A hiking holiday couldn't be more beautiful!
Hiking holidays in Andalusia
The hiking trails in Andalusia are unlimited. Lace up your boots and explore the almost immeasurable hiking area of Andalusia, which is one of the most popular destinations in Europe.
Hiking all year round
The Rancho Los Lobos is the ideal starting point to go hiking all year round. In spring, when the vegetation explodes and the temperatures are quite mild, in autumn when the heat of summer has subsided again, or even in the winter months, Andalusia is exactly what hikers are looking for.
But even in summer it is attractive to hike the landscape, as long as there’s still some water in the rivers a jump into the Rio Hozgarganta can be so nice.
In Andalusia, where nature is still fairly untouched, you can feel the honesty and simplicity of life. You’ll see goats, cows with their calves and even bull in the meadows and fields around our Rancho in the Los Alcornocales Natural Park.
Jimena de la Frontera
Between the Sierra de Ronda and Algeciras, the castle towers on a mountain above the white houses of our village Jimena de la Frontera. The area has been populated since prehistoric times and in the Laja Alta site you can see the oldest cave paintings in Spain, dating from around 1000 to 600 BC. Throughout the year there are numerous festivals in our village, such as the typical Spanish ferias with splendidly dressed Spaniards, flamenco events or even the circus festival.
On the village square and in the alleyways, typical little bars invite you to linger and chat with the villagers and feel the relaxed Andalusian attitude to life. We love our village and would love to take you to our favourite bars.
Parque Natural Los Alcornocales
We are on the edge of the Los Alcornocales Nature Park, where the largest cork oak forests in Spain grow. A typical feature of the gnarled cork oak is the symbiosis it forms with various types of mushrooms, which is why almost everyone here in Jimena de la Frontera goes mushroom picking. From October to March/April is the mushroom season. The oaks are used for cork extraction and the profession of cork oak peeler is very common in our white village of Jimena de la Frontera. From the age of 40, the trees are peeled every 8 to 10 years, all by hand with the help of donkeys, which are used to transport the bark to the valley. In and around the park, great importance is attached to near-natural agriculture in order not to interfere too much with the forest cycle, which is also the reason why there are still very untouched areas in our surroundings.
The GR-7 and Rainer Maria Rilke
The GR-7 is part of the European Long Distance Trail E-4 and passes directly by Rancho Los Lobos. The idea of the long-distance hiking trails was introduced in 1969 with the intention of connecting the peoples of Europe. Meanwhile there are twelve of these trails with a total length of about 60.000 km throughout Europe.
The start of the GR-7, which is called Gran Recorrido (big round), is in Tarifa. More than 10.000 kilometers long it is the longest long distance hiking trail and more than 700 kilometers of it pass through Andalusia. You can see why it is something of a myth among hikers, as it is one of the most versatile and diversified hiking paths. It leads past white villages, the vulture canyon that is known for its biggest griffon vulture colony of Europe, the Cañón de las Buitreras and finally to Ronda, the Andalusian small city with an impressive suspension bridge. Ronda is not only a popular destination for tourists, it has already enchanted Rainer Maria Rilke and inspired him to write some poems:
No road is long with a friend by your side.
Nesting place of vultures and storks
The untouched nature of Andalusia is home to many birds and on the way to Rancho Los Lobos, coming from the sea, you’ll see storks perched in their nests atop electricity pylons during their breeding season, from March to June Ornithologists from all over the world get their money’s worth in southern Andalusia. Its proximity to Africa makes it a transit and wintering area for many bird species. Due to the pleasant climate and the many wetlands by the sea and in the nature parks, species such as osprey, flamingo, cranes and various types of vultures live here all year round. The highest diversity of species can be observed in August and September, when flocks of them take to the air along the Strait of Gibraltar, offering an unforgettable natural spectacle for ornithologists.
Explore the wonderful Andalusia!
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