Sierra de Grazalema Video Travel Guides

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Grazalema

Grazalema

While Grazalema is in Cádiz province it is a relatively short distance from Ronda. Today the village and surrounding area is popular with tourists and hill walkers, though in the 17th century the town developed a woollen business which continues today where one can buy the famous Grazalema Shawls. Otherwise throughout the centuries the economy was based on small farm holding and mountain reared sheep. The village is one of the Pueblos Blancos or White Towns of Andalusia, which are a number of towns and villages with white washed walls and red / brown rood tiles. The white buildings stand out in an otherwise dry landscape making them popular with tourists. Though the white washing of the buildings only seems to date back to the 1920s when the under the rule of dictator Miguel Primo de Rivera he decreed that villages and towns should have a uniform look.

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Further Reading on Wikipedia : Grazalema

Mountain Walk

Mountain Walk

Close to the town of Grazalema there are a number of signed mountain walks. The walk in this video is from Grazalema to Benamahoma and back.

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Zahara

Zahara

The town of Zahara close to Grazalema in the Andalusian hills is perched on a hill top overlooking a fertile valley and man-made reservoir. The town is a white town with mainly white washed buildings. At the highest point in the town is a castle which dominates the landscape. The castle was built in Moorish times, when the whole region was controlled by the Moors which lasted till 1425. .

Further Reading on Wikipedia : Zahara de la Sierra

Grazalema to Benaoján

Grazalema to Benaoján

The region is mountainous karst landscape – along the drive one passes a number of unusual mountain formations, where the limestone has been eroded away by wind and weather erosion. Within the mountains there are a number of discovered caves and many more waiting to be discovered. .

River Walk

River Walk

The Rio Guadiaro flows below the town of Benaoján and continues to flow through a valley till it reaches the sea at Algeciras, the train line from Ronda follows the course of this river as does a good walking path. In the mountains close to the town there are a number of caves open to the public. The Cave of the Bathing Pool is the most well-known due to the large number prehistoric paintings dating from the Upper Palaeolithic, the cave has been declared National Monument of Rock Art. The paintings should be seen, rather than just rambling paintings or drawings over a long period of time, but as having a spiritual significance, where the drawings of animals may have been sacred and drawn to protect the animals over long period of time. .

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Copyright Moving Postcards Aug 22 2016

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