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2016 New year walking and nature holiday

Wildside Holidays has a few placed left for our 2015/2016 new years walking and nature holiday.

SUNDAY 27TH DECEMBER 2015  TO SATURDAY 2ND JANUARY 2016

Following on from the success and popularity of our mixed guided and self guided trips this holiday consists of 3 guided and 2 self guided walks in the stunning Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park.

Accommodation in a centrally located hotel in the beautiful village of Grazalema, breakfast, picnics and evening meals with wine included. The night of new years eve is a very lively celebration here in Grazalema so on the 31st we have a new years special menu supplied by our favorite restaurant in Grazalema, the Meson Simancon.

Please contact clive@grazalemaguide.com for more information as soon as possible to ensure you send out the old and bring in the new year with us here in Grazalema.

November – EARLY WINTER – Landscapes, Spanish Ibex, wintering and resident birds.

On a clear, crisp day the rewards are high in the mountains. Walking along a narrow path surrounded by mature trees, you will be steadily gaining in height, take a moment to look back over the valleys and white villages, now scattered beneath. The vistas will have you stopping at every turn to breathe them in. Above is an array of rugged peaks and grazing on the slopes, camouflaged amongst the rocks and shrubs, are Spanish Ibex. The males are standing proud as the test begins to see which one will become head of the herd. Continue reading November – EARLY WINTER – Landscapes, Spanish Ibex, wintering and resident birds.

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

Flowering plants – June in the Sierra de Grazalema, Andalusia

During late May and into June temperatures start to rise as springtime turns quickly to summer. Road side verges are full of flowering plants in all colours and cereal fields turn bright red with poppies and yellow with false fennel. As the weeks progress, spring blooms will be turning to seed and the golden browns of summer will begin to dominate the lower landscapes. However the later flowering of the higher altitude mountainous plants means that there is still plenty to discover in what is known as the ‘hedgehog zone’ describing plants with a dwarf and prickly form. Continue reading Flowering plants – June in the Sierra de Grazalema, Andalusia

February – Plants of the month

February Wildflowers are always a welcome sight, especially through the winter months, as coupled with the birds beginning to sing they show us that spring is near. Almond trees in blossom are the most noticeable in shades of pink and white, along with the Paperwhite narcissus, Branched asphodels and Broad-leaved iris as each can create swathes of colour across pastures. The much smaller flowered Andaluz storksbill and field marigolds also cover  large areas in pink and golden yellow. Continue reading February – Plants of the month