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The Serranía de Ronda is a marvellous place to walk, with grades from easy to challenging, and many suitable for all fitness levels. Some of our favourite walks take in spectacular scenery, or pass by historical monuments, or if nature is what you want to see, will allow you to explore the flora and fauna of the district. The Ronda mountains are amongst the most popular in Spain for British walkers, and several companies have regularly scheduled walking holidays that spend a few days passing through.

Walking around Rondas countryside

Ronda Walk: Virgen de la Cabeza back to Ronda

This article is part two of the Ronda to Virgen de la Cabeza walk. Please make sure you have also read part one.

To complete this walk you need to of average fitness. This walk is not suitable for people with heart conditions as the ascent at the end is steep.

Almost every keen walker who visits Ronda also walks to the Virgen de la Cabeza cave church across the valley from the Puente Nuevo, but most then turn back and return the way they came, yet the walk through the valley below is fantastic and for those game to try it should be a must do activity.

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Horses and Carriages in Ronda

Michelle Obama Tour of Ronda

Michelle Obama, the wife of President Barrack Obama, and First Lady of the United States recently visited Ronda as part of a 5 day holiday in Spain, and Ronda Today is proud to provide her complete itinerary.

Arriving in Ronda, Mrs Obama first enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the Casgo Antiguo, Ronda’s old Moorish city, where she visited the Casa Don Bosco and admired their view of the Puente Nuevo, Ronda’s most iconic monument.

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The walk to the Ermita from Ronda

Ronda Walk to the Virgen de la Cabeza Cave Church

The cave church outside Ronda, known as the Virgen de la Cabeza, is a 10th century hermitage built sometime around 970-980AD, and is just a short walk out of Ronda. Most people should find this Ronda walk easy to do and gets you out of the city for some of the most spectacular views of the Ronda skyline you could imagine seeing.

We start the walk at the Almocabar Gate in the Barrio de San Francisco and walk along Calle Torrejones, passing the Bodega San francisco and further on the road the restaurant El Predicatorio which are on our right. Around 500m from the old walls of Ronda we encounter a small white roundabout in the street, and 100m further an intersection with a sign pointing to the right for the ‘Ermita Rupuestre Virgen de la Cabeza’.

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Pilar de Coca

Ronda Walk Pilar de Coca

The Ronda-Pilar de Coca loop (PR-A 71) is a wonderful walk for exercise junkies and visitors to Ronda alike, it’s a circular route that takes us about 9km out of Ronda, past vineyards, oak groves, an old aqueduct that supplied Ronda with water, the Pilar de Coca spring, and finally the mountains of the Sierra de las Nieves and the Serranía de Ronda.

If you have the walking guide from the Ronda Tourist Office, be aware that we are taking the opposite direction, past the hospital instead of the route up the ‘La Pastora’ hill. Either way is fine, and both as challenging as the other.

We start our walk at the Supersol Hypermarket at the entrance to Ronda, at the intersection of the Carreteras to El burgo, Arriate/Campillos, Sevilla, and the circular highway that goes to Aranal. The part of town is where the courthouse and fire brigade are located, and the roundabout is commonly known as the Campillos roundabout to the English speaking residents of the city.

Cross the Supersol car park heading toward the El Burgo carretera, and walk along the footpath at the side of the highway until you reach the hospital, then cross the road at the pedestrian crossing, and pass under the railway line. At the end of the ramp turn right onto a dirt or concrete track, and keep going until you reach a Y intersection, then veer left to the side of the venta, and continue past olive groves until we reach a crossing over the railway line and just beyond that the highway.

On the other side of the highway, we take a path to the left of the Patronato Virgen de la Paz, to out right we’ll see the vineyard Pasos Largos, part of the El Juncal hotel complex. Continue going forward on this road, making sure not to take the two dirt tracks on the right.

After passing the vineyards on your right, you’ll start to see farmland covered with trees, and probably herds of sheep or goats eating the grass below them. These are Holm Oaks, and are one of the most common trees you’ll see around Ronda. A little further on to your left you’ll see a stone aquaduct crossing over the carretera, this is the ‘La Hidalga’ aqueduct built to provide water for the Ocho Caños fountain in Ronda’s Padre Jesús district during the 1700s.

After 2.6km we arrive at the top of a steep hill into a plain where several dirt tracks intersect, and to our right behind a large boulder you’ll see the Pilar de Coca, a concrete trough with running water. This water is safe to drink, and you can refill your water bottles here as well.

You’ll now return to Ronda following the track that is to the right of where you entered the Pilar de Coca, continue downhill for around 3km before you reach a t-intersection, and a sign showing all of the birds of the Serranía de Ronda typically seen during the year at this spot. Some are seasonal birds, but if you have a pair of binoculars with you, take a look at the fields to your left.

At this intersection, turn right, the road looks long, but soon leads uphill,and then steeply downhill back to Ronda. It won’t be long until you see the Ronda skyline on the horizon, and you can’t get lost on this section of track if you keep going straight ahead.

All around us as we descend back to the fería ground in Ronda we’ll see mulberry trees, while in the distance lie the mountains closest to Ronda, the Sierra Hidalga furthest away to the east, and to the south-east the cliffs of Pompey.

These are so named after legend tells that during the Roman civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey, the defeated Pompey and seven mules of treasure hid in the caves until it was safe to leave, however so great was the search for him that he was forced to abandon his treasure and escape on foot.

Very soon you are back in Ronda, the total distance of the loop is around 13km, and is a great walk or mountain bike route, though in summer it is better to complete this walk in the early morning or late evening.

Map Route of Walk

Route of the Walk to Pilar de Coca

Gallery of Photos from the Walk;

Public Highways Often Cross Private Land

Ronda’s Public Access Ways Overturned by Supreme Court

A recent Andalucían Supreme Court judgement has overturned the catalog of public access ways drawn up by the Ayuntamiento de Ronda, which could see many of them fenced in again, and restricting public movement around the Serranía on roads traditionally seen as public highways.

For years land owners have been disputing the right of the public to cross land they consider their own, with hikers and nature enthusiasts often disagreeing over chains, fences, and other obstructions placed on the path to prevent public access.

The latest court verdict is a significant blow to public access after the court found Ronda’s council hadn’t followed correct procedure when creating their catalog of public access ways, with the court describing the approval of the catalog prior to public consultation as more than a little curious.

In late April 2005 the new catalog was announced in the provincial gazette which comprised 500 pages and 250 aerial photomaps of the public highways, however these had not been made available to the public beforehand, essentially meaning the Ayuntamiento breached article 9.3 of the constitution.

Where does this leave public access highways now? Well, essentially in the situation we were in prior to 2005 when landowners would block public access without penalty until a court has decided on the nature of the rights of way, but with Spanish courts being as slow as they are, many of the pre-2005 cases have yet to be decided, so we can expect to see a bunch of new fences and chains erected again as farmers learn of the court decision.