Discover the Colossal Buitreras Canyon, in Andalucia’s Alcornocales Natural Park
It is a well-established fact that many of the visitors to shores of Southern Spain are drawn by the promise of sun, sand and hours spent relaxing by the sea
However, this tranquil corner of Europe offers so much more to those in search of some of the most uniquely beautiful natural surroundings available within a short flight from just about anywhere.
One of the most stunning examples of this outdoor wonderland can be found in the Buitreras Canyon, siuated between Malaga and Cadiz. For those who would like nothing more than to spend a weekend away in the country, this serene slice of rural Spain hits the spot.
For those who like to comobine exploring the local landscape, a bit of bird watching and maybe even a little sport, a walking tour through the Buitreras Canyon is the perfect solution. Established as a natural park in 2003, this spectacular canyon was the result of the flow of the Guadiaro River through Jurrasic limestone, which rises 100 to 200 meters on either side.
Located in the Alcornocales Natural Park, between the mountains of Grazalema and Ronda, this canyon also offers the chance to take in some of the region’s rich culture and architecture, including beautiful white Andalucian villages, their quaint narrow streets and splashes of lively color from flower hung from windows and balconies.
This rocky gorge provides a 4km canyon that can be explored with family or friends or if a guiding hand is preffered, with a tour or organized group. This will take place on Saturday, November 3rd and will be organized by the Cortes de la Frontera municipality.
In addition to the canyon’s undenaible beauty, it is also home to some of Andalucia’s specatuclar local wildlife, most notably the enormous Griffon Vulture. Colonies of the Girffon call the Buitreras Canyon home, growing to 10 or more kilos and up to two meters long with open wings, larger than even the Imperial Eagle.
Its most striking feature is the crown of feathers covering its body, giving it the name of ‘tawny’. So visitors should not forget to take good binoculars to observe these majestic birds in circles high above.
Far below, visitors to the canyon can find the area’s other species, which include the elusive otter swimming through the nearby pools and over waterfalls, as well as thrushes, robins, swifts and even foxes. These many animals can be found making their way through the reigon’s striking local flora and fauna throughout the oak force. Making one’s way through the natural surroundings, exploreres can catch glimpses of accents of mastic, carob, junipers, thyme and cistus. However, what remains most impressive the rare local palm, which is Europe’s only native example of the palm family.
Finally, hikers can finish their day with a visit to the so-called “Bridge of the Germans”, which is actually a water pipe hung 60 meters in the sky in 1928, but offers breath-taking vantage point to view the local surroundings.
The options for exploring the Sierra de Grazalema are many and varied, so just book accommodation in Hotel Fuerte Grazalema, immersed in a fantastic forest of oaks in the village of the same name. It is a natural paradise ideal for those relaxing days in contact with nature.
If you are interested in taking part in the tour through the Natural Park, on Saturday November 3rd, the local municipality has organized a walking route for only 12 euros. For more information, you can write email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.