SIERRA DE GRAZALEMA
EMBALSE DE ZAHARA-SIERRA
- El Bosque-Benamahoma: It is a 4.5 Km's route of easy transit. It follows the course of the Majaceite river through a footpath that goes by a forest in gallery of 90 different sort of trees, flowers and bushes, crossing bridges of great beauty. Throughout the journey we found ruins of old constructions: “martinetes”, flour mills and “batanes”.
- Sierra of Albaicin: It is a 3 Km's forest trail. It has a magnificent pine grove from whose top it is possible to be enjoyed impressive sights of the region. In this pathway you’ll find the launch emplacement of the hang-glider and paragliding.
- Fishermen’s Way: It is a 2.5 Km’s journey. It begins next to the Majaceite river, and connects with Benamahoma's footpath, then passes through the botanical garden and the Classroom of the Nature until arriving at the Visitor's Centre.
- Pedriza's trail: It is a 6.5 Km's easy footpath. It starts on the Barriada de la Vega following the channel of the river and finishes at the Pedriza's place.
Hang-glider and Paragliding:
There are a launch emplacement of hang-glider and paragliding to 2.5 Km, at the Albarracín mountain. The qualifying proofs for the championship of Andalusia are celebrated here.Fishing :
If you want to fish trouts in the Majaceite river it is obligatory to request permission. The time to fish trouts begins the third Sunday of May and finishes the 31 of August. Another activities:The forest area that ranges from the strait of Gibraltar to Zahara's reservoir, of more than 220,000 hectares where the canoeing can be practiced it has an enormous natural richness.
The most southern town of this route on horseback is Alcalá de los Gazules, from which one cross the environs of the famous sierra of the Aljibe (1,092 meters), than during many years it was brigands' refuge.
It’s land of birds of prey, it is very important the presence of the two greater eagles of the Iberian fauna, the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) and the imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca), also the vultures and the “águila culebrera” a snake eagle (Circaetus gallicus) are sawn in this zone, ones in search of carrions and others capturing reptiles.
Ubrique, under the Atochar hills ( 1,149m ) and the Algarrobal hills ( 979m ) is a famous town for its excellent works of leather goods, many of them destined to the horse harnesses, also has an important historic and monumental legacy. In the zone known as the jump of the Moorish woman are the ruins of the city of Occurrís, of Iberian and Phoenician origin.
To the north of Ubrique remains El Bosque, in whose river of equal name the trout abounds. Close to this town is Higuerón of Tavizna, the nature classroom that it enables a better understanding of the characteristics of the region. In the Albarracin's sierra, at southeast of the town, flights in paragliding and hang glider can be carried out.
To the east of El Bosque is Grazalena the town that gives name to the natural park. It is simple and pleasing to ride a horse in this pasturage, in the sierra of the Pinar and in the ones of the Cumbres where there are the most important “pinsapar” (a fir forest) that exists in the Iberian Peninsula. Next to the “pinsapos” (Abies pinsapo) some copies of maple can be seen (Acer granatense), as well as the bush Daphne laureola that, according to the legend, remains united for ever to the maple by a tragic history of love.
Grazalema's surroundings are very attractive in a botanical point of view as much as the wildlife. Besides the “pinsapo”, that itself already possesses enough interest, there are the Viola demetria and the laburnum (Adenocarpus decorticans), this last one in the sierra of the Endrinal, in the south. Among the animals it is pertinent to emphasize the presence of the deer (Cervus elaphus) and the wild mountain goat (Capra pyrenaica hispanica).
Zahara de la Sierra is sited at northern tip of the natural park, close to Zahara's reservoir. The Zahara’s reservoir collects the Guadalete river's waters, born in the Peñón Grande, very near to Grazalema.
In the vicinity is the zone known as Garganta Verde, an enclave of spectacular landscapes dominated by the verticality of the rock. Its skies are adorned often with the majestic silhouette of the tawny vulture (Gyps fulvus), that possesses in this park one of the most abundant European colonies.