Lately those of us living in Southern Spain have been blessed to be kissed by the sun. The weather is warm, there isn’t a cloud in the sky and life is good. It’s just about time for Feria (the Spring Fair), tan lines and flip flops. One of my favorite places that we’ve spent time outdoors to celebrate the change of the seasons is nearby Grazalema. Less than 2 hours from Rota, Grazalema is the perfect place to get away for a good hike. I’ve posted about it before (you can read “Grazalema: The Hike” by clicking here) but here’s some more helpful info if you’re interested in a weekend getaway outdoors.
This shot was taken during our afternoon lunch break on the top of a mountain. In the distance, you can see the nearby pueblo blanco, Zahara
One of my favorite things about Grazalema is that you sometimes share your path with sheep and other animals.
My 7 year old, Ali leading the way. She’s my Japan-born, American daughter who speaks Spanish. How’s that for a “military brat”? And can you believe this photo was taken off my phone?
Oh, the views… You can check out more photos like this by following my Instagram @kelseyblogs .
We brought a few extra hikers with us this time. This photo was taken near where we enjoyed a much-needed afternoon picnic.
Meet Penny, the newest addition to our family. Grazalema is the perfect place to take your four-legged hikers, too.
Grazalema has so many breathtaking views and none of my photos do these mountains justice. You’ll just have to go see it for yourself.
For those of us living in Rota, the less than 2 hour drive time makes Grazalema an easy day trip but for those looking to spend more than a day, I recommend Hotel Fuerte Grazalema. I recommend choosing the option to have your breakfast included upon booking but suggest you eat your other meals in the village of Grazalema itself. Hotel Fuerte Grazalema has a restaurant in its hotel, but at 26 euro per person for dinner, your wallet will be more happy eating with the locals near the town square. If eating at the hotel is a must, a small room service menu is available, but still on the expensive side. Dogs are also allowed in the hotel up to 12 kilos with an extra 10 euro fee; book your room with a garden view and your pup will be happy with the easy access to the garden. Hotel Fuerte also has a number of pets in their small “petting zoo” where, upon request to the hotel concierge, your child can help with the chores of caring for the animals such as collecting chicken eggs.
In the town center (Centro Ciudad), look for the Tourist Information Center and you’ll have access to maps and guides for the hiking trails. Please note that some trails you’ll need permission to access and information how to do so can be obtained in the Tourist Information Center. The village is small and the Info Center is fairly easy to locate.
Check out Turismo Grazalema for more information about Grazalema.