Sierra de Grazalema : a wonderful place to visit.
How to get to Grazalema?
What is the best road to get to Grazalema, a question we are often asked by tourists. We know that visitors want to find the best possible route to avoid the curves, so heavy when you are not used to them. This is impossible. To get to Grazalema whether from Cadiz, Seville or Malaga the last stretch is always curvy.
The last half hour of curves is non-negotiable. Its location in the middle of the Sierra and 900 metres above sea level make Grazalema a privileged place for the natural beauty of the surroundings, the only downside is that you have to be a little patient with the car… You can’t have everything: nature and good communications.
From Malaga it takes two hours and from Cadiz or Seville an hour and a half more or less. The last 20 minutes of curves are unavoidable wherever you come from.
Region of Los Pueblos Blancos
In the mountains of Cadiz is the region of the white villages in which a multitude of localities are encompassed that are characterised by their white facades and walls. There are two theories about the origin of this peculiarity that characterises Grazalema and that characterises the area.
List of White Villages in Andalusia
The list of white villages in the Sierra de Cádiz (according to wikipedia) is quite extensive and consists of the following: Grazalema, Zahara de la sierra, Setenil, Algodonales, Benamahoma, El bosque, Prado del rey, Puerto Serrano, Olvera, Arcos de la Frontera, Montecorto, Villaluenga, Benaocaz, Ubrique, Algar, Villamartín, Espera, el Gastor, Bornos, La Muela, Torrealhaquime, Ronda and Alcalá del Valle. All these villages are well worth a visit. Perhaps the most visited in Andalusia are Grazalema, Arcos de la Frontera, Setenil and Olvera. Ubrique if you are looking to buy leather handbags or purses.
Tourism in Benamahoma enjoys a very popular fiesta in the province of Cadiz. The fiesta of Moors and Christians in which many of the locals take sides and dress up as one or the other when the fair arrives at the beginning of August.
The route that links Benamahoma with El Bosque via the Majaceite River is one of the busiest in Andalusia. You don’t even have to wait for the good weather in spring or summer to do this hiking route which attracts many trail enthusiasts every weekend.
Another well-known route from Benamahoma goes through the Pinsapar, which starts at Puerto las Cumbres. This is a unique natural landscape that is within reach of very few routes, not only in the Sierra de Cádiz but also in the whole of Spain. It is a visit only possible in months when there is no danger of fire. You have to ask for permission in advance (several days in advance) at the tourist office to gain access. The forest rangers will prevent us from entering the trail if we are not properly documented. It is necessary to regulate visits in order to avoid overcrowding and disturbance of the wild flora and fauna.