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The Grazalema Sierra

Andalucia – a flower-filled paradise for walkers
 
The pretty ‘white town’ of Grazalema is the base for this self-guided, single-centre walking holiday, with hire car included so you can explore other pueblos blancos. The wide range of walks offers the chance to see rare wildlife and an array of colourful flora in the Grazalema Natural Park.
The Grazalema Sierra. 7 nights
The Grazalema Sierra. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Grazalema Sierra

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.
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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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
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °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. These areas are usually closed between June and October and, in addition, the Natural Park authorities may also very occasionally close them at short notice during particularly dry weather to prevent the risk of fire. You can either visit the Park Office in the nearby village of El Bosque to book tickets or arrange for them to be faxed to the Tourist Office in Grazalema. A permit is required for the walks marked with an asterix (*).
  • Choice of routes: 7.5km to 10km

    Llanos de Ravel* (Valley of the Lute): 10km, 3hrs; ascent/descent 430m
    An easy descent on a panoramic wide track through the mountains brings you to a bowl-shaped valley which makes a delightful picnic spot. Loop through woodland, passing several pinsapos (an ancient species of fir found only here and in Morocco), before returning to the valley and heading back along the track to your car. (*Permit required.)

    There-and-back riverside route from El Bosque to Benamahoma: 10km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 210m
    Pleasant riverside paths lead between the villages of El Bosque and Benamahoma, revealing picturesque mountain river scenery and a great variety of trees, birds and flowers.

    Smugglers' trail: 8km, 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, on the contraband route up from Gibraltar to Ronda. After lunch in Jimera, you could walk back or take the train.

    Cork Woods Circuit: 7.5km, 2.5hrs; 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.
    Cork woods circuit
  • Choice of routes: 8km to 15km

    Grazalema to Benaocaz: 12km, 4.5hrs ; ascent 515m/descent 540m
    This beautiful walk leads over the Sierra del Endrinal (‘Blackthorn Mountains’) into a secret valley encircled by a sheer rock wall in which a ruined farmhouse is surrounded by poplars and tiny streams. It then drops down through green valleys between limestone ridges to the white village of Benaocaz. You can return by bus.

    Linear route through the Pinsapo forest*: 14km, 5.5hrs
    Ascend to the ridge above Grazalema for far-reaching views north across overlapping ranges. Your route skirts the side of the ridge and descends into the Pinsapar, a mysterious forest of rare Spanish firs (Abies pinsapo). You descend some 800 metres, passing through changing vegetation of mastic and mixed oaks to arrive at the pretty village of Benamahoma. Return to Grazalema by taxi. (*Permit required.)

    Circular route above Zahara: 14.5km, 5hrs; ascent/descent 530m
    From the village of Zahara, you cross open farmland, then walk up through a stream valley to a pass. From here, forest tracks and paths lead through another valley, with views of nearby gorges, one of which is home to a colony of griffon vultures.  

    The Two Valleys: 14.5km, 5hrs; ascent/descent 620m  
    This is a lovely circular walk through a varied landscape. Instead of scenery of limestone mountains, you discover a lost world, where ruined farms, overgrown threshing floors and collapsed stone walls evidence a time when countryfolk once made their living from the land, traversing the very same paths that you do.

    The Green Gorge*: 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 to the bottom of the gorge, where there is a cave overhung with wild fig trees and ferns, and retrace your steps back to your car. (*Permit required.)
    The Garganta Verde
  • Choice of routes: 10km to 17km

    Montejaque circuit: 17km, 6.5hrs; ascent/descent 570m
    Starting in Montejaque, this spectacular and very varied route leads through a lunar landscape then descends through natural ‘rock gardens’ connecting grassy plains. After passing an old farm with a threshing floor, you enter woodland and then a beautiful green valley. The walk finishes by crossing the olive-clad ridge hiding Montejaque.

    Simancón: 10km, 4.5hrs; ascent/descent 810m
    Enjoy a challenging climb to the summit of Simancón (1,564 metres), for inspirational 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains. You may be lucky enough to spot ibex as you walk.
    On the circular route around Montejaque
  • Ronda, Arcos de la Frontera, Jerez & more
    The walking may be excellent, but don’t neglect the many fascinating towns and villages. The magnificent and astonishingly sited white town of Ronda is unmissable, as is the smaller but equally dramatic Arcos de la Frontera set in splendid isolation on a sandstone cliff. There are many other atmospheric white towns within easy driving distance, including Zahara de la Sierra with its hill-top castle, and Setenil, whose houses shelter beneath an overhanging rock ledge. Jerez de la Frontera, an elegant town famed for its sherry, is another worthwhile excursion, while fantastic, flamboyant Seville is also less than a 90-minute drive away. We provide route notes for three different driving tours which reveal the best of the region.
    Explore Ronda
 

Accommodation

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

 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 September 2019 - 30 November 2019 & 01 February 2020 - 31 May 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £535 £150
    1 - 23 Nov 2019 £520 £145
    1 Feb - 19 Mar 2020 £495 £140
    20 Mar - 24 May 2020 £520 £145
    3rd & 4th person discount -£55
    Single traveller supplement £55

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Price includes: 7 days' category B car hire (eg VW Polo(255, 255, 255);">or similar with manual transmission)

    Driving time to/from the hotel: Jerez 1h30, Malaga 2h, Seville 2h
     

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    La Mejorana, Grazalema (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 30 Nov 2019 £54 £76
    01 Feb - 31 May 2020 £52 £74
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Jerez, Seville, Málaga

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Málaga or Madrid.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Malaga Ryanair 
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    Belfast Intl. - Malaga Aer Lingus,  easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Birmingham - Malaga Flybe,  jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  TUI,  Vueling 
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    Bournemouth - Malaga Ryanair 
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    Bristol - Malaga easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Bristol - Seville easyJet,  Ryanair 
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    Cardiff - Malaga TUI,  Vueling 
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    Doncaster Sheffield - Malaga Flybe,  TUI 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Nottingham East Midlands - Seville Ryanair 
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    Edinburgh - Malaga jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Seville easyJet,  Ryanair 
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    Exeter - Malaga Flybe 
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    Glasgow - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
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    Glasgow Prestwick - Malaga Ryanair 
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    Inverness - Seville (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Leeds Bradford - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Leeds Bradford - Seville (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Liverpool - Malaga easyJet 
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    London City - Malaga British Airways 
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    Gatwick - Jerez easyJet 
    Gatwick - Malaga British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  TUI 
    Gatwick - Seville British Airways,  easyJet 
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    Heathrow - Malaga British Airways 
    Heathrow - Seville (via Madrid) Iberia 
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    Luton - Malaga easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Luton - Seville easyJet 
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    London Southend - Malaga easyJet 
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    Stansted - Jerez Ryanair 
    Stansted - Malaga British Airways,  easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair 
    Stansted - Seville Ryanair 
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    Manchester - Jerez easyJet 
    Manchester - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Manchester - Seville Ryanair 
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    Newcastle - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Norwich - Malaga Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Malaga Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Málaga or Madrid.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 2 dinners
    3 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • 7 days' category B car hire
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • 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.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • 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 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 and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • 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 travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). 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 can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ 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. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (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.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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.
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