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Serranía de Ronda

April in Andalucía. Orange blossoms, warm sunshine and bright whitewashed villages. Our itinerary takes us through the greatest regions of Andalucian history as well as seeing the finest scenery of Southern Spain.

We begin in Arcos de la Frontera, a beautiful white village on the edge of the southern mountains. We then continue to the sierras of Cádiz where the border between Christian and Moorish forces stabilized during the thirteenth century. Here our walk leads us through this frontier land, gradually gaining the ground that took the Christians over two hundred years to repossess. We pass through tiny villages, mere splashes of whitewash baked hard by the hot summer sun on the dark green hillsides; the pueblos blancos built in a style imported from North Africa and named accordingly - Benamahoma or Zahara. We end our trip in the Serranía de Ronda, in the wonderful town of Ronda overlooking a dramatic gorge that forms the basis of our last walk. Superb, long walks in magnificent scenery and all the drama and excitement of Andalucía and its history combined with magnificent food and excellent accommodation.