Category Archives: Sierra de Grazalema

Zahara de la Sierra, Pueblo Blanco in the Grazalema Natural Park

Nestled under the mountain that gives the village its name, Zahara de la Sierra is one of the pueblos blancos of Cadiz province, and is only 30 minutes drive from Ronda, or an hour from Jerez de la Frontera. Completely within the Grazalema Natural Park, and with the district’s largest lake at its base, as well as the beginnings of the Garganta Verde walk just outside the village, Zahara is rightly quite central to experiencing the Sierra de Cadiz.

Arriving in the village you are immediately struck by the sight of the fortress tower sitting on a narrow plateau at the top of the mountain rocks, and the white buildings wrapped around the mountain base which makes Zahara a popular village to photograph from afar with some of the best views being at the southern end of the lake on a clear blue sky day.

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The White Villages (Pueblos Blancos)

If you are staying in Ronda for a few days and have a car then you will want to get out and about to explore more villages in the area. The “Pueblos Blancos” or white villages encompass the north east of Cádiz and north west of Málaga provinces and this area is saturated in history with palaeolithic cave paintings, neolithic dolmens, bronze and copper age remains, Roman roads, Visigoth fountains and Moorish towers. For the most part, these tours take us through towns created during almost 800 years of Muslim settlement. Berber tribes arrived here in around 714, coming from similar mountainous terrain in Morocco. They chose easily defended sites and built watch towers as an early warning system against attack. All of which was needed as this area was a lasting frontier between the Muslim and Christian kingdoms. You can read more and print off the 3 driving white village routes at the Grazalema Tourist Information website.

If you don’t have a car then our very good friends over at Wildside Holidays can arrange a guided tour of some of the famous white villages of the area and can pick you up and drop you back to your hotel at the end of the day. Wildside Holidays also arrange nature orientated walking tours in the nearby Sierra de Grazalema.

La Playita – The Little Beach in the Mountains

Sometimes you just want to go to the beach, but staying near Ronda means a one and a half hour drive to the coast for the closest beach, however, not too far away at Zahara de la Sierra is La Playita at Arroymolinos, a fresh water pool made into a man-made beach.

From June until mid September the little beach is open, and is only a 25 minute drive from Ronda, or 10 minutes from Zahara de la Sierra or Montecorto. Located under Monte Prieto, the views of surrounding mountains make La Playita a truly isolated place, yet just a few minutes from civilization.

Why not reserve a night or two in Beautiful Zahara de la Sierra?

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Grazalema Cycling – Guided tours, Self Guided and Bike Hire.

Great to see a new cycling business opening up close to Ronda (in Grazalema…) Fantastic bikes and really well researched routes for all levels.

You can explore the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and its surroundings by bike and visit some of Andalucía’s famous white villages following the routes prepared for you. Or, let Grazalema Cycling guide you along the quiet roads and beautiful trails of the area. The choice is yours!

e bikes (battery assisted) are available and daily rates are very reasonable.

Are you in mechanical trouble whilst cycling in the area? Grazalema Cycling can help you out! as they have a bunch of the basics for both road bikes as well as mountain bikes in case you need it: inner tubes, tyres, chains, quick links, multi-tools, tyre levers, etc.

Grazalema Cycling Adventures
C/ Doctor Mateos Gago, 9
11610 Grazalema (Spain)

info@grazalemacycling.com
+34 956 132 186
+34 633 267 250
www.grazalemacycling.com

Restaurant – El Meson Simancon – Grazalema

So you are in Ronda for a few days (or just passing through) and want to get away to the mountains for a while? Just 40 minutes away by car is the stunning Sierra de Grazalema. Why not take a drive, enjoy the scenery and a wonderful afternoon or evening meal.

The Simancon restaurant is easy to find though in a somewhat unlikely location, on the edge of the main Grazalema car park and dining outside in summer is a very pleasant experience and an ideal place to sit, relax and watch the world go by.

The menu of salads & other starters, including several soups, offers more than adequate choice, ranging far beyond the normal fast food fare of chips and fried pork and includes superb venison steaks, wild rabbit and roasted lamb.

The waiting staff (Jesus, Patro and Cati) are friendly, helpful & attentive to everyone including vegetarian or other dietary needs so one is ever disappointed! First class wholesome food & good all round value.

If you need help to reserve a table because you can’t speak Spanish call me (Clive) on (0034) 681 14 70 24 or send me an email at clive@grazalemaguide.com and I will be very happy to make your reservation. RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST AS THIS PLACE FILLS UP FAST!

See the website for the Meson Simancon here…
http://mesonsimancon.com/

Guided excursions and white villages of the Sierra de Grazalema

You are discovering the white town and “City of Dreams” that is Ronda and will be amazed by the beautiful Puente Nuevo, the architecture and history, the Plaza de Toros. But, take a moment to enjoy the stunning views from the balcony behind the Parador and the Paseo de los Ingleses. The mountains in the near distance are known as the Sierra de Grazalema. One of Spain’s most famous natural parks. A fabulous location to spend time be it resting, walking, bird watching or photography.
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