With a fascinating array of landscapes and villages, Cádiz is the most varied province throughout all of Andalucía’s stunning vistas.
From the sweeping beaches of the Costa de la Luz, to the “jungles” of Los Alcornocales Natural Park, the “I-can-almost-touch-Africa” El Estrecho Natural Park – and the most prized of all the Natural Parks, the majestic Sierra de Grazalema.
A mountain wilderness that’s unique to Andalucía, the Sierra de Grazalema is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Quite simply, it is one of the most breathtaking of Spain’s natural landscapes.
The Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park covers approximately 40,000 hectares of land and sits between the provinces of Granada and Malaga. It’s characterised by its rugged and arid landscapes.
Bar a few river walks, including the Rio Chillar, Rio Verde and Río Cacin, the best times of year to hike in this area are Spring and Autumn. It gets seriously hot in the summer. Hot and very dry. Always bring lots of water.
One of the most majestic and accessible peaks is El Cielo’s at 1508m.
You’d be hard pressed to find better views on a clear day than those on offer from El Cielo’s summit.
Here’s a photosphere from the top that I took on an earlier hike.
Hiking up El Cielo is now popular. There are several ways to get up there. The route below is the most common and probably the easiest.
It’s easy to see why this walk is getting increasingly popular. Between Benaoján and Jimera de Líbar, Mr Henderson’s Railway walk is perfect for all nature lovers and families looking to enjoy stunning scenery, mountain ranges and amazing wildlife.
It’s near enough Ronda to make it a suitable hike while also visiting the city. Just make sure you don’t miss the return train back!
Or, for a lazier and easier option, you could combine this hike with a visit and a swim at the nearby cat’s cave, the Cueva del Gato.
The Andalusian trail running cup kicked off this weekend with its first event of the year, the La Capitana Trail in Rincon de la Victoria.
Now in its fifth year, the race has attracted an increasing number of participants.
The 21km route is technical and difficult, with over 2,000m in accumulated height difference.