Walking the Serrania de Ronda

Walking the Serrania de Ronda

walking the Serrania de Ronda

Walking the Serrania de Ronda

Walking the trails of the Ronda mountains (aka Serrania de Ronda), in the south of Spain, can be wild and undiscovered. There is a multitude of routes through pristine countryside, mountains and natural parks. This article focusing on one piece of the Serrania de Ronda that is not well known. 

Hotel Los Castaños is located in the small mountain village of Cartajima in the middle of the little-known Alto Genal valley. It is one of the few remaining pristine hiking areas in the south of Spain. You won’t find it on most maps but it does get a mention on Wikipedia.

Walking Areas

The area around Hotel Los Castaños is called the Alto Genal valley, a paradise for walkers. Quiet trails connect seven tiny pueblos blancos and we provide detailed walking notes. Our guests seldom encounter another person on the trails. One of our walks is from Cartajima over the mountains to Ronda – we can do a collection to bring you back. 

Cartajima is 17 km from Ronda, Andalucia and we also have devised a great walk around the town and in the streets of this ancient and fascinating town.

We also have routes in the Sierra de la Nieves, one of Spain’s least known but most spectacular natural parks. It has amazingly diverse flora and fauna, dramatic changes of landscape, stunning views down to the Mediterranean, and intriguing Civil War ruins. Also, should it interest you, some of the deepest caves in the world.

The extraordinary GR141 runs through the Serrania but not through our valley which remains secret! Details of the GR141 here.

Another fantastic resource if you are planning a hiking trip in this area is in this link.

Walking the Serrania de Ronda

Details of our hikes

Most of our hikes are circular, involve descents and ascents totalling between 200 and 700 metres. Some start from the hotel door, others involve a short drive. They vary from two to six hours, easy to moderate in difficulty. They are self-guided and we offer a collection service should it be needed. We also offer self guided walking holidays. For the most part the walks are on tracks and defined footpaths. Please visit this page to see all the walks we have documented.

Best time to walk the Serrania de Ronda?

Actually any time except for July and August when it might be a bit hot for most people. Every season offers different wonders: Spring brings wild flowers and migrating birds; early summer, the chestnuts flower and a musky scent fills the air; in Autumn the sweet chestnut trees (los castaños) go through a spectacular palette of red and gold. And winter walking in the Ronda area can be marvellous, not too cold and often with brilliant skies when you can see as far as Africa and the Rif mountains of Morocco.

A Walker´s Journey to Cartajima


“…holiday packed with interest, suitably challenging walks and superb scenery, and underpinned with a sustaining support system of excellent quality and friendly delivery.”
John Pickering

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