A Lovely Excursion
The whole area of the Ronda mountains and the Genal Valley offers many wonderful hiking trails. Very close to Ronda we have beautiful villages nestled among chestnut trees and waterfalls such as Benaoján, Montejaque, Júzcar, or a little further away, Casares or Genalguacil.
In this case we propose a short route that skirts Ronda without the need to take the car. It is the route of Los Molinos.
Starting from the El Campillo Square, we go down the path of Los Molinos, a paved pedestrian walkway that descends towards the Guadalevín river, surrounded by almond trees. To our right, we will see the New Bridge, as we continue down what is known as the Cachondeo slope due to the zigzagging of the stretch. Here, we can take a path to the right that is quite steep and takes us to the base of the bridge, passing through private land.
Further down we reach a fork where we take the left path that goes under the Puerta del Viento (Wind Gate) and the famous Picha del Moro, a very peculiar rock formation with fossil remains. If you take the path on the right, it leads us to the ancient walls.
We will continue descending, with the Asa de la Caldera (the Cauldron Handle, a rock shaped like a loop due to erosion) already visible in the background until we reach the road to Los Molinos and from there we will have to continue descending to the Guadalevín riverbed. Just before we reach the viewpoint of the Hoya del Tajo from where a small path leads to a hill where everyone takes the typical photo with the bridge behind.
Hoya del Tajo Viewpoint
Asa de la caldera
The route runs parallel to the Guadalevín at the height of the Albergue Los Molinos. There are only a few of the 14 Arab mills that were still working until the last century.
The trail continues next to the hydroelectric plant and parallel to the wall of the Tajo, going under the Asa de la Caldera. You will also see the old Discalced Carmelite monastery where the Descalzos Viejos bodega is today.
The end of the route is in the neighborhood of Doctor Vázquez, where there are some beautiful viewpoints. From there we will only have to continue straight on to reach the Alameda del Tajo and the historic center.
End of the route