Grazalema: Hiking, Culture and Cuisine in Andalucia
Hiking is widely known as one of the most popular sports in Europe. The varied nature of the geography of the European continent allows hikers to explore a fantastic array of locations full of culture, natural splendors and geographical richness. However, as the cold, winter months arrive, this outdoor practice becomes complicated – even impossible – in some parts of Northern Europe. This does not occur, however, in southern places like Andalucia where winter is the ideal season to fully enjoy the trails.
In Andalucia, there are several destinations that offer this possibility, though one in particular stands out – The Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. This mountainous region is situated in the westernmost Cordillera Subbetica, located near the Strait of Gibraltar, allowing truly unique conditions.
The position of these mountains help create a western wall to guard against the moisture-laden winds from the Atlantic Ocean, creating storms complete with heavy rains. This moisture mixes with the mild Mediterranean temperatures to create the park’s distinct flora and particular array of plant species. The proximity to Africa also makes this one of Europe’s most spectacular places for birdwatching.
Ronda In 20 Minutes
This Southern Spanish park offers an abundance of natural treasures, all accessible by well-marked trails, offering varied levels of difficulty. Grazalema trekkers will also be surprised by the beauty of the while villages surrounding the park. In particular, Grazalema is home to one of the country’s most well-preserved villages, displaying typical Andalusian architecture and features – Ronda. This romantic Andalusian city is located only about 20 minutes away by car. Visitors can also easily access other local towns, including Zahara de la Sierra, Ubrique Olvera Montejaque, both of which are very close.
Visiting foodies will also find plenty to celebrate with famous cheeses like ‘Payoyo’, wines of the Serrania de Ronda, cooked mushrooms and other local delicacies all available at ridiculously low prices. Together with a unique outdoor, sporty way of life, this unique local cuisine help make Grazalema a special destination winter, spring or fall.