Located in the heart of Andalucia, one of the most important natural parks in Spain. Aside from its multitudes of flora and fauna and stunning landscape, the areas also boasts rich traditions and some of the lovely villages in all Andalucía.
Your Sierra de Grazalema Holidays
Grazalema: your holidays at an inland paradise
Grazalema is your perfect inland holiday destination. The village’s entire municipal district lies inside the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, a Biosphere Reserve. It is very well known for its Spanish fir forest. A perfect place for practising adventure sports. And a privileged spot for enjoying spectacular landscapes.
It is very close to Jerez, Cádiz, Seville and Málaga. This is why the village is chosen by many as a place to switch off from the daily routine of the city.
Other major attractions for its numerous visitors are its cuisine, its handicraft products and the charming historical centre of the village.
Lovers of rural tourism will find a wide range of things to see and do here. An idyllic place for a weekend getaway.
A natural paradise for adventure sports
The Sierra de Grazalema is a true paradise for those who spend their holidays enjoying adventure sports. It’s also great for anybody who wants to get up close and personal with the best of the region’s inland nature. It’s the most mountainous area of Cádiz province, home to the highest peak and the source of the Guadalete river; it has the highest rainfall on the Iberian peninsula.
A very wide and varied range of sporting activities can be practised in Grazalema:
- Bungee jumping
- Hang gliding
- Mountain biking
- Horse riding
You can choose from around twenty trails to explore on foot or on horseback. The “pinsapar” trail is the best known. To get to the trail, take the Puerto de Las Palomas road towards Zahara de la Sierra. After one kilometre you’ll find the car park for the Pinsapar signposted trail. Other routes of interest are:
- The Salto del Cabrero Trail
- The Boyar Trail
- The Fresnillo Dam Trail
- The Ribeira de Gaidovar Trail.
Enjoy views over the Sierra de Grazalema from its viewpoints
Three viewpoints can be found in the centre of Grazalema village: Los Asomaderos, El Tajo and Los Peñascos. These are fantastic places for enjoying views over a natural environment of huge ecological value.
As well as the Spanish fir, the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park plays host to a range of other plant species of interest, such as cork oaks, holm oaks and Portuguese oaks. It is also the habitat of a total of 136 bird species. Europe’s largest colony of griffon vultures is found here.
A stroll through its web of steep narrow streets leads you to discover the value of its historical heritage. There are many reasons why Grazalema is considered by many as the emblem of the White Village Route. It also features on the list of Spain’s most beautiful villages.
From among its churches, emphasis should be placed on the baroque church of Our Lady of the Aurora and the Church of San Juan. The latter was built on an old mosque.
The Nazrid Neighbourhood is another point of interest. This district is the departure point of the Roman Road Route, where an old public washroom and Roman fountain can be seen.
Culinary and textile attractions
Grazalema’s hand made products are very highly prized by visitors. This is particularly the case of its payoyo cheeses, pork products and typical amarguillo and cubilete sweets, as well as its famous blankets.
In its bars and restaurants visitors can also sample traditional dishes such as venison in salsa, mountain style trout, green asparagus, roast lamb and oyster thistle with scrambled eggs. They can be found at the bottom of the village, around Plaza de España.
If you want to buy Grazalema’s traditional blankets and ponchos, visit the Nuestra Señora del Carmen Blanket Factory. Right next door is the Museum of Textile Art.
Excursions from Grazalema
Grazalema is just over an hour away from major cities in Andalusia. You can get there from Jerez airport by taking the A-382 and A-37 roads. From Málaga, take the A-357 and A-367, and from Seville, use the A-375.
Other areas of interest that can be reached on a day trip from Grazalema are Ronda, Zahara de la Sierra and Arcos de la Frontera.
If you like nature and the countryside, choose Grazalema for spending your next holidays. We’re sure you won’t regret it.
Located in the heart of Andalusia, the Sierra de Grazalema is considered to be one of the most important natural parks in Spain due to its wealth of flora and fauna and its unbeatable landscapes. Nature lovers can enjoy these surroundings, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, with numerous routes for all tastes.
The best of the old town
Grazalema is not just a unique natural beauty spot in Spain, it is also one of the prettiest villages of those that make up the Route of the White Villages. It holds the National Award for Beautification and Improvement, and is a must-see if you like wandering through narrow, cobbled streets with white-washed houses sporting hanging baskets of geraniums and bougainvilleas.
Visits (Distances calculated from the Hotel Fuerte Grazalema)
Plaza de España and the Town Hall (5 min away by car)
The streets in Grazalema are Arabic in their layout, and lead you to the heart of the town, Plaza de España, where the symbol of former glory still stands today, the Nuestra Señora de la Aurora Church. The Town Hall also stands out in this square, with its crowned arches and the typical Andalusian balconies with their own special charm.
Nuestra Señora de la Aurora Church (5 min by car)
This religious monument, from the 18th century, is known for its octagonal base and drum cupola. It is, without a doubt, the most important building of all the historic sites. Another mist-see is the San José Church, with its medieval canvases.
