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August flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema

This is a golden month, as most annual flowers have finished their colourful phase, produced their seed heads and dried completely to a straw colour. Although if you look in the right places there are still flowers to be found; watercourses, irrigated areas, animal watering troughs, damp meadows and high mountains will offer the best selection. However, this is also a good month to see insects such as dragonflies, mantis and bushcrickets! Continue reading August flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema

July flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema

There will be a marked difference between the first and second parts of this month as plants succumb to the heat and set their seeds. Areas that have held high moisture levels during the winter and spring will now come into their own with ribbons of bright pink Oleanders mapping the watercourses with Penny Royal and Apple Mint accompanying them. Climbing higher, aromatic herbs tucked into rock crevices in the mountains will be attracting bees and butterflies with their nectar rich blooms. Continue reading July flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema

A couple of new interesting companies added to Wildside Holidays.

We love Lucid, Holidays without alcohol
We love Lucid, Holidays without alcohol

Both based in the Ronda area of Western Andalucia it great to see these new holiday startups. I Love Lucid has a new concept of cultural, gastronomic and activity holidays without alcohol… Alcohol free holidays (thats holidays without alcohol not free alchol whilst you are on your holiday!)

 

edible bike tours
edible bike tours

Edible Bike Tours have combined a gastronomic experience in the Sierra de Grazalema close to Ronda with E-bikes to help you up those hills…

 

I wish both brilliant new startups the very best success!

See Edible Bike Tours here.

See We love Lucid here.

Flowering plants – May in the Sierra de Grazalema

Spring is in full swing during the month of May and the plants in flower are so numerous that it is difficult to choose which ones to mention here. You will see that the waysides and meadows hold a tremendous variety, pause to count how many species you can find in just one square metre! Note that there is a subtle difference between the flowering times in the sheltered valleys to that of the exposed higher pastures. Look below the featured plants here, to see a condensed list to whet your appetite! (Grouped by colour). Continue reading Flowering plants – May in the Sierra de Grazalema

The Best Paradors in Natural Parks of Spain

Founded in 1928 by order of King Alphonso XIII the Paradores of Spain are made up of medieval castles, Moorish fortresses, ancient monasteries, palaces and stately homes.

Many paradors are set in town and city centres whlst others are situated within large estates and stunning natural parks…. There are now over 90 paradors in Spain and they all have a commitment to environmental protection and cultural restoration projects which makes them an ideal addition to th Wildside Holidays project…

Most of Spain’s national and natural parks have a Parador close by… Doñana National Park, the Picos De Europa National Park, the Sierra de Cazorla Natural Park, the Parque National del Teide, The Sierra de Grazalema (Ronda)…These Paradors are situated perfectly for exploring some of the most stunning natural areas of Spain.

Read more to find out about our selected Parador list for exploring the nature and Wildlife of Spain with a bit of luxury added in… 🙂 Continue reading The Best Paradors in Natural Parks of Spain

Cork and its huge importance to the environment

Quercus suber is a type of evergreen oak tree native to the Mediterranean region. The tree has adapted to the problems of fire and drought in this area by growing a thicker bark as a protective layer. This outer layer of cork has many industrial uses and huge open forests have been developed to benefit from it in 7 countries bordering the Mediterranean sea – covering some 2.7 million hectares in Spain, Portugal, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia, and France. Continue reading Cork and its huge importance to the environment