Serrania De Ronda GR141 Circular Trail 1-8 May 2024

Day 1. Wed 1st May.
You will be met at Malaga airport at approximately 1230hrs and transferred by minibus to Ronda.
Your accommodation here will be the Hotel Colon, which is ideally placed to explore this historic old
town in the afternoon and evening. A continental breakfast is included and served in the hotel cafe
in the morning.

Day 2 – Thursday 2nd May.
Stage 1- Ronda to Jimera de Libar 24kms – 600m asc /800m desc
The GR-141 route is from the Plaza del Campillo, in the old town part of Ronda. The route drops
down into the famous el Tajo gorge and from there to the Valle del Guadiaro, where the railway and
the river will become your friends along the whole route. You will be walking close to the Cueva del
Gato ( cave of the cat) and going through the towns of Benaoján, Estación de Benaoján, Estación de
Jimera and, finally, Jimera de Líbar,
We stay overnight in Hotel Almeji – Benadalid. A continental breakfast is included and served in the
hotel cafe in the morning.

Day 3- Friday 3rd May
Stage 2 – Jimera town to El Colmenar- 26kms – 805m asc / 1062m desc – longest day
We return to Jimera from Benadalid first thing to rejoin the route. The morning starts on a high level,
undulating path with two small river crossings. We leave the trail above Cañada Del Tesoro to go to
this town for lunch . After lunch, we rejoin the trail and a one hour climb eventually leads to the
entrance to the Cañon of the vultures. A stunning view preceeds the arrival at a big ruined cortijo
and then a steep descent into the canyon to cross ¨ the German bridge¨ with cabled stairs and
tunnel. A steep ascent gives us a great view of the canyon all the way down. Another 2kms along a
scenic trail brings us to a steel rope bridge over a barranco ( dry riverbed) and then the last section
of 3kms before reaching the days end at El Colmenar.

We stay overnight at Hotel Las Buitreras. This hotel has a nice swimming pool, but its not heated so
beware. A Buffet breakfast is served in the hotel restaurant in the morning.

Day 4. Saturday 4th May.
Stage 3 – El Colmenar to Bennaraba via Gaucin 19kms 1270m asc / 973m desc
A fairly long, but not steep climb up through fields and woodland on mixed trails, brings us over a
headland before dropping down into the town of Gaucin, where we have some good options for
lunch. After lunch, we leave the bottom of the village and follow the road for maybe 2kms before
taking a pleasant rolling trail of woodland paths until we see Bennaraba across a deep gorge. A steep
descent,a river crossing and then a steep ascent to the village above.
We will stay tonight in the Hotel Banu Rabbah. This hotel has some lovely mountain views and a big
swimming pool ( not heated either Im afraid). You don’t need to pack in the morning, as we will also
stay in this hotel the next night 7 th May. Breakfast is included in the restaurant the next morning.

Sunday 5th May
Stage 4- Benarraba to Benalauria 12.3kms 884m asc / 732m desc
Our path today starts with a descent to the river of Rio Genal. We then join an excellent riverside
trail of some 5kms with boardwalks and steel walkways, until we reach the Venta de San Juan. An
excellent country venta with home-made food . Dont eat too much though as after lunch we have a
500m ascent up to the next village of Benaularia.
You will then be transferred back to the Hotel Banu Rabbah for tonight.

Monday 6th May
Stage 5 – Benalauria to Alpandiere 15.5kms 625ms asc / 864m desc
A short minibus ride brings us back to rejoin the trail, where we left it yesterday . A short climb
brings us up to the next village of Benadalid, which has a small but impressive castle. Then onwards
on a fairly level path to Atajate, which has 2 good ventas for lunch. We then descend not too steeply
a good 400ms to a riverbed before climbing back up via winding switchback dirt road to Alpandiere.
No accommodation is currently available in Alpandiere, so we will transfer you back to the Hotel
Almeji in Benadalid. Breakfast is included next morning in the restaurant.

Tuesday 7th May
Stage 6 – Alpandiere to Ronda. 19kms 800m asc / 1043m descent
A short bus ride brings us back to rejoin the trail in Alpandiere. We leave Alpandiere on the same
track we came in on for approx 1km before branching right. We take a nice undulating track for a
couple of kms before descending into a deep gorge with stunning steep sides. We walk up the gorge
for a good hour before reaching a large water trough and tank and joining the main road. We follow

the side of the road before we reach the highest point of the walk at 1000m at Puerta Encinas
Borrachas. Its almost all downhill now. You can soon see Ronda. A good 8kms in the distance. We
cross a large field area before making our way down to a man made reservoir with a rather unusual
feature in the water. Continuing down this track, which follows the course of a dry riverbed, The trail
eventually leads into the Tajo de Albanico, a quite stunning canyon with unusual rock formations.
This continues for 2-3 kms before exiting at a tarmac road. We follow this up to join the road and the
final section into one of Ronda large plazas, where the walk ends with a welcome cold drink in one of
the many bars.
We return to stay once again at the Hotel Colon in Ronda centre. Breakfast in the cafe in the

Wednesday 8th May.
We depart Ronda around 0900hrs for the transfer back to Malaga airport

*** The itinerary may be changed at any time at the discretion of the guide. *****

Price Gbp 1100.00 per person ( max 7 people). This includes the following
All transfers to/from Ronda and all villages on the route.( Arriving before 1200hrs in Malaga on 1st
May and departing after 1300hrs from Malaga on 8 th May.)
7 nights accommodation in villages along the route.
A continental breakfast each morning.
A packed lunch on Stage 6- 7 th May.
Transfer of luggage between stages each day, where necessary
6 days Guided walking.