Viewpoints (5 min by car)
From the different viewpoints in the village (Mirador de los Asomaderos, Mirador El Tajo, Los Peñascos and Villa Turística) you can see Grazalema’s greatest treasure, its surroundings, the Natural Park.
Museum of Textile Handicraft (5 min by car)
It houses old tools used to work fabric, since in the 17th century Grazalema was famous for its textile goods, in particular for its blankets.
Spa (5 min by car)
If what you want is to relax among nature, don’t forget that in Grazalema you can visit the spa set in a privileged enclave.
Blanket factory (6 min by car)
An unusual visit in Grazalema is the traditional blanket factory where these pieces are made completely by hand.
Where to eat in Grazalema
Grazalema offers a wide variety of specialties for lovers of the traditional flavours of the hills thanks to the quality of its products.
Payoyo cheese: Made with payoya goats’ milk, it is one of the main ingredients in tapas dishes due to its exquisite flavour and delicate texture.
Grazalema Soup: Made from a base of stock from stew mixed with the intense flavour of chorizo and the subtleness of mint.
Meats: Oven-cooked lamb and venison in sauce are the main dishes.
Confectionery: Acorn tart, amarguillos (made with almonds) and the famouscubiletes (filled with sweet pumpkin jam) are the most typical pastries from Grazalema.
Tapas: Grazalema is an ideal place for one of the most typical gastronomical traditions in Spain: going out for tapas. Below are a few recommendations:
- Gastrobar La Maroma (5 min by car): Tapas and high quality food.
- La Posadilla (5 min by car): Homemade food where you can try tapas and main courses without forgetting the picadillo soup (chicken and vegetable) in winter and the gazpacho in summer.
- Zulema (5 min by car): Charming tapas bar where as well as good food they also serve drinks.
- Kiboca (5 min by car): Known for its tapas and hamburgers, washed down with an exquisite local wine or a good beer.
- Rumores (5 min in car): A very well known bar on tapas routes for its quality and variety.
With regards to the best restaurants we can highlight:
Grazalema (5 min by car and 30 min by foot)
- El Simancón (5 min by car): El Mesón El Simancón offers typical food from the Sierra in a rustic setting.
- Torreón (5 min by car): A restaurant which specialises in game and which stocks good wines.
- Casa de las Piedras (5 min by car): Restaurant serving traditional dishes.
- Cádiz El Chico (5 min by car): This restaurant offers dishes such as lamb or venison cooked in a wood-fired oven and Grazalema soup (with chorizo and boiled egg).
Villaluenga del Rosario (11 min by car)
- La Posada de Ana
Benaocaz (16 min by car)
- El Refugio
Ubrique (23 min by car)
- El Laurel
- La Herradura
Ronda (30 min by car)
- El Tragabuches
- El Escudero
- Sol y Sombra
- Pedro Romero
The best shops
If you visit the Sierra de Grazalema you can’t leave without buying handcrafted typical products from the area. Both the cheeses and textile and leather products are a must for anyone passing through this area.
Grazalema (5 min by car and 30 min on foot)
- El Duende, gifts and accessories.
- La Alacena, souvenirs from the sierra.
- Antojos, wooden toys, gifts and decorations.
- Blanket factory.
- Horizon, sports gear for hiking.
- Las Hazuelas, specialists in payoyo cheese.
- La Casa de Abuela Augustina, local products.
- Todo Sierra, local products..
- Supermercado Guillermo (supermarket) and Carnicería Mercedes (butchers), Iberian cured meats.
Ubrique (23 min by car)
Due to the artisan tradition of Ubrique the leather goods are highly recommended.
- Carla Sade
- El Potro
- Arte Piel
- Coronel Piel
- Piel Galván
- Miguel Durán
- Cuero Ubrique
- Anago Piel
- Piel de Ubrique
- Mari Paz
Ronda (30 min by car)
- Shopping centre open on calle de la Bola
- Area around the bullring
Grazalema Recommended links
You can continue discovering the natural and cultural treasures of this fascinating destination by clicking on any of the following links relating to Grazalema.
Grazalema in Wikipedia
Video of Grazalema
Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park in Wikipedia
Ronda and Grazalema Weather
Grazalema’s climate is strongly affected by the mountains, which act as a natural barrier to trap the humidity coming off the Atlantic. As a consequence, Grazalema is the rainiest municipality in Spain, but it is also a paradise for hiking enthusiasts, as it is home to the most beautiful waterway in Andalusia, following the course of the Majaceite River and its waterfalls.During the winter months, temperatures fluctuate around 6-7°C, lending distinct charm to this mountain countryside, while during the summers, the temperatures rise to around 26-28°C,making it the perfect time to experience the natural beauty of the region to the fullest, whether through rock climbing, gorge walking, kayaking or simply taking a relaxing stroll.
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