Romantic rural getaways in the Serranía de Ronda

Romantic rural getaways in the Serranía de Ronda

Are you looking to get away with your loved one for a couple of days? A romantic country getaway in the Serranía de Ronda is the perfect way to reconnect with nature.

Although it still remains a bit of a secret, the Serranía de Ronda is bursting with unexpected landscapes that will leave you speechless.

Leafy woods, rivers, lakes, white villages filled with history and delicious food await. So why not discover it all on this on a 2-day drive through inland Spain

Day 1: Benalauría – Algatocín – Júzcar – Ronda

Your adventure starts in the midst of Serranía de Ronda with its abundance of charming villages. Benalauría is a small municipality surrounded by verdant pine woods where, on clear days, you can see the coast of Africa from across the Mediterranean. This Berber-origin village is a veritable picture-postcard of inland Costa del Sol that you will fall right in love with.

One of the greatest attractions in the area is Bosque de Cobre, “copper wood”, a forest nestled amid Genal valley, that earned its name for the beautiful colours of the chestnut trees when they lose their leaves in autumn. This is the perfect time to marvel at the technicolour vista, though the wood is stunningly beautiful all year round. If you fancy taking a walk through a calm and tranquil landscape, this is the place for you.

Just a couple of kilometres from Benalauría is Algatocín, a village whose verdant mountains and white streets contrast to paint a picturesque scene. With a Moorish past that you can still perceive today, Algatocín benefits from the natural beauty of the Serranía de Ronda. Sitting on a mountain between the Genal and Guadiaro rivers, the Arab village clings to the hillside, offering steep, narrow and winding streets. The perfect destination if you love nature and gastronomy.

Algatocin, Serrania de Ronda

On the way to Ronda, you’ll pass through Júzcar, a village that is defined by something truly unique: all of its houses are painted blue, creating a fantastical scene. Once you’ve visited Júzcar, you will continue to Ronda

We recommend staying in some of the wonderful hotels in the Serranía de Ronda close to the City of Dreams

Volar Andalucia fly high over Ronda – the City of Dreams

Day 2: Ronda – Benaoján

After a good night’s rest, your romantic country getaway in Malaga province continues with an exploration of the many charms of Ronda, which is considered one of the most beautiful municipalities in the province. One of its main charms is its precarious position. The town sits on a rocky plateau that split in two, due to a geological phenomenon, creating a 100m deep fissure that follows the Guadalevín river, known as el Tajo. The town is therefore divided in two with the historic centre to the south and the newer town to the north. As you walk through the town, don’t miss out on the main sights, including Puente Nuevo (18th century), Puente Viejo (17th century), Palacio de Mondragón (housing Museo de Ronda), Palacio del Marqués de Salvatierra and Convento de Santo Domingo.

Once you’ve soaked up all the history and culture, you could continue to Benaoján: a village with an Arab past, defined by steep and winding streets. Nearby is the Cueva de la Pileta and the Cueva del Gato – one of the greatest cave networks in Spain.

You can also make the most of the great outdoors by hiking, climbing or even kayaking down the Guadiaro river.

La Cueva de la Pileta


Karl Smallman

About Karl Smallman

The aim of Karl and the Secret Serrania web portal is simple… to bring together the best rural tourism businesses, big and small, in the Serrania de Ronda to one brilliantly useful website.