Internationally known to nature lovers, the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park is beautiful at any time of the year. As well as the stunning scenery, the mountain range is adorned by popular Andalusian White Villages which boast a combination of picturesque views, multiple footpaths, tourist information centers, museums, shops, bars, restaurants, hotels, and privately-owned rural accommodation for those seeking more seclusion. There is also the option of Guided wildlife tours in the The Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park.
What is the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park best known for?
- Spanish Fir Trees (Abies pinsapo) a living relict from the tertiary era which have continued to grow in 3 forests in SW Andaluciá.
- Grazalema Poppy (Papaver rupifragum) one of the wild plant species that we share with North Africa.
- A variety of terrestrial wild orchids. (Around 40 species)
- Spanish Ibex (Capra pyrenaica) a well camouflaged wild mountain goat.
- Soaring eagles, vultures, and a wide selection of birdlife.
- A large number of footpaths cover varied habitats, including cork oak forest, riverside gallery, limestone mountain peaks, gorges, caves, and cliffs.
- Mild winters with high rainfall statistics, and hot Mediterranean summers, making a perfect combination for some unusual plant species.
In a natural park of over 51,000 hectares, how do you know where to go?
Would you prefer to have someone else do the research for you?
”Nature Plus – Grazalema” is a friendly nature guiding service that offers tailored 1/2 day or full day routes to individuals or small groups.
This gives you the opportunity to be specific about what you would like to see. Popular requests include; orchids, butterflies, wildflowers, birds, dragonflies, amphibians & reptiles. Also figuring importantly on wish lists are; general nature, mixed habitats & impressive views.
A major benefit is that you are not being urged to constantly catch up with a large, noisy group. You can relax, take photos and you’ll get to see so much more and at a gentle pace. You’ll also be able to ask questions as we go, as your guide is close by.
Sue Eatock is originally from the UK and has lived in Grazalema since 2005, where she has specialized in the fauna and flora of the area. This is a hobby that has turned into a business, so her passion for the local nature shines through.
Why have a guide at all?
With a guide, you will experience so much more, without having to put in hours of research, carry maps, or worry about the most suitable route.
As an example, let’s imagine for a moment that you would love to see the endemic Grazalema poppy (Papaver rupifragum). Where should you look for it, which month, and what time of day is best? This is when a local guide is a huge asset, taking you to exactly the right place.
If you are exploring the area over a few days, one day out with a guide will show you what to look for, where, and help you to identify what you are seeing.
Find out more about Sue and what Nature plus – Grazalema can do to help you get the best out of a visit to the Sierra de Grazalema here: https://wildsideholidays.co.uk/nature-plus-grazalema/
The Grazalema Guide
The best way to see all our web projects in one place is over at the Grazalema Guide.
The Grazalema Guide – Tourist Information Portal for the Sierra de Grazalema, Wildside Holidays, The town of Ronda and the Caminito del Rey.