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Sierra de Grazalema

from £875
The Sierra de Grazalema, offers a wealth of walking trails, to rugged limestone peaks, through verdant mountain pastures filled with flowers in the spring and between delightful mountain villages
Added Value Offer Wine included with all dinners

The village of Grazalema, nestling in a valley at 823m, is surrounded by beautiful and protected wooded mountains and rolling sierras, and is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque in Andalucia. Traditional whitewashed houses, narrow, steep cobblestone streets and picturesque vistas greet the visitor. The village lies within a natural park, the Sierra de Grazalema, which offers a wealth of walking trails, to rugged limestone peaks, through verdant mountain pastures filled with flowers in the spring and between delightful mountain villages such as Benaocaz and Benamahoma.

The extraordinary microclimate of the Grazalema region makes the Sierra region one of the most ecologically important in Spain. Mountains rise to over 1500m providing some beautiful scenery and highlights include the Sierra del Pinar, with its rare Pinsapo pines and spectacular views; ‘Goatherd’s Leap’, where you can often see many birds of prey and the varied and dramatic mountainous scenery as we cross the Sierra del Endrinal. The variety of terrain and scenery in such a small area is quite remarkable and is ideal for offering a two leader, two grade walking programme.

Grazalema provides a wonderful mix of walks in excellent countryside with returning to a traditional Spanish village each evening. Ronda, which sits atop the dramatic Tajo gorge, is close by and well worth a visit, not only for walking but also for the history, architecture and views.


You might also like to take a look at our one week holiday Sierra de las Nieves or why not extend your stay by combining both one week holidays and discover Natural Parks of Southern Spain

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk in contrasting terrain and explore the dramatic mountainous scenery including the Sierra del Pinar, with its rare Pinsapo pines and spectacular views.
  • Take the opportunity to walk at two grades with two leaders making the most of the varied terrain.
  • Walk between delightful mountain villages such as Benaocaz and Benamahoma.
  • Explore Grazalema's narrow cobbled streets, and discover the traditional whitewashed houses.
  • Surround yourself with rolling sierra views.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Malaga (British Airways, Easyjet or Charter)
      Airport transfers
      Half board en suite accommodation with local wines with dinner
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4 and 6

  1. Day 1

    We arrive into Malaga airport and transfer by coach into the Andalucian countryside to the small village of Grazalema. Located in the Sierra de Grazalema, the village is a perfect base for exploring a green region of southern Spain. We stay at the Hotel Villa de Grazalema for seven nights' accommodation. Depending on our arrival time today, we may have an orientation walk of the village before dinner.

  2. Day 2 to 7

    The extraordinary microclimate of the Grazalema region makes the Sierra region one of the most ecologically important in Spain. Mountains rise to over 1500m providing some beautiful scenery and highlights include the Sierra del Pinar, with its rare Pinsapo pines and spectacular views; ‘Goatherd’s Leap’, where you can often see many birds of prey and the varied and dramatic mountainous scenery as we cross the Sierra del Endrinal. The variety of terrain and scenery in such a small area is quite remarkable and is ideal for offering a two leader, two grade walking programme. Each day, there will be a grade 4 and a grade 6 walk on offer, quite often following the same route, but with added transport for the grade 4 walk, making this within grade. 

    Following are the walks we plan to offer during the week. 

    GRAZALEMA TO ZAHARA A long, pleasant and fairly easy cross country walk from Grazalema to the hilltop village of Zahara with its spectacular Moorish castle. Grade 6 walk all the way from the hotel with a 400m ascent and total length of 16 kilometres. Grade 4 will take taxis from hotel to start at the Fuente de Aguafria  and reduces the ascent to 250m and the total length to 13.5 kilometres, while still offering  some of the finest walking on the route. Both groups return together by coach from Zahara

    GRAZALEMA TO BENAMAHOMA Grade 6 walkers follow the famous route of the Pinsapos across the restricted area of Natural Park, climbing steeply from Grazalema to the pass at Puerto de las Cumbres and then descending by a long easy track to Benamahoma. Approx. 15 kilometres, with 500 metres ascent and 800 metres descent. Grade 4 take taxis to shorten the initial steep ascent taking  250m of ascent and 2kms off the walk. Both groups return by coach from Benamahoma.

    GRAZALEMA TO MONTEJAQUE A wonderful cross country walk through wild and dramatic scenery in the Sierra de Zurraque. Straightforward terrain underfoot offering remote walking. Grade 6 walks all the way from Grazalema, 16 kilometres, 350m ascent, 400m descent. Grade 4 by taxi to Puerto de los Alamillos on the A-372 taking 250m and 2.5kms off the walk. Both groups return by coach from Montejaque.

    GRAZALEMA TO BENOACAZ VIA ENDRINAL For Grade 6 walkers, this is a challenging traverse on tough mountain terrain linking Grazalema to the charming village of Benoacaz. 13 kilometres and 550 metres ascent and descent. The grade 4 walk is an alternative, less commiting circular path, in the same area offering the beautiful meadows of llanos de Endrinal and returning to Grazalema in the afternoon. Still a little rocky underfoot but relatively short at 10kms and 400m of ascent.

    GRAZALEMA TO VILLALENGUA DEL ROSARIO Grade 6 crosses the dramatic Sierra del Endrinal by a challenging route through holm oak forest and bare limestone pavements. Rough walking underfoot but the marvellous scenery makes the effort worthwhile. 15 kilometres, 550 metres ascent and descent. Grade 4 walkers reach Villalengua by an attractive, lower and more pastoral route through the meadows of Pagalalana east of the Endrinal. 13 kilometres, 250 metres ascent and descent. Both groups return by bus or coach.

  3. Day 8

    After breakfast, we make our way back to Malaga airport for our return flight.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Malaga (British Airways, Easyjet or Charter)
  • Arrival transfers by road c.1hr30mins
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats. 

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Villa de Grazalema

The Villa de Grazalema is a short walk from the centre of the village, which is surrounded by Sierra del Endrinal Mountains. Traditional regional cuisine is offered in the hotel restaurant and there is a cafe/bar with a terrace overlooking the village. Rooms are all en suite with air conditioning, and balcony or terrace offering mountain views. There is also an outdoor swimming pool at the hotel.


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