and in nearby Ronda. Our guests are always culturally sensitive and find that the villagers are eager to talk with strangers - not so many come this way!

Cartajima is a small but thriving community. The town hall, the Ayuntamiento, are doing a great job keeping traditions alive and providing opportunities for youngsters to keep them in the village.

My intention is always to help where I can, employ only local people or companies, encourage villagers to participate in small sustainable tourist enterprises, and do what we can to create entrepreneurial opportunities.

At our Andalucia accommodation we employ only women from our village who traditionally do not have the opportunities available to their male counterparts. We encourage our employees to take as active a role in the running of the accommodation as they can, and hope to offer them training in all aspects of hotel management.

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