Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park

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In the northeastern part of the province of Cadiz lie the mountainous Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, one of the most beautiful green areas in Andalusia, and the Pueblos Blancos, its typical towns of whitewashed houses. The park extends for 57 thousand hectares and is ideal for those who wish to relax with excursions among enchanting landscapes, valleys, gorges, streams and rocky peaks.

The park, one of the most spectacular karst complexes in Spain, also offers numerous opportunities for fun for lovers of sport climbing, paragliding, caving, canyoning and kayaking. The park extends until it reaches the province of Malaga, where the famous Cueva de la Pileta in Benaoján is located.



Here you can also find the Green Throat, a narrow valley whose walls reach an altitude difference of 400 meters, the complex of caves and underground systems of Hundidero-Gato, the Giganta dolmen, near the Montejaque pass, the Arab castle of Zahara and the Roman ruins of Ocuri.

The villages of the Park

The Forest

The village of El Bosque is located about 30 kilometers from Arcos de la Frontera and is located at the foot of the wooded Sierra de Albarracin, reachable by pleasant paths.

Grazalema

Grazalema is an enchanting town with characteristic red-roofed houses, at the foot of the Penon Grande mountain, much loved by climbing lovers. In the center of the village is the beautiful Plaza de Espana with the eighteenth-century Iglesia de la Aurora. Grazalema is the ideal base for those wishing to set out to explore the Sierra.

Zahara de la Sierra

Zahara de la Sierra is located on the slopes of a rocky spur on which rise the ruins of an ancient castle from 1100. The location is very scenic but to reach it you have to cross the impervious Puerto de los Palomos, at 1331 meters above sea level. .



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