Autumn is a great time to dust off those hiking boots and enjoy the cooler mountain air; but don’t be too earnest. Make sure there’s a slap up meal and a comfy room waiting for you at day’s end.
Steep craggy rocks stood at each side of the dramatic gorge, typical of the limestone landscape of this eastern edge of the Grazalema protected Natural Park. Echoing through the wide, sunlit pass was the call of raptors in the sky above.
Looking up, Griffon Vultures soared and circled overhead, exploiting thermals to swiftly cover the kind of distances, with barely a flap of their wings that had taken us some hours to walk since breakfast.
It’s an extraordinary experience to be in such a dramatic landscape surrounded by nature; the feeling of freedom that these stunning spaces evoke is liberating. Despite being in such unfamiliar territory, we were in safe hands, as we’d opted to use a qualified and insured walking guide, Eva Monika Bratek, to take us through these staggering mountains north west of Ronda……
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