If you are looking for a wildlife, walking, cycling or nature type holiday in Spain (or around Ronda) then you really should visit the website Wildside Holidays. Its a small website with under 20 companies listed in the directory but don’t let that put you off! What they lack in quantity certainly doesn’t effect the quality…
ALL the companies at Wildside Holidays are now actively taking bookings for holidays and day walks. After the disaster of coronavirus lockdown during spring and early summer of 2020, it is an absolute pleasure to promote and push these amazing businesses as much as I can…
Hike and bike, based in Ronda even have new ebikes for you to try out.
Book a day walk with Johanna from Sur Walks
Birding days out with those fantastic guys at Inglorious Bustards!
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Within the Serrania we are lucky enough to have three natural parks, Grazalema, Sierra de las Nieves, and Alcornacales, and at El Bosque, a small botanical garden “El Castillejo” devoted exclusively to the local and endemic plant species of these mountains.
Due to the Serrania being both Mediterranean and European, many of the tree species are common throughout Europe, whilst most of the shrubs are generally Mediterranean. Most of the flowers and grasses are either Mediterranean or endemic to the area. Your stroll will take you through several mini ecosystems, each with their own viewing area to sit and appreciate the surroundings.
Why not reserve a hotel in the village? Continue reading El Bosque Botanical Gardens
If you are staying in Ronda for a few days and have a car then you will want to get out and about to explore more villages in the area. The “Pueblos Blancos” or white villages encompass the north east of Cádiz and north west of Málaga provinces and this area is saturated in history with palaeolithic cave paintings, neolithic dolmens, bronze and copper age remains, Roman roads, Visigoth fountains and Moorish towers.
For the most part, these tours take us through towns created during almost 800 years of Muslim settlement. Berber tribes arrived here in around 714, coming from similar mountainous terrain in Morocco. They chose easily defended sites and built watch towers as an early warning system against attack. All of which was needed as this area was a lasting frontier between the Muslim and Christian kingdoms.
You can read more and print off the 3 driving white village routes at the info page on the excellent website The Grazalema Guide
If you don’t have a car then our very good friends over at Wildside Holidays can arrange a guided tour of some of the famous white villages of the area and can pick you up and drop you back to your hotel at the end of the day.
Wildside Holidays also arrange nature orientated walking tours in the nearby Sierra de Grazalema.
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.
Continue reading Ronda Walk Pilar de Coca