by Michael Madsen, your guide to the authentic
Grazalema is a sparkling white village with charming little restaurants and lovely shaded squares, all set against the imposing rocky backdrop of the Sierra de Grazalema. It is in Cadiz province, just a little to the north of Ronda in neighbouring Malaga province.
The mountains directly behind the village actually form part of a national park, featuring incredible rock formations with deep gorges, rivers, waterfalls, and even a lake. Several hiking routes run through this dramatic landscape: both the officially marked routes and the lesser-known trails which the more intrepid among you can find on Wikiloc, for example. The park is surprisingly uncrowded, with just the gushing river to break the silence of the mountains.
Come to Grazalema on a weekday in spring or autumn. Start the day with a coffee and a ‘bocadillo’ in the village square before setting out on a hike through the national park. Round the day off with a well-deserved late afternoon meal back in the village, and then sit back and watch twilight settle around the mountains. Just like the locals, but timed to avoid the crowds! If you are looking for an active nature getaway, with all the charm of a small village, Grazalema ticks both boxes in spades.
The whitewashed village of Grazalema
3 great options for where to stay near Grazalema:
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||La Mejorana. Remember that you found it on Autentical! Book it on
||Boabdil Guesthouse (Ronda). Remember that you found it on Autentical! Book it on
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