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Grazalema

Cádiz

Audioguide of Grazalema

What to see in Grazalema

From the air, Grazalema looks like a large white sheet lying in the green of the mountains. But as you probably won't get here by plane, the first thing that will catch your attention at ground level will be the silhouette of the Peñon Grande, a rocky mass that seems to be purposely there to take good care of this marvellous village.

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From the air, Grazalema looks like a large white sheet lying in the green of the mountains. But as you probably won't get here by plane, the first thing that will catch your attention at ground level will be the silhouette of the Peñon Grande, a rocky mass that seems to be purposely there to take good care of this marvellous village.

When you start strolling through its narrow streets and discover fountains and corners between the whitewashed houses, you will understand why it deserves so much care. The whole setting deserves it, in fairness, and that is why Grazalema is part of the first natural park that was constituted in Andalusia; Mountains full of history that, by the way, are the rainiest place in Spain. More than in Galicia, Asturias or the Basque Country… As you can see, you can't trust topics.

With paradisiacal surroundings and everything, it may surprise you to know that Grazalema lived centuries of high industrial strength thanks to the manufacture of clothes and blankets and that the merchants who became rich with that built most of the noble houses that you can see in the village. Most of them are from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and engraved on their stones; there is usually an indication of the owner's belonging to some fraternity. Because, even though this was one of the last reconquered territories, it has its Christian tradition, its hermitages and its churches, among them, those of San José, La Encarnación and Nuestra Señora de la Aurora.

You will find them in your walk through the village, but don't forget to stop for a while at one of the viewpoints that show you the beautiful mountain scenery. You will probably feel like going through the trails and forests of the region looking for the Grazalema poppy, a typical species that splashes this landscape. It is even possible that El Tempranillo gave some of them to the ladies he was robbing because they say that he was a very flattering guy … or very cheeky, it depends how you look at it.

The mark of that legendary bandit is still very present in these mountains, so much so that every year they recreate a scene that took place here in 1832. The bandit came down from the mountains to see the birth of his first child, but the king's soldiers surrounded the house and began to shoot. El Tempranillo managed to get on a horse with his baby and the body of his recently deceased wife, and he escaped galloping, cursing and shooting. He managed to hand over his wife's body to her family, and to baptised his offspring in the church of Grazalema a few days later. A story that deserves to be remembered, don't you think?


Grazalema

Plaza Asomaderos, 3 (Oficina de Turismo)
11610 Grazalema
(+34) 956 132 052

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