5 fascinating hiking routes in the Sierra de Grazalema

Located between the provinces of Cadiz and Malaga, in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park covers an area of more than 53,000 hectares, including the characteristic Pueblos Blancos (White Villages) and different hiking trails, as well as many activities for all ages.

Let's take a look at the 5 best hiking routes to get lost in the nature of Sierra de Grazalema. Remember that it is the rainiest place on the Iberian Peninsula, which gives rise to unique natural landscapes that are well worth visiting.

River Majaceite

We start with this route, which is one of the easiest in the area. The difficulty of the route is low, it takes 1-2 hours to complete, it has a slope of 50 m and starts in the village of Benamahoma. A quiet path along the banks of the Majaceite River with leafy areas characteristic of the riverside forest ecosystem. You will be able to enjoy the waterfalls, leaps and pools that you will come across along the route, as well as old mill constructions. The best time to do it is after the rainy season, when the river is at its most plentiful and the river's attractions are a marvel to behold. 
 

Garganta Verde

Starting from the Puerto de los Acebuches, with a distance of 5km round trip and a difference in altitude of 260m, this route will take you 4 hours. The difficulty is easy and the views are not to be missed. Garganta Verde is a canyon that surrounds the river Bocaleones and is home to several colonies of griffon vultures. During this route, you can enjoy the changes in the landscape, from sedimentary rock to a landscape covered with trees and bushes, springs, and steps to make descending easier. It finishes when you reach a hermitage at the end of the path, known as La Garganta hermitage, which stands out for its majesty and its architecture of pink and green tones. If you are more adventurous, you can continue to the Bocaleones orchards and go canyoning, but for this you will need ropes and the desire to jump into the pools. 

El Pinsapar

This route starts at Km 17 on the Grazalema - Zahara de la Sierra road. It has a slope of 637 m and a distance of 12 km, which can be covered in 5 hours. The difficulty is medium, but you need a permit requested at the Visitor Centre of Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and is given at the time. However, it is advisable to ask for it in advance for long weekends and high season dates.

In winter you will see snow along this route, as well as a zig-zag pine forest that marks the route up to the Puerto de las Cumbres from where you can see the village of Grazalema and Ronda. During the walk you may be accompanied by griffon vultures in the air. 

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Salto del Cabrero

Starting in the Plaza de San Antón in Benaocaz and finishing in Puerto del Boyar, this route has a distance of 8.57 km and takes 5 hours to complete with a difference in altitude of 139m. It is recommended at any time of the year other than summer and the difficulty is medium, due to the orientation. On this route, we cross cobbled paths, cliffs and colonies of griffon vultures until we reach the Salto del Cabrero, an 80 m high fault whose name comes from a legend that says a goatherd managed to jump the 50 m wide fault. The landscape is a must-see. 

Charca Verde

We finish with this 13.67 km circular route that takes 5 hours to cover, a medium difficulty with a 724 m difference in altitude. It is recommended to do it in winter, autumn and spring. It starts with a climb up to the Pozo de las Presillas and, as you progress, you will be able to contemplate some amazing views from the summit of Los Navazuelos. When we reach Charca Verde we will see the lagoon with a mountainous profile worthy of admiration. The path is beautiful but it is not signposted, so we recommend that you check the way before you set off on this route. 

 

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