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.
This game species is hunted in large areas where the density and quality of the hunting trophies are well adapted to the physical conditions of each individual.
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.
Accomodation & Gastronomy
Hotel La Viñuela is one of the most well known in the Province of Malaga and Andalusia in the classification of Hoteles Rurales con Encanto, or Charming Rural Hotels.
It is located within the National Park of unforgettable beauty, at the shores of the La Viñuela reservoir and at the foot of the Sierra Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama National Park.
Situated just 15 minutes from the beaches of Torre del Mar and 30 minutes from Malaga city. There are numerous complementary facilities available in the nearby area, such as golf courses, shopping centres, etc.
On the coast of Malaga, the visitor can find an inexhaustible gastronomic selection. Smaller fish (anchovies, red mullet, horse mackerel, squid and baby squid) served fried, are a symbol of a simply elaborated yet exquisitely tasty cuisine. The prawns, clams and lobsters of the bay offer a special taste, whether boiled or grilled.
Inland in the province, exquisite cold cuts, and filling dishes are prepared: veal in garlic, fried goat, hare…Gazpacho is made in many ways in Malaga: ajoblanco, porra antequerana, gazpachuelo…
We should also mention the wine of Malaga, whose fame has transcended the frontiers of Spain. Its universality comes from its age, when firstly the Phoenicians and later the Romans produced and distributed it throughout their domains. Wines with the denomination of origin “Malaga” are made using grapes of the variety “Pedro Ximenez” and “Moscatel”. These wines clearly show a Mediterranean nature, sweet and velvety. Among the most important, we can name Moscatel, Seco, Pedro Ximenez, Vino de los Montes, Lagrima, etc.
A universe of tastes which visitors to this thousand-year-old land can enjoy
Program based on: 3 hunting days & 4 Nights
Airport: Malaga Airport
Hunting Season: From middle October to the end April
Best Hunting Period: Rut Time (from middle nov.)
Hunting Method: Mountain Stalking Hunt
Recomm. Calibers: 300 WM, 338 WM, 270 Weath., 8×68, 300 Weath.
Shooting Distance: 150 – 300 meters
165 – 325 yards
Shorter or longer shots also depending on the skill of the hunters.
Difficulty: We hunt in vast zones where the density and quality of trophies allows the hunt to be adapted to each person’s physical condition.
Combination: This program is possible to combinate with any other specie. But for proximity with mouflon, redstag, fallowdeer or Sierra Nevada Ibex could be the best combination.