When we think of Cadiz, the coast, crystal clear waters and the famous carnival spring to mind. However, the province still hides many secrets that few people know about. With incredible gastronomy, whitewashed villages, a lighthearted atmosphere, spectacular nature and fresh air, the region holds plenty of mystery. You’ll want to return before you’ve even left.
Founded in 1985, the Grazalema Natural Park covers more than 53 hectares (130 ac) and includes Cadiz and Malaga villages. The park is named after the municipality of the same name, which played an important role in Spain’s history. Grazalema was at the heart of the wool trade and the administrative and judicial headquarters for all the villages in the area.
Grazalema and its surrounding villages lay on the border between Muslim and Christian territories and the characteristics of its unique location are visible in the architecture, language and customs. Some villages still hold popular Moorish and Christian festivals.
I invite you to enjoy a region rich in landscape and culture through these five hiking routes designed for families with children, beginners and, above all, nature lovers. Each route varies in distance and altitude. I recommend reading the description carefully to choose the one that best suits you.
Although Grazalema is the most rainy place in Spain, it’s also extremely hot in summer so autumn and spring are the best time to do these routes. If you hike from June onwards, avoid the hottest hours of the day. As it’s hard to find water sources, you should take enough water to last all day.
For some routes, you need to apply for permission at the El Bosque Visitor Centre either in person or by phone. I mention in each Tour description when this is the case. You can also apply via an online form, but plan ahead as places are limited.
All routes are accessible by car; check the route descriptions for more information.
Finally, I encourage you to discover the region’s wonderful gastronomy such as payoyo cheese, which comes from a type of goat native to the region, and retinto beef, which is famous both in the mountains and on the coast of Cadiz.
The Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park has one of the most charming spots in the entire province of Cadiz. This is the Pinsapar, a place that many nature lovers have referred to as "a botanical treasure".
Spanish firs are a species of fir that was abundant in Europe and North Africa millions of years ago…
The Arab element is very present in many places in the Andalusian geography. The Sierra de Grazalema was the home of Muslims and Christians until just a few centuries ago, and this was recorded in many aspects of daily life: in food, in architecture, in speech and, of course, also in culture.
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