A day in ‘my mountains’.
A jewel in the crown of scenic Spain, Ronda is surrounded by the natural wonders of 2 UNESCO Biosphere parks and the Natural Park of Alcornocales. Ronda itself is steeped in history and makes for the perfect base to enjoy your free time wandering the streets of this friendly and beautiful town.
Winter in the mountains can be a time of wonder with many plant species such as Giant Orchid, Paperwhite Daffodils and delicate Irises choosing to bloom in profusion. Many of the more familiar summer birds of northern Europe winter here with Blackcap, White Wagtail, Chiffchaff and Meadow Pipit particularly abundant. Of course the surrounding mountains are also home to Europe’s most important breeding population of Griffon Vulture and Bonelli’s Eagle, which alone makes this area a favourite destination for bird lovers the world over. It is an area full of surprises and delights that never fails to attract admirers to visit time and time again.
We begin our tour with a drive along the river valley of the Guadiaro, winding our way slowly up to an area above the beautiful white village of Montejaque. Here we will find carpets of blue iris as they adorn the banks and winter pastures, above Griffon Vulture will effortlessly rise on the updrafts of the high massifs of the Sierra de Montejaque, where Ring Ouzel can be seen feeding on the plentiful harvest of haw berries on slopes below the high cliff-faces. From these dramatic scenes we journey to gentle undulating hills, passing through a rocky ravine where Blue Rock Thrush and Black Wheatear spend their winter.
We will circumnavigate the large lake near to our lunch stop at Zahara de la Sierra, a pristine and famous white village ‘pueblo blanco’ where we can relax over a dish of local cuisine and enjoy the atmosphere of local Spanish life. From here we take to the high mountain pass to Grazalema, another wonderful white village, enjoying more flowering plants and abundant birdlife, which can include the elusive but very confiding Alpine Accentor. Other birds we are likely to see are Rock Bunting, Black Redstart and raptor species. From Grazalema we will take a leisurely drive back to Ronda passing through an extensive oak forest and keeping an eye out for flocks of Rock Sparrow!
Prices for each day tour
1 to 4 persons total cost 220 Euro
5 to 8 persons total cost 340 Euro
Prices are total costs not per person. To book your tour contact us