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Located in the heart of Andalucia is Sierra de Grazalema, 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, absorbing culture, and some of the lovely villages in all Andalucía. All this contributes to Sierra de Grazalema’s natural appeal, so it’s plain to see why this region is so popular with tourists.
Nature lovers will be in their element here as the diverse landscape of the park makes Grazalema the perfect place to enjoy a hike, and there are numerous routes for all abilities and preferences. Paths will take you over rocky ridges, gorges and forested river valleys and you will be able to spot all manner of wildlife here.
There are over 200 different species of birds in this natural enclave; keep an eye out for griffon vultures, booted eagles blue tits, white wagtails and little owls. The natural park is also home to the only Mediterranean spruce in the world, the Spanish Fir, which can be found on the hills of this unique area.
In addition to its stunning scenery, a Sierra de Grazalema holiday will allow you to admire the famous pueblos blancos, the white-washed villages that are so archetypal of Andalucía – there are over 30 here, so the only problem you’ll face is deciding which ones to visit.
Often perched high above the valleys in some of the most unlikely locations you can imagine, these picturesque villages are about as far away as you can get from the over-development of the Costa del Sol; though just an hour away, it will feel like another world as you enjoy the peace of a Grazalema holiday.
Grazalema is one of the most beautiful villages in the area and holds a National Award for Beautification and Improvement to prove it. This pretty little mountain village is a popular base for tourists visiting the park and is a must-see. Wandering through the narrow, cobbled streets with their white-washed and flower-adorned houses is all part of the authentic Andalucian holiday experience!
Established in Moorish times, the village is now a lively destination with many great bars and restaurants in the attractive main square, the Plaza de España. Also located on this square is the 18th-century church of La Aurora, one of Grazalema´s most iconic landmarks. There is even a town pool on the eastern edge of the village where you can enjoy incredible panoramic views over Grazalema and the national park as you swim.