Now you will walk through a dense pine wood along the River Turón until you see a steep path to Lifa Valley,
which encircles the ruins of a watchtower over a chalky promontory, where its plant life turns into holm oaks and turpentine trees.
It is a long Stage which passes through an area of sierra with quite a high altitude in Lifa, which is the Sierra de las Nieves high mountain pass. The route oscillates gently between east and west, first leading along a track in very good condition parallel to the Río Turón, surrounded by pine woodlands, and then on paths crossing the Lifa Cornicabral to Cortijo de Lifa.
From there the GR takes you along a forest track that ascends to 1,160 metres in the Puerto de Lifa, a place which combines its altitude with strategic geographic situation to create a truly mountainous landscape.
The long descent to Ronda through the town´s agricultural area par excellence, the plains of Aguaya and through the valley of the Arroyo del Lancero stream, which contains more water as the sierra ends.
The river Turón itself and the dams and dykes built along the watercourse make the views worthwhile, not only because of the landscapes created by water but also the interesting green belt of vegetation of river forests which blanket the area. There are several sign-posted footpaths which can be used additionally to the GR.
The Gran Senda enters the mountains of the Parque Natural de la Sierra de las Nieves via the valley and mountain pass of Lifa, which harbours one of the most extensive cornicabrales forests of Mastic Tree (or Turpentine Tree) in the province, looked over by an old abandoned watchtower and the Cortijo de Lifa, a place which is special as it was the witness to the death of the last bandolero (bandit) of the Serranía de Ronda, the unparalleled Pasos Largos. You arrive in Ronda from the well-known Puerto de Lifa skirting the Sierra Hidalga with its Holm Oak woods and single Pinsapos.