Now that the Sierra de las Nieves has been decalared a National Park, there are 16 stunning national parks in Spain to visit. Ten are in the Iberian Peninsula, four are in the Canary Islands and one is in the Balearic Islands. National parks are different to natural parks in that the area they cover is predominantly wilderness with less human impact in their history and evolution. Natural parks on the other hand are areas of outstanding natural beauty and biodiversity that have also been shaped in someway by human occupation, agriculture etc.
It goes without saying that they are obvious destinations for wildlife enthusiasts like myself but until one visits one or all of these parks it is hard to imagine the incredibly biodiversity of these areas located on the iberian peninsular and Spanish islands.
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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?
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.
Tailored nature and cultural tours in the Sierra de Grazalema
Nature Plus – Grazalema is based in the picturesque white village of Grazalema in southwest Andalusia. The village is known for its white-washed houses, clay-tiled roofs, steep cobbled streets, traditional architecture, and deeply rooted cuisine.
To complete the idyllic setting, Grazalema is surrounded by rugged limestone mountains which form part of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. With good reason, this was the first area to receive Natural Park status as you can see when walking the many stunning footpaths in the area.
This protected area holds a wealth of flora & fauna in diverse habitats, and of course with amazing views as a backdrop.
Your local guide at Nature Plus – Grazalema is Sue Eatock. Originally from the UK, she has lived in Grazalema since 2005 and specializes in the wild plants and animals of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park’.
Guided tours and day trips
All tours are flexible and can be adapted to suit your needs and abilities
Prices are on request and include Insurance
NATURE: Some of the options available for individuals or groups
A gentle nature amble of 2 or more hours.
A botanical tour taking in various habitats.
Mountain route with wonderful views, looking out for Spanish Ibex & Griffon vultures.
Searching for target species of plant, butterfly, bird, etc.
PLUS: Also available
Guided cultural tour of Grazalema village.
Guided circular route to visit both Zahara de la Sierra & Grazalema villages pausing to appreciate the beautiful mountain scenery from ‘Puerto de las Palomas’ and to see the endemic species of Spanish fir tree Abies pinsapo.
AND MORE: Need to unwind?
Reduce your stress by connecting with nature. Sue is qualified to take you through breathing techniques and simple meditations to help you relax while focusing on beautiful natural surroundings.
Universal energy therapy for individuals (non-contact channeled energy therapy). You don’t need to be spiritual, hypersensitive or anything along those lines to benefit from an energy healing treatment. We humans, tend to store unpleasant memories or trauma deep within. This negative ‘baggage’ can have an impact on the functionality of your body. Universal energy therapy can help you to optimize your health and wellbeing, by balancing the emotional energy of your body, and so assist in physical healing.
Whats new at Wildside Holidays? Three new excellent companies added to Wildside Holidays. Based in Spain and offering cycling, walking, hiking and more!
Work is ongoing at our other websites as well (see below) and after all the confusion and stress of the coronavirus hopefully things will return to a kind of normal sometime soon.
Right now it s upwards of 40 degrees in the Sierra de Grazalema and by 11am its too hot for all that walking and cycling! However its a good excuse to sit inside in the shade with a cold beer and write some articles for our websites. 🙂