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The Bandolero Route - A hiking week through the Andalusian hinterland in 5 stages

Day 1 - Transfer Marbella to El Colmenar You will be picked up in Marbella and driven to a charming country style Hotel in a pretty little village at the banks of the Guadiaro river. Meet your guide and fellow walkers. Day 2 - 1st leg: Colmenar to Cortes de la Frontera The route starts gently along the river and leads along an impressive gorge, where we may see the first examples of the huge vultures that the canyon is named after, and cross the gorge over an old stone bridge. At the end of the route, we reach a little village, at the train station of Cortes de la Frontera, called Cañada del Real Tesoro, nestled between the Grazalema Natural Park and the Cork-forest. Walking time: 4-5 hours, 13,5 km Elevations: ↑683m, ↓530m  Day 3 -2nd leg: from Cortes to Villaluenga del Rosario The steep climb this day tour starts with, will be rewarded by spectacular views, looking down over the coast to the Rock of Gibraltar and across to Africa. From here we can also use the peaks of the Sierra Bermeja (Arabic for red mountain) to view the villages of Cortes, Gaucin and Jimena de la Frontera. The two plateaus which we cross, surrounded by mountains, are reminiscent of meadows in the Alps. Just before we reach the pretty little village of Villaluenga, we can see the remains of an ancient Roman bridge. Walking time: 6 hours, 16,5 km, Elevations: ↑1065m, ↓532m Day 4 -3rd leg: from Villaluenga to Grazalema Another spectacular hike that takes us across the rugged cliffs of the Grazalema mountains, with their bizarre rock formations that are an ideal retreat for mountain goats and other animals. The route takes us very close to the top of the mountain Reloj (clock), over and back down to Grazalema. Walking time: 5 hours, 12,3 km, Elevations: ↑717m, ↓740m Day 5 -4th leg: from Grazalema to Benaojan We leave from Grazalema on an old Roman road. A long, but varied and equally attractive route awaits you. Over several ridges and valleys we walk again to a hight of over 1000 metres and from there you can catch the first glimpse of the city of Ronda. The path leads down to the railway station of Benaoján. We finish the route of the day near the Pileta Cave (Pick up), and will start from there tomorrow morning. Walking time: - 6-7 hours 16,6 km, Elevations: ↑572m, ↓967m Day 6- 5th leg: Benaoján to Ronda On the morning of our last hiking day, we take the time before hiking to Ronda, to visit the cave "Pileta", with paleolithic cave paintings (tranfer to Cave included).This last hike of your week takes you through meadows and forests to Ronda, the Bandolero Museum and the Tajo gorge. There you will have plenty of time for sightseeing. Walking time: 4.5 hours, 13,1 km, Elevations ↑553m, ↓287m Day 7 - Transport back to Marbella