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New Year Break in Grazalema

Andalucia
 
Celebrate the New Year with a special four-course dinner in the pretty ‘white town’ of Grazalema. This self-guided, single-centre walking holiday, with car hire, promises a wide range of walks in the Grazalema Natural Park, and the chance to visit other pueblos blancos.
New Year Break in Grazalema. 4 nights
New Year Break in Grazalema. 4 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A New Year break in Grazalema

The amazing landscapes, rewarding walking and fresh mountain air of the Grazalema Natural Park in Spain’s deep south make it a great choice for a festive getaway. 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.
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 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. If this were not enough, you enjoy first-rate hospitality at La Mejorana, making for a New Year to remember.
 

Winter 2020

Our New Year breaks are unavailable to book for winter 2020.
 
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Walking & more

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of our suggested walking routes as the mood takes you. 
  • 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.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
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    °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
  • An introduction
    Knowing this area as we do, we are able to provide you with a wide selection of walking routes in the Grazalema Natural Park. Some lead direct from Grazalema (sometimes requiring a bus or taxi back – pay locally), while others are accessed using your hire car.

    Please note that access to the protected areas within the Natural Park is strictly controlled by entry permits of which a limited number are released each day in order to protect the unique bio-reserves. The Natural Park authorities may also very occasionally close these areas at short notice during particularly dry weather to prevent the risk of fire. Permits can be requested in person from the Park Office in the nearby village of El Bosque, or for some routes from the Tourist Office in Grazalema. A permit is required for the walks marked with an asterix (*).
  • Choice of routes: 7.5km to 16km

    The Pinsapo Reserve* (grade 2-3): 16km, 6hrs; ascent/descent 940m
    This out-and-back walk from Grazalema promises some magnificent views, taking you up onto the ridge that contains both the highest and third highest peaks in the sierra, standing at 1,654m and 1,556m respectively. Along the way, you will encounter an old ice-well before entering a UNESCO-protected reserve housing Abies pinsapo, a very rare fir, which now exists in only two other Spanish forests. (*Permit required)

    From Grazalema to Benaocaz via Dornajo (grade 2): 11km, 4.5hrs; ascent/descent 540m
    This is one of the classic walks from Grazalema. It is a beautiful route over the ridge of the Sierra del Endrinal to the ruined Dornajo farmhouse, which stands in a secluded valley amidst poplars and tiny streams. From the farmhouse, you continue to follow the valley to Benaocaz, entering this whitewashed village through its deserted, centuries-old, Moorish quarter. Take the afternoon bus back to Grazalema.

    The Two Valleys (grade 2): 13km, 4.5hrs; ascent/descent 620m
    On this lovely circular walk, you explore two parallel valleys, where ruined farms, overgrown threshing floors, hand-hewn troughs and collapsed stone walls evidence a time when the people herded their animals, made cheese and charcoal, sheered wool and grew vegetables then took it all by donkey to the market in Grazalema along the same paths you will walk today.

    Cork Woods circuit (grade 1-2): 7.5km, 3hrs; ascent/descent 160m
    This is a gentle, half-day circular walk from Grazalema that explores an area of cork oak woods, streams and green open valleys, grazed by the sheep and goats that give these villages their famous cheeses.
  • Choice of routes: 5km or 8km

    The Green Gorge* (grade 2): 5km, 5hrs; ascent/descent 390m
    To reach this walk, you drive over panoramic Dove Pass (1,300 metres) which affords fantastic views over the turquoise waters of the nearby lake. The walk itself descends some 300 metres through the dramatic Garganta Verde (‘Green Gorge’). Lined with Mediterranean bushes, the gorge is home to 200 pairs of griffon vultures, and it is well worth detouring to the vulture-viewing platform, from where you may also see choughs, crag martins and alpine swifts. Continue via a steep stone 'stairway' to the bottom of the gorge, where there is a huge cave overhung with wild fig trees and ferns, and retrace your steps back to your car. (*Permit required)

    Smugglers' trail (grade 1-2): 8km, 2-3hrs; ascent 200m/descent 240m
    This is a pretty and easy walk along the river Guadiaro, following an old drovers’ trail, also used by smugglers in days gone by.
  • Ronda and the Pileta Caves
    To ring the changes, we highly recommend spending some time in Ronda. This magnificent and astonishingly sited white town is unmissable, and we provide notes for a self-guided town trail to help you explore. Another worthwhile visit is to the Pileta Caves (advance booking required), in which rock paintings dating from some 32,000 years ago have been discovered.
  • Celebratory meal included
    The focal point of the break is, of course, New Year’s Eve, when you are treated to a fine four-course dinner at a lively, traditional restaurant in the centre of the village. Afterwards, join the locals in the square and celebrate in traditional fashion with uvas de la suerte (‘lucky grapes’). This Spanish custom of eating a grape with each chime of the bell and washing them down with cava is not as easy as it sounds!
 

Accommodation

Grazalema is a charming town and makes a great base for your break.
La Mejorana
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Bedrooms

 

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What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 1 celebratory dinner
    4 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • 4 days' category B car hire
 
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  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
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  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance.
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.

    When the UK withdrew from the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020, it entered an 11-month transition period that will last until the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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