Walking Spain's Sierra Grazalema

7 Nights in Spain
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Half Board

What you can expect

Traditional Andalusia

Stay in a traditional Andalusian village Inn.

Glorious Views!

Experience spectacular scenery,

Sierra Grazamela

Discover the beauty of a UNESCO listed “Biosphere Reserve”

About the trip

Situated between Cadiz and Malaga, the spectacular Sierra Grazalema is one of Spain’s most stunning areas of natural beauty. Experience soaring limestone mountains, dramatic plunging valleys and gorges, surrounded by picturesque white-washed villages all with a stay in a rustic, traditional village Inn.  This walking week of discovery and splendour is fast becoming a favourite amongst  the Solos portfolio of walks.

Grade – Medium/Hard

Find out about Spain’s entry requirements here.

What's included?

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use
  • Welcome drink
  • Half Board: Breakfast and 3 course dinner daily , evening meals taken at the hotel and the Cadiz El Chico restaurant)
  • 4 x guided walks
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully Financially Protected

Itinerary

  • Arrive in Spain
  • Grazalema - Sierra del Endrinal - Grazalema
  • Montejaque- Puerto de los Alamillos – Grazalema
  • Day at Leisure
  • El Pinsapar
  • Day At Leisure
  • La Garganta Verde
  • Departure Day

Extras

  • Insurance click here
  • Local Tourist Tax payable locally €2.00 per night

What you'll be doing

DAY 1

Arrive in Spain

Arrive at Malaga Airport. Transfer to our lovely traditional accommodation Casa de las Piedras in the centre of Grazalema village where we have our welcome drink and enjoy our first evening meal at a local restaurant close to the hotel

 

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DAY 2

Grazalema – Sierra del Endrinal - Grazalema

Our first days walk is a lovely circular walk starting and ending in Grazalema. Our route today takes us along paths populated with the Mediterranean holm oak of which we will see cows and goats roaming free over this impressive limestone rock landscape. We first go upwards to the Sierra Endrinal through pine forests where interestingly we can see a variety of orchids. As we arrive at the summit, we will be able to see remnants of snow holes where ice was taken for the consumption of the “Gentry” living in the Spanish main cities. We then start our return back to Grazalema, taking in the beautiful scenery where we see a mix of Mediterranean and mountainous vegetation. This is where we may come across a Spanish Ibex and perhaps see the odd eagle or two!!.

Distance 10km/6.2 miles  – Ascent / Descent 450m

Walking Time 4 hours approx

Grade Medium

  • Breakfast and Dinner Included
DAY 3

Montejaque- Puerto de los Alamillos – Grazalema

After breakfast we take our transfer towards the traditional “Pueblo Blanco” village of Montejaque. We begin todays walk from a track on the outskirts of the village. From here we take a number of trails slowly heading back towards Grazalema. Along this route we can see a different aspect to this mountain area where the different soil allows the spectacular cork oak forests to grow. We will see trees where the cork has been stripped and harvested which creates an impressive artistic landscape.  Within the forest we will see an abundance of flora and fauna including the famous black iberian pigs, varieties of mushrooms and many different species of birds. This beautiful route follows along rivers and streams where we can see birds such as the colourful Bee eaters nesting on the banks of the stream. Following the theme of the previous day walks, we will see many Griffon vultures gliding over head as the Sierra Grazalema shelters the biggest colony of Griffon vultures in Europe! With their wingspan reaching almost 3 meters it’s an impressive sight to see.

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DAY 4

Day at Leisure

Take a well-earned rest in this lovely village or perhaps take advantage of an excursion such as a visit to Jerez de la Frontera (payable locally)

  • Breakfast and Dinner Included

 

DAY 5

El Pinsapar

Today’s walk we start climbing through a pine forest and and from the top, we have a fantastic view overlooking Grazalema village on the right and on the left over the valley of El Pinar. Our route continues along the mountains where we might come across the odd Spanish ibex or two We stroll down through the unique  Pinsapo forest,deriving from the last ice-age. Its natural history and the landscape is fascinating to see in this part of Spain.  We then continue through a Mediterranean oak forest with amazing trees, and we may see the indigenous vultures gliding overhead

Length:  12 Km /  7 miles Ascent:  450 m / Descent 950m

Grade – Medium / Hard

  • Breakfast & Dinner  Included
DAY 6

Day At Leisure

Take a well-earned rest in this lovely village or perhaps take further advantage of an excursion such as guided visit to nearby Ronda (payable locally)

  • Breakfast and Dinner Included
DAY 7

La Garganta Verde

For our final days walk we transfer to the start of our walk to discover the La Garganta Verde  (“The Green Gorge”). Our route takes us down through the Garganta Verde, gouged out of the limestone by the river running through. The gorge descends to 1,200 feet at its deepest point. This spectacular walk is a short but intense experience with fantastic surroundings, passing close to the home of a colony of the Griffon vultures of which we can see gliding above us. The end of the route finishes at a natural cavity where the rock formations interestingly change colour from pink to green and the acoustics gives us a church like feel.

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DAY 8

Departure Day

After breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer to the airport for our flight home

  • Breakfast Included

Accommodation

Casa de las Piedras - Grazalema

Situated in the centre of the village, this traditional family owned rustic Inn, popular with walkers and back-packers was the first hotel to open in Grazalema making it a delightful place to stay and experience this picturesque village, along with being a perfect base for our weeks walking adventure. The Inn includes comfortable rooms, small cosy lounge and a self-service small honesty bar. Breakfast will be taken each morning in the hotel and our evening meals will be held in the hotel and at the nearby traditional restaurant, the Cadiz El Chico

Facilities Include

Facilities include cosy lounge area with small library, TV, self-service honesty bar, Wi-Fi, relaxing furnished patio areas

Room Includes

Our traditional, pleasant rooms include twin/double beds, private bathroom, TV

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
January - February 11 °C 3 °C
March 14 °C 5 °C
April 17 °C 7 °C
May 20 °C 9 °C
June 25 °C 13 °C
July - August 29 °C 15 °C
September 26 °C 14 °C
October 20 °C 10 °C
November 15 °C 6 °C
December 12 °C 4 °C

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