What to do and what to see in Grazalema

Grazalema is the exponent of the traditional architecture of the White Villages of the Sierra de Cádiz, linked to a singular place, which is part of the White Villages Route. This area has the highest rainfall index in Spain.

History of Grazalema

Grazalema arises in the Andalusi era. Its origin is related to the settlement by the contours of settlers of the Berber tribe of the Saddina. Currently, tourism represents one of its main sources of income generation, playing in this sense the rural houses in Grazalema a very important role.

The name of Grazalema is already a consolidated tourism brand. Due to its policy of promotion, investments in infrastructure and tourist facilities and the respect that has prevailed in the urban area with a traditional and harmonious architectural style. This municipality also has a small village, Benamahoma. The urban area of Grazalema is one of the most beautiful and attractive of Andalusia, used by many travelers to stay in any of the rural houses of Grazalema.

In addition to tourism, its economy is based on the development of the textile industry, with the manufacture of thick blankets for export.

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What to see in Grazalema

Grazalema has different attractions to enjoy when making a visit to this museum.

Parochial Church of Our Lady of the Encarnación: Of principles of the 17th century and of Mudejar origin. Consisting of thick load-bearing walls with interior pilasters and 12 rectangular central pillars.

Church of San Juan: Related to an old consecrated mosque after the conquest of Christian worship. It was built in the seventeenth century and is composed of three naves, of which the plant is taller and wider than the side.

Church of Our Lady of the Aurora: Without a doubt, the monumental building more representative, original and outstanding of the Historical Site. It dates from the 18th century and follows a Roman Baroque architecture.

Viewpoint Port of the Boyar: It has beautiful views to the Boyar Corridor. A part we can find a landscape of Spanish firs, which can only be found in the Sierra de las Nieves, Sierra Bermeja and Morocco.

Port of the Pigeons: This is a mountain pass in the Sierra de Grazalema, quite prone to receive snowfall. On the road there is a sign indicating that it is 1357 meters above sea level, but that altitude is erroneous since it has been verified and compared with the peak of Cerro Coros of greater height and that it has approximately 1330 meters of altitude, it has been concluded that It is about 1180 meters high.

Port of the Boyar: It is another mountain pass, with 1103 meters above sea level that separates the Sierra del Pinar with the Sierra del Endrinal.

Dolmen of the Giant: Located in a private and fenced farm, bounded by an olive grove. Which means that as much as possible is that you have to content yourself with seeing it from a fence.

Lacilbula: This is an ancient Roman city very close to the Guadalete River. The amount of archaeological remains shows that in the past he enjoyed an important activity.

Other interesting attractions are: the Town Hall, the Hermitage of the Angels, the monument to the Rope Bull and the Fountain of the Square of Spain.

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What to do in Grazalema

At the time of visiting Grazalema you can achieve the realization of the activities we propose and liven up this form the visit.

Signposted trail El Pinsapar: It goes through an environment full of Spanish firs that are the main reason why the Sierra de Grazalema is declared a Biosphere Reserve and Natural Park. The trail begins in what is known as Las Canteras or Los Areneros and gradually goes deeper into the Port of the Summits.

Recreational area Los Llanos of the Campo: One of the most extensive areas of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park where you can enjoy a large oak and holm oaks environment. From here, different trails start, such as El Tesorillo, Llanos del Berral and Arroyo of the Descansadero. It has all the details, batteries of barbecues, tables with benches and even goals that offer the possibility of playing football, however it does not have drinking water.

Signposted trail El Tesorillo: This trail leads along a path that was formerly used by people from the sierra. In it you can see different varieties of birds such as the blue tit, the tit, the finch, the hawk, the blue climber, the jay, the woodpecker, the myth, the wren and sometimes a griffon vulture.

Signposted trail Llanos of the Berral: On this trail we will discover some monuments such as the Aznalmara Castle and others of natural origin such as the gall. Sometimes you can see a deer running through the forest.

Signposted trail Arroyo of the Descansadero: Passes along the Descansadero stream, through which we will cross the Descansadero fountain. On this trail we can see gall oaks, holm oaks and carob trees with respect to vegetation and birds such as the nightingale, the blackbird, the saithe, the finch, the myth, the robin, the jay, the hoopoe, the griffon vulture, the kite or the eagle. Also in this area you can see ginetas, mongoose and badgers.

Signposted trail Llanos of the Rabel: Part from near the Port of Los Acebuches and enters a Spanish firs forest on paths with dense Mediterranean vegetation. You can observe different species of birds such as the griffon vulture, the common goshawk, the common hawk, the blue climber, the blue tit, the titmouse, the finch, etc.

Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park: It serves as an excellent point of support to undertake a tour through several locations that stand out among the most charming of the Andalusian region. Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, it has different enclaves of great value and beauty such as: El Pinsapar and the Forest in the Majaceite River Gallery, among others. The curiosities are extended by the surroundings suitable for all kinds of excursions and walks. From the Door of the Villa, an old road of Roman origin descends through the valley embedded along a pleasant and short journey ideal for walkers who prefer to take it easy.

The Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park has a very rugged karst landscape, due to the abundant rainfall throughout the year with numerous canyons, chasms, caves, siphons, etc. The Complex of the Hundidero-Gato, the biggest chasm of Andalusia and the Cave of the Pileta, are well known, and it conserves very important cave paintings, which belong to the Paleolithic period.

Museum of blankets factory: It is an old ship on the outskirts of the town where the old machines that were used in the textile industry of Grazalema. It is a free museum and does not have a guided tour.

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Traditional festivals in Grazalema

Among the different festivities celebrated in Grazalema, we can find the following:

Major Festivals of Grazalema: Held at the end of august. In those days you can enjoy the different attractions, for the day of different games, in the afternoon of the heifers and at night you can have a good time in the municipal booth of Los Asomaderos or the party "El Tajo".

Pilgrimage of San Isidro: It is celebrated the last sunday of may, in the Riverside of Gaidovar.

Evening of El Carmen: It takes place in mid-july in commemoration of the Virgin of El Carmen. This festivity begins with two nights of flamenco, continues with a party, until monday with the Toro de Cuerda.

Virgin of the Angels: Celebrated in september, it moves to the Virgin of the Angels to the hermitage where it is throughout the year.

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Gastronomy of Grazalema

Among the typical delicacies of Grazalema are the "menao" or gazpacho of San Miguel, the goose stuffed with perillos, the merino lamb stew, the pinsapar carriages, the stew of beans, the sloe brandy, the “amarguillos”, the stew of tagarninas, the asparagus soup, the almond bun, the Filomena cheeses, the tagarninas fritters, the empanadillas, the maimones soup, the Grazalema soup, the goblets and the cheese skewer with almonds.

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