HIKING TRAILS IN GRAZALEMA: AN UNFORGETTABLE NATURE EXPERIENCE
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this hidden corner of Andalucía Biodiversity is home to rare and exciting species of plants and animals, including the Spanish fir and the elusive vulture. It’s widely known that Grazalema, situated near Ronda, is home to one of the most spectacular examples of fir forests. However, what is less commonly known is that it is also host to another incredible Spanish treasure – Pueblos Blancos, or White Villages.
As you many know, the Pueblo Blancos, or White Villages, get their name from the white facades, painted with a shade that helps retain heat. These homes are set on narrow streets lined with geraniums and bougainvillea, but above all joy, charm and cosy corners to savour the region’s exquisite cuisine. This is a special place where payoyo cheese reigns supreme – a treat so delicious it would be a sin to miss.
Ultimately though, Grazalema is an authentic paradise for lovers of nature and outdoor activities, including hiking and rural exploring thanks to a mild and comfortable temperatures throughout the year. This exceptional climate allows visitors of all ages to enjoy horseback riding, biking along greenways, white-water rafting, hiking quietly through the countryside. This is truly an adventure for the whole family.
To make the most of this truly spectacular corner of Southern Spain in the short time visitors often have for holidays, Fuerte Hotels established the Fuerte Grazalema. Here, guests have the chance for a true getaway as a couple, family or group of friends. For this purpose, the Fuerte Grazalema has announced a special hiking offer that includes everything, including accommodation with a breathtaking mountain view, car rental, meals and even guided tours. Ready to get started?
ROUTE BENAOJÁN And MONTEJAQUE
The first route accessible from the Hotel Fuerte Grazalema is a circular path that passes by the Llanos del Republicano, Llanos de Libar, Las Escaleretas, Benaoján y Montejaque. Along this path, trekkers can follow old bandit trails across cork and pine forests and along a winding river. This offers medium to high difficulty for travellers, offering a wide variety of vegetation, bird watching and stunning views of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park.
Another route included in the package is the Grazalema Circular path, offering a 7.5km walking area around the border of the picturesque village of Grazalema. From here, guests can find highlights, including the El Corredor del Boyar, a natural geometric centre, a central historic district and the division of the province and the Cádiz Bay, not to mention glimpses of many species of birds of prey.
RUTA AL PINSAPAR, RABEL PLAINS Ó GARGANTA VERDE
This last choice offers three different options for travellers to explore Grazalema – the Pinsapar Trail, the Rabel Plain or the Garganta Verde.
On the Pinsapar, hikers follow a trail that runs along the northern slope of the Sierra del Pinar, offering stunning views of the beautiful fir forests. Along the Rabel Plains trail, trekkers begin in the El Puerto de los Acebuches and run parallel to the Ballesteros stream and along the northern slope of the Cerro el Montón. Visitors should especially be on the lookout for magnificent views and sightings of royal eagles, soaring hawks and snakes down below.
La Garganta Verde offers a decidedly different point of entry with a path cut forty meters deep by the Pinar River. Along the way, hikers can take in commentary and history of the area as they make their way to towards the Ermita Cave. They can also catch a glimpse of a member of the Griffon vulture colony that live there.
If you love nature and are looking for a way to truly disconnect, look no further than the Hotel Fuerte Grazalema, offering the ideal way to enjoy the majesty of the mountains without the stress of planning at one of Andalucía’s most respected lodging experiences.
Fuerte Hotels is a hotel chain with seven locations and a vacation apartment establishment situated in the Spanish cities of Marbella, Estepona, Torrox, Conil, Grazalema and El Rompido. This hotel chain is mainly characterized by its concern for tourism excellence, environment preservation, continuous training for their employees and its commitment with social and cultural development.