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The Grazalema Sierra

Andalucia – a flower-filled paradise for walkers
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Why not add on a couple of nights in Seville or Málaga, if flying via either of these cities? Both are fascinating, historic places and each have surprises in store for the visitor, from monumental architecture to secret corners.
  About Andalucia >Andalucia may have returned to Christian rule in the late 15th century, but the legacy of the Moors, who held power for nearly eight centuries, is still very much in evidence in its customs, gastronomy, architecture and language. The fact that Andalucia is such a melting pot of cultures is what makes it so captivating. There are two very striking features of this part of Andalucia: the pueblos blancos – towns and villages of whitewashed houses with terracotta roofs, whose inhabitants still see themselves as culturally apart from the people of the lowlands; and the rich flora and fauna of the Alcornocales Natural Park, which owes its name to the expanses of cork oaks, and the Grazalema Natural Park. The latter’s craggy limestone mountains belie the fact that it shelters over 1,000 species of flowers – best seen in April or May – and 136 species of bird, among them hoopoes, bee-eaters, Bonelli’s, golden and booted eagles, and one of Europe’s biggest colonies of griffon vultures.
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided, single-centre walk
  • wide range of walks in Andalucia's Grazalema Natural Park
  • hire car included for exploring the famous white towns
  • rare wildlife and an array of colourful flora

The amazing landscapes and fresh mountain air of the Grazalema Natural Park make for wonderful, rewarding walking in Spain’s deep south. Africa is close in every sense, from the scent of orange trees to the Moorish influence on the whitewashed buildings. If the scenery is magnificent, equally outstanding is the wildlife – the craggy limestone peaks shelter surprisingly green valleys and gullies, which in turn are home to an astonishing array of flowers and birds.

The wide variety of detailed and informative walking routes provided is matched only by the astonishing array of flora and fauna.
     

Of the region’s famed pueblos blancos (‘white towns’), Grazalema is one of the prettiest, framed by mountains and with sloping cobbled streets, and makes a perfect base for a week of walking and discovery. This is an area we know very well – Inntravel has offered holidays here for many years – and we offer an exceptionally wide range of detailed and informative walking routes. Fantastic at any time of year, they are particularly special in April and May, when flowers line the paths.

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 Average Temperatures & Rainfall
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
°C 11 11 14 16 20 24 29 29 25 19 14 11
mm 111 102 83 76 52 33 13 13 32 79 128 124

The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

Spring flowers start to appear in February, although the best time is mid-April to mid-May. In March, the flowering gorse bushes provide a yellow carpet on the slopes.