While the male mountain goat of Sierra Nevada, also known as the “Buck of the South-east” can be found all over the Eastern side of Andalusia in the provinces of Granada, Almeria and Jaen, the mountain goat of Ronda is distributed across the South of Spain, in the province of Malaga.
Morphologically the mountain goat of Ronda the smallest of the four different types of bucks which are differentiated in our country.
Brought about by an adjustment to the environment and to milder winters than those of other areas of the Peninsula, it is mainly differentiated by the scarcity of black spots on its coat. The hair is shorter, with a less abundant mane and less occipital width in the cranium.
The horns grow upwards in a V shape and then backwards with a spiral twist of just 90 degrees. While this is the typical shape of the horn of the Ronda goat, other formations may be found in this region, even within the same herd.
Just as with the majority of our hunts, stalking is the hunting technique used, allowing the hunter to delve into and get to know the natural environment which surrounds this species first hand.
The National Park of the Mountain ranges of Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama, which extends to 40,662 hectares, is situated on the mountainous contours of the ranges of Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama, between the provinces of Malaga and Granada.
The Sierra Tejeda mountain range is the highest section of this set of mountains, reaching 2,066 metres at the peak of La Maroma. Spectacular views of the Mediterranean coast and neighbouring mountain ranges can be seen from here.
Rivers and streams flow rapidly downhill along the slopes of these mountains, offering spectacular waterfalls, such as The Petrified Trees, where the limestone water mineralised ancient trunks. In other places, the waters give way to some of the most impressive gorges, called Cahorros here. Other geological elements which stand out are the cave of Nerja, declared National Monument, and also the schism of La Maroma. Although diverse cultures converged in this area, the three mountain ranges have a marked Muslim heritage, with white villages strewn around hard-to-reach valleys and mountains.
The white and grey tones of the ravines and ridges predominate in these mountains, a consequence of the abundance of marble in the area. Settled on the white sands generated by the breakdown of marble are several varieties of pine such as the Aleppo pine or the Scots pine.
The presence of great eagles (Royal Eagle, Golden Eagle, Booted Eagle and Serpent Eagle), Peregrine Falcon and Hawk, Nightjars, forest and mountain birds, in particular the Wheatears (black, Northern and black-eared Wheatear), the Common Rock Thrush, the Blue Rock Thrush and the Alpine Accentor is notable. But without a doubt, the best known animal in these mountains is the mountains goat.
Visit the province of Malaga and you’ll find the beautiful landscape, good cuisine and the hospitality of its people. But you’ll also discover its ample cultural patrimony, dazzling coasts and inland villages.
This province has a wide range of possibilities for anyone wishing to combine their hunting programme with some unforgettable holidays.
Under the gaze of the Gibralfaro Castle lies a bustling cheerful city full of beautiful places, such as the Main Alameda or the La Farola promenade.
Being the capital of the Costa del Sol makes it one of the most important tourist destinations in Spain, for its climate, beaches and unbeatable golf courses.
Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans… the main Mediterranean civilisations more than two thousand years ago found Malaga to be a privileged enclave for the establishment of commercial routes, thanks to the strategic position of its port. La Alcazaba (C VIII-XI) is, furthermore, one of the symbols of the city, one of the largest Arab fortresses in Andalusia. The Archaeological Museum has its headquarters in this building, which contains valuable pieces from the Phoenician and Roman periods.
The Gibralfaro Castle (c. XIV), joined to the Citadel by a stretch of wall, affords us the best views of the city, which opens towards the sea with the port of La Farola promenade, one of the main leisure areas of the city. At the foot of the Gibralfaro castle lie the Roman Amphitheatre, the Bull ring (known as La Malagueta) and the historic centre of the city.
In the centre the Cathedral (c. XVI-XVIII) rises up, also known as “la Manquita” because of its unfinished right tower. This temple of beautiful Renaissance style retains an interesting group of chapels which contain great examples of Andalusian imagery. In the old quarter there are other important churches such as Santiago (c. XV-XVIII), with a beautiful Mudejar tower, los Mártires, the Sagrado Corazon and the Santo Cristo de la Salud.
Historic Malaga offers innumerable nooks and crannies. From here, you can admire the façade of the Town Hall, from the early XX century, or the plaza de la Merced, with the home which was the birthplace of the famous painter Pablo Ruiz Picasso. The route through the old centre has to take in the well-trodden Pasaje de Chinitas, with the Fine Arts Museum, or Calle Larios, main thoroughfare of the historic centre.
COSTA DEL SOL
Bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, the Costa del Sol covers more than 150 kilometres of coast in the province of Malaga, to the south of the Iberian Peninsula. Its name is no coincidence; over 325 days of sun per year, together with the benevolence of the climate provide the key to this paradise with beaches to suit everyone.
Beginning with the cliffs of Maro, then Nerja, with its European Balcony and the Cave, the charm of Torrox, the extension of Vélez-Málaga, the coquetry of Rincón de la Victoria, the fame of Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, Estepona and the tranquillity of Casares; the Costa del Sol is a dream location for holidays, where the possibilities are endless.
Each beach has its charm, some more bustling, others calm and isolated, some virgin and others with the best facilities, in the Costa del Sol you’ll find your own personal paradise.
We’ll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a “Welcome to Switzerland” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland’s most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.
Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.
Our morning drive takes us from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Engelberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.
An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.
It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.
It was truly a pleasure to meet both of you. We had a wonderful experience from start to finish as a result of your diligence and attention to detail.
Thank you both for making this a trip we will never forget.
Lorca and it’s Aoudad sheep is a must! Nice and difficult animal to hunt. Very well camouflaged and quick to run. This time it was female hunt. Local guides and Antonio from Iberhunting made it possible.
Thanks for another good hunting trip!
Having hunted extensively during the past 10 years on 4 continents, I rank my recent Ronda ibex hunt with Antonio firmly amongst my top 3 hunts.
Iberhunting delivers excellence in all key parameters – guiding, lodging, logistics and trophy quality, qualifying itself as a true top-tier outfitter. Simply just a fantastic hunt that I would encourage anyone to experience.
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