The Sierra de Grazalema is one of the most important natural treasures in Spain. As well as its environmental value, this enclave boasts great traditions and culture, and is home to some of the prettiest white villages in Andalusia.
Walks around the Sierra de Grazalema
The Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park is recognised as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, its diverse landscape making it the ideal place to go hiking on routes such as the Spanish Fir, the river Majaceite or the Garganta Verde.
The Spanish Fir, a relic from the Quaternary Period
The Spanish Fir (Abies pinsapo), a Mediterranean spruce, the only one in the world, is a relic from the Quaternary Period, which can be seen in the hills of Grazalema in all its glory. This tree was described for science by the Swiss botanist Pierre Edmond Boissier, in his work Voyage botanique dans le Midi de l´Espagne (Botanical Journey Around Southern Spain) in 1838.
This natural enclave boasts more than 200 different species of birds and other animal species, which make it the ideal place for watching the Griffon Vulture, the Booted Eagle and even the small and vivacious Blue Tits, White Wagtails and Little Owls.
Grazalema Old Town
Grazalema is one of the most beautiful villages of those that make up the Route of 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.
Recreation of Banditry
‘Sangre y Amor en La Sierra’ (‘Blood and Love in the Sierra’), a historic reconstruction of the life of the bandit José María Hinojosa, El Tempranillo, usually takes places midway through October in Grazalema, where the inhabitants of the village become characters from the period.