Local Activities

There are many activities that you may undertake during your stay at Hotel Bandolero. While here, why not enjoy a bit of nature in the Upper Genal Valley or in one of the area’s three national parks, Sierra de Grazalema, Sierra de las Nieves or Los Alcornocales?

Below is a list of activities available in the Genal Valley and the Serrania de Ronda area. You can find contact details for some of these activities under our “Contacts” page or you can give us a ring and we will be happy to make advance arrangements on your behalf with a local service provider.


Lounging poolside here at El Bandolero enjoying a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains and valley.

Extreme Outdoor Adventures:

Canyoning “The Devil’s Abyss”(“La Sima del Diablo”) in the Juzcar river. Highly recommended for all who come to Juzcar; the landscape along the river banks in the Genal Valley are not to be missed!!

Canyoning thru the Gorge of Ronda, El Tajo. Now that the river is clean, one can climb down to the river and trek through it to arrive at a couple of great cascades and then rappel yourself down the cliff face to the bottom of the river below Ronda. For more information on this adventure, please contact Hotel Bandolero directly.

Walking: explore the trails linking the seven villages that comprise the Alto Genal and the rest of the Genal Valley. In springtime, the valley is covered with hundreds of wild flowers, changing from week to week.

Guided mushroom hunts: take a guided walk though the countryside looking for mushrooms, learn what is edible and what is dangerous to touch with your local well informed guide. Seasonal in autumn. Hotel Bandolero can organise your mushroom adventure walk with a local guide.

Mr Henderson’s Railway Walk:– This short and easy walk in the Guadiaro Valley follows a delightful riverside & cliffside path, which links the sleepy village of Estacion de Benaoján with the sleepier-still hamlet of Estacion de Jimera de Libar. It begins at the Molino del Santo, a hotel just up from the railway line.

Hiking and trekking through the Genal Valley or one of the local natural parks, Sierra de Grazalema, Los Alcornocales or La Sierra de las Nieves Biosphere. This can be done on your own, exploring the local parks and trails or you can have a guide to take you along, explaining the plants and wildlife in the area as you go. If you would like to organise guided hiking, please contact us at Hotel Bandolero.

Cooking classes at Hotel Bandolero – Enjoy a cooking class with Chef Iván Sastre while staying at in the Genal Valley. Try your hand at Ajo Blanco or a new original Chef Ivan dessert. Call Hotel Bandolero directly for information and reservations.

Organised painting holidays: – Come and enjoy a week of painting in the Genal Valley and surrounding areas. Any medium of painting is welcome while the workshops specialise in pastels and oils. Please see contact us directly for more information regarding theme holidays.

Bird watching:- English language guided tours for bird-watchers are available with a local resident bird expert. La Serrania de Ronda is home to many species of birds including birds of prey and more being located in an important migratory corridor. Vultures & eagles are among the most common raptors soaring above the Genal Valley.

For more information, prices and reservations on the birds of the Serrania de Ronda, please contact Hotel Bandolero directly.

Enjoy beautiful views of Genal Valley and the La Serrania de Ronda.  Contact Hotel Bandolero for more information about the Genal Valley.

Ronda la Vieja (Acinipo):- Hilltop ruins of an old Roman town, with partially reconstructed amphitheatre.

Cueva de Pileta, Benaoján:– Palaeolithic paintings of horses, goats, fish and a seal dating from 20,000 to 25,000 years ago preserved in this impressive cave. For details on admission fee and opening hours, please see contact Hotel Bandolero.

Ronda Wine Museum (Bodegas La Sangre de Ronda):- Wine museum offering the opportunity to learn about the Ronda wines and the wine making process. The Ronda wine tradition goes back for 6,000 years; the museum is housed in an old villa in the historic old town of Ronda.

Ronda Vineyard Tour:- The Ronda area now has more than ten bodegas (“vineyards”) which should be of interest to wine connoisseurs or anyone who enjoys wine; take a tour of one of the Ronda vineyards. Here are a few of Ronda’s bodegas:


Bodegas F. Schatz
Bodegas Cuesta la Viña
Bodegas Los Frutales
Bodegas Cortijo Los Aguilares
Bodegas Descalzos Viejos
Bodegas Doña Felisa
Bodegas Vetas
Bodegas Joaquin Fernandez


Ronda: many sites of historical and cultural interest. Why not enjoy a morning in historic Ronda and then spend some time relaxing in a few tapas bars, having a glass of Ronda wine or a caña (small draft beer) and try a few tapas?

Cycling & Mountain Biking – Rental bikes are available in Ronda.

Horse riding in Ronda.

Caving and/or rock climbing in Grazalema Natural Park or La Sierra de las Nieves Park

Kayaking and canoeing in smooth water and white water rapids.

Swimming in the Rio Genal below Juzcar village in a beautiful spot with plenty of shade, a snack stand and plenty of fresh, cool river water!

Swimming in the Juzcar village pool, only a short walk from Hotel Bandolero, admission gratis. There is also a bar / snack-stand.

White Villages: take a driving tour of the mountain villages of the Genal Valley and the Serrania de Ronda with more than 20 white villages.

The Serranía de Ronda: the mountains all around Júzcar.

The Genal Valley : La Real Fabrica de Hojalata de San Miguel (Old Royal Tin Factory Ruin), the oldest factory in Spain. See its ruins on a finca in Juzcar; it was first opened in 1731 to secretly produce tin for the royal army.

Marbella / San Pedro de Alcantara / Puerto Banus: coastal resort town with a charming old town, beaches, expensive shops and an exclusive marina filled with very expensive yachts and boats.

Beaches: all along the Costa del Sol, only 50 – 90 minutes from Juzcar

Golf: there are many golf course options on the Costa de Golf starting in San Pedro, only a 45 minute drive from Juzcar.

Autumnal chestnut picking as well as brilliant autumnal foliage.

Take a tour of La Sierra de las Nieves where you will discover Pinsapo Trees, walking trails, birds, flowers and much more that nature has to offer.

Enjoy beautiful views of Genal Valley and the La Serrania de RondaClick here for more information:

As you can see, there are many activities that one can enjoy here in the Genal Valley from bird watching to wild mushrooms walks to walking the many trails, viewing the spectacular wild flowers in springtime, local wine tastings, mountain biking, painting, photography, learning a new recipe in a cooking class, having a massage or other body treatment, rappelling in a wet suit enjoying a guided walk or simply enjoying a scrumptious meal topped off with a spectacular dessert, all while relaxing at the Hotel Bandolero.


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