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near Grazalema, Andalucía (España)
IN ENGLISH: Circular Ribera Pass
Although this is primarily a road route, it’s beauty and altitude makes it more than just a strong training route.
We will start at the front of hotel and head towards Ronda. We will follow a quiet road running through a cork oak forest, with beautiful views of Grazalema and then to the Zahara de la Sierra marsh on our left. At mile 14 we will take a right turn to visit the Jorge Bonnet winery. As we descend, we will come across a nice stone vantage point on our left as we approach the Zahara-El Gastor lake. On Lap 5 we will take the exit on the right and start the climb to the Ribera Mountain pass. We will head on through the Cork Oak forests and peaks, where we will also encounter a remarkable change in the vegetation in the Gaidóvar valley, mainly due to presence of water.
We will then pass the old flour mills, the Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary, the old blanket factory and then have a nice refreshing drink at the Fuenfría water source. We will then continue climbing to enjoy the beautiful views that will simply amaze us upon reaching the summit of the pass. With Grazalema on our left we will start out descent towards the ´Los Alamillos´ pass.