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Ronda - Ermita de la Virgen de la Cabeza (SL-A 36)

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Distance
4.02 mi
Elevation gain
476 ft
Technical difficulty
Easy
Elevation loss
476 ft
Max elevation
2,454 ft
TrailRank 
50 5
Min elevation
2,126 ft
Trail type
Loop
Time
5 hours 5 minutes
Coordinates
1131
Uploaded
May 6, 2021
Recorded
February 2018
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near Ronda, Andalucía (España)

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Itinerary description

The trail to the Ermita de la Virgen de la Cabeza has tremendous views in every direction. To the east, the Tajo of Ronda stands out above the valley. To the west, the mountains behind Benaoján and Montejaque rise up sharply. Be prepared to make slow progress on the trail because you are constantly stopping to admire one view after another!

The chapel itself is excavated into the sandstone of the rock face in which it sits. It remained hidden for many years, but is used today as a pilgrimage site.

Worth noting:
Pay attention to the point labeled 'junction' and take the fork that branches to the right if you want to go to the Ermita. It is easy to mistakenly head off on the left fork which leads to Cortes de la Frontera.

The interior of the monument is open only on weekends, and not every weekend (although you can walk to the site and see the outside on any day). To get the opening schedule (roughly every two weeks), contact the tourist bureau in Ronda.

Walk 4 on a three-month walking trip in the Serranía de Ronda
From our journal:
We had just the sort of weather one hopes for for when planning a walking trip for February. Although this particular February is predicted to be colder and wetter than normal, in an average year February and March are good hiking months in Andalucia. They are not as hot as April and May and not as wet as November, December, and January. Today it was about 50°F and the sky was a brilliant blue, making the mountains surrounding Ronda stand out against the horizon. It was warm enough to hike in shirt sleeves, but not so hot that going up a steep hill was a chore.

A lot of other people must have felt the same way we did about taking advantage of this gorgeous day. I’d say we saw close to seventy people out on the trail today - dog walkers, trail runners, and people just out for a stroll - far more than we usually see. The biggest group was a hiking club of about fifty that started out about the same time we did. In fact, this led to our big mistake of the day. That group looked like they knew exactly what they were doing. They were local, equipped with walking poles and daypacks, and striding out with confidence. Surely they knew where they were going. (They did ... we didn’t.) We mistakenly assumed there was only one trail in the area, so we blithely tagged along behind them for an hour or so, looking at the trees coming out in bloom, admiring the views, and talking about how lucky we are to be here. When we finally decided it might be a good idea to check our progress on the GPS, we were very surprised to see that we were nowhere near the trail we were supposed to be on. Lesson learned: turn up the volume on Wikiloc so we hear the signal when we are leaving the track

To top off this beautiful day, we had a great meal at Casa María (Plaza Ruedo Alameda, 27), a tiny restaurant in Barrio San Francisco where they serve a seven course set meal - no menu, no decisions, just fantastic food. Reservations suggested.

Possibilities for eating/sleeping
Apartamentos La Colegiata - Plaza de la Duquesa de Parcent, next to the Iglesia de Santa María la Mayor. The apartments are close to the starting point for numerous trails starting from Ronda. The owner is helpful with maps and questions.
La Tragata, C/ Nueva 4, near Puente Nuevo - for tacos
Casa María, Ruedo Alameda 27, Barrio San Francisco - for a meal after walking (see comments above)

Resources
Ermita background information
https://www.malaga.es/es/turismo/patrimonio/cache-16366/cnl-125/lis_cd-5376/ermita-virgen-de-la-cabeza?cache=28242

Previous walk: Baños Arabes - Santa María La Mayor
https://www.wikiloc.com/walking-trails/ronda-banos-arabes-jardines-de-cuenca-puente-nuevo-plaza-mondragon-santa-maria-la-mayor-71930160

Next walk: Asa de la Caldera - Los Molinos del Tajo
https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/ronda-asa-de-la-caldera-los-molinos-del-tajo-parque-periurbano-sl-a-38-72047202

Link to journal

Waypoints

PictographIntersection Altitude 2,407 ft
Photo ofjunction

junction

Take the right fork here. The left fork leads to Cortes de la Frontera.

PictographPhoto Altitude 2,410 ft
Photo ofviews on track to Cortes de la Frontera Photo ofviews on track to Cortes de la Frontera Photo ofviews on track to Cortes de la Frontera

views on track to Cortes de la Frontera

PictographPhoto Altitude 2,324 ft
Photo ofviews on track to the Ermita Photo ofviews on track to the Ermita Photo ofviews on track to the Ermita

views on track to the Ermita

PictographReligious site Altitude 2,108 ft
Photo ofErmita Photo ofErmita Photo ofErmita

Ermita

PictographProvisioning Altitude 2,293 ft
Photo ofCasa Maria Photo ofCasa Maria Photo ofCasa Maria

Casa Maria

Comments  (2)

  • seneca2 Jan 13, 2022

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    A really nice walk, quite unexpected! Even went and parked my camper car by the ermitage add plenty of room and quiet! Thank you!

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    IslandWalker Sep 24, 2022

    @seneca2, I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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