The Genal Valley
Guided mountain walking - small international group - Serranía de Ronda
 our opinion, the most beautiful area of Spain!

We follow the picturesque pathways of the Genal, its tributaries and the surrounding sierras, through the fragrant Mediterranean forest and the strangely lunar Riscos, by mountain streams and the silvery crests of the limestone summits. There are wonderful panoramas to photo and delicious local dishes to taste in the white villages, spectacularly set cascading down a hillside or nestling under a ruined castle.

Activities: five walks of 4-5.30 hours and one short walk with an afternoon in Ronda. No portage of luggage; no technical difficulty; on (sometimes steep) paths with a few 'off path' sections. Denivellations +200-550m a day. Group 10 maximum.

seven nights in rooms for 2 at the hotel of Jubrique (rooms with bathroom).

PRICE 695 euros per person; single room supplement 135 euros.

: 8H individual Spanish course; supplement 95 euros. Reserve on booking.

DATES (Sunday-Sunday)

2018 11-18 February, 25 March-1 April*$, 22-29 April*, 9-16 June® (Sat-Sat), 22-29 July#, 11-18 August# (Sat-Sat), 13-20 October© (Sat-Sat), 11-18 November.

Almond trees in flower.

$ Holy Week: the Pasos in Ronda, where the statues of Christ and the richly-dressed Virgin float above the crowd on flower- and candle-bedecked plinths carried by dozens of brotherhood stalwarts, followed by a procession of hooded penitents. At Jubrique: "El Encuentro", featuring an articulated Virgin, and the "Execution of Judas". Cherry trees in flower.
* NATURE RAMBLES also available. Click here for details and photos.
® Chestnuts in flower.
# Summer: free entry to Jubrique's swimming pool during opening hours; some alterations to walks.

© Chestnut harvest.
Autumn colours: lemon of nettle-trees, yellow of figs, gold of poplars, bronze of chestnuts, russet of sumach, copper of turpentine-trees... and wild mushroom season.

RENDEZVOUS Málaga, in the afternoon - choose a flight arriving before 15.30.
DISPERSAL Málaga, in the morning - choose a flight departing after 12.30.

Location of this programme:

SUN/SAT: Transfer from Málaga to Jubrique.

MON/SUN: Through the orchards and colourful matorral of the Hoyones and the Higuerón with splendid views of the Genal and the lower Monarda. Buffet-picnic.

TUESDAY: Spectacular walk of the Peñón de Benadalid, between the broad, open Guadiaro Valley and the steep, narrow, wooded glens of the Genal. Benadalid village and its unique castle-cemetery.

WEDNESDAY: In the Riscos de Cartajima, a labyrinth of limestone rocks sculpted by wind erosion. Tapas lunch and visit to Ronda with historical topo-guide.

THU/MON: Across the Monarda valley to Genalguacil ("Gardens of the Vizir"), with flowered alleys, fountains and giant sculptures. Lunch at the Venta de las Cruces, then a delightful descent to the Genal at Los Limones, followed by an exciting new path - with metal walkways - along the riverside (bathing possible).

FRIDAY: An incursion into the neighbouring Guadiaro valley: the marvellous karst landscapes of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park.

SAT/THU: Panoramic walk of the Peña ridge and the 'rockeries' of peridotite of the Upper Monarda. Late lunch in Jubrique and free afternoon.

SUN/SAT: Transfer from Jubrique to Málaga.

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