Walking holidays in Grazalema, Andalucia, Spain
Grazalema is the perfect base from where to visit the ancient town of Ronda and to take the train on your onward journey through Andalucia.
Nature & bird lovers heaven!
Description of Walking holidays in Grazalema, Andalucia, Spain
On this eight day walking holiday in Grazalema Natural Park, Andalucia, Spain you’ll enjoy guided hill walking in one of Europe’s wildlife havens, a UNESCO biosphere. This is a hill walking holiday and is only suitable for medium and harder level walkers. We welcome solo travellers and don’t charge a single supplement.
Andalucia is the southernmost province of Spain, a place steeped in history. The Romans were here and later a Moorish civilisation flourished from the 8th to the 15th century, followed by the re-conquest by the Catholic monarchs.
Visitors to the province of Cadiz are captivated by the grandeur of its mountain setting, with the Sierra de las Nieves to the southeast and the Sierra de Grazalema to the west. Our centre is the town of Grazalema situated in mountainous country at a height of over 800m.
Grazalema is a picturesque town, with whitewashed houses and narrow, steep cobblestone streets. In the 19th century the village profited from the local industries of textile, wool and agriculture and since then the population has dwindled as these industries have faded. Today, Grazalema still remains an active hub where local products such as woollen rugs and blankets, pork meats and pastries are still made.
The Serrania de Ronda is an outstandingly beautiful and richly diverse area of mountains, river valleys, undulating hillsides and, above all, unspoilt nature. Such is its diversity that one day you can be on top of a high windswept peak, the next day you could be walking along a verdant river valley. There are pockets of agriculture, including grazing livestock and fruit trees, to remind you that people have played their part in shaping parts of the landscape, and donkeys, often in colourful harnesses are still used as a means of transport. The best way to appreciate this outstanding biodiversity is to trek amongst it.
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3 Reviews of Walking holidays in Grazalema, Andalucia, Spain
Reviewed on 14 Nov 2017 by Kriss BrownWalking in some beautiful and dramatic Andalucía scenery with excellent and friendly company sharing the passion for walking. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Jan 2015 by Bronwyn StaffordI enjoyed this break hugely, I learnt a lot about this wonderful, fragile environment. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Dec 2014 by Jayne GriffithI would highly recommend this holiday! I loved everything about it...The hotel was superb and clean with a very welcoming manager, Terese. The walks were just stunning, the company excellent, the food was wonderful. All in all, fabulous! I will be returning!! Read full review
PlanetThe area of Grazalema Natural Park is exceptionally rich in fauna and flora, which is why walking in the area is so fulfilling. Birds of prey and their conservation are of special interest.The local colony of Griffon Vultures, the nesting pairs of Golden and Bonelli´s eagle and the vulnerable but locally present Egyptian Vulture. We also encourage the interest in flora, especially the 35 species of wild orchids present in Grazalema Park.
All walkers are informed about our policy of leaving absolutely no rubbish behind, including organic remains. We discuss noise pollution and visual pollution and their effect on both wildlife and other walkers. We also discuss the impact of forest fires on the area of Grazalema and what individual walkers can do to help prevent them.
On our walks we explain the importance of water to the area especially during the long and hot Andalucían summers. All natural springs encountered on the walks are always checked for any rubbish or obstacles that could be blocking them so that birds and other animals have access to clean water.
The necessity of driving to the starting point of the walks is reduced to an absolute minimum. The route chosen to take the walkers to the starting point forms part of the experience and we include points of interest in the village.
PeopleTourism is the only major industry in this isolated part of Spain. By encouraging tourism we are contributing to the local economy and protecting jobs at a time of great unemployment and economic downturn.
The walking holidays here in Grazalema are an important aspect in regards to supporting the local community. Our clients eat in local restaurants and stay in the village thereby creating and assisting the local economy. The village of Grazalema depends 100 percent on tourism and we believe our guided walking holidays are helping in a sustainable way many of the businesses in the area.
Protecting our environment and sustainable tourism is a priority here in Grazalema. All of the hotels and accommodations we use for our clients are locally owned and/or run and have a policy of waste recycling and use biodegradable cleaning products that are 100 percent organic. Walking routes are selected to avoid foot traffic impact and guidelines are given to our walking clients to remain on the paths, not collect wild plants and to respect in general the wildlife that exists in the area which helps preserve this important area for the locals.
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