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This modern split level apartment opens out onto cobbled street centuries old. If you like Spanish villages you will love Grazalema. This is the place where the Spanish nationals bring their families to relax at weekends and during festival times. Grazalema is a village full of character and charm and an excellent place for couples, families or groups. It offers excellent walking, climbing, cycling and swimming in the summer months.
'La Galleria' is a stylish, modern apartment, situated in a traditionally fronted house metres away from an old historic building. Being only 5 minutes walk from the village centre, you to take advantage of the amenities of this wonderful place (please read our independent reviews).
Sitting at an altitude of 800 metres and in the centre of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, the village occupies a prime location among the pueblos blancos.
A feature of the village is its cobbled streets, well-preserved historic architecture and churches including signs of occupation from Roman times. The Sierra de Grazalema has numerous archaeological sites of great value including Pileta Cave where cave paintings are a feature.
Which? consumer magazine Travel Supplement (May 2014) commented: It is "filled with lush river valleys and precipitous gorges. Magnificent scenery makes for rewarding walking and spring is the best time to see the the Sierra's fabulous array of wold flowers. A week's meandering in April or May could result in sightings of almost 300 differing species, ranging from tiny pimpernels to wild magenta peonies as large as saucers. The Sierra de Grazalema is also known for its bird population that includes griffon vultures, short-toed eagles, bee eaters and blue rock thrushes."
The villages has excellent credentials: UNESCO Biosphere (since 1977) , Natural Park (since 1984), CEE Area of Special Protection for Birds (1989)and was awarded a European Charter for Sustainable Tourism (2004). Regarded by many as the centre-piece of the pueblo blancos (white villages), Grazalema is set among Karst limestone mountain scenery and forests of cork, rare Spanish fir and Mediterranean oak. Peaks of 1500 metres can be accessed within 2 hours of leaving the apartment door and the area is a prime location for rock climbing, mountain biking and caving (and horse riding, canoeing and gorge exploration by arrangement).
The village is well known for its woolen industry and locally made shawls and blankets are still sold in the village. Local cheeses are popular and are made on the outskirts of the village. Hand made leather goods are available from artisan shops.
The village is tastefully preserved but still offers a full range of tapas bars, restaurants and shops. Despite its weekend popularity, the bars and restaurants retain their value-for-money style and it is possible to dine for less than €10 per person. In 2015 a reasonably-priced gastro-bar opened some 30 metres from the apartment offering excellent local cuisine.
Whatever season you choose, Grazalema has something to offer. Spring time is fresh with the hills coated in wild flowers.Hot summers are tempered by the accessibility of local swimming pools set in stunning locations accessed at very reasonable prices (€2pp).
Night life is given additional zest during the many summer and autumn festivals. Autumn is a great time for walking and outdoor activities.
The apartment is ideally located just 5 minutes from the village square and above an art gallery which holds periodic international exhibitions. Modern, tastefully decorated and very well-equipped, the apartment is close to local restaurants (usually providing free wi-fi) should you wish to eat out. From the upper lounge the views across the terrace are superb and it is a great place to watch the sunrise or a starry night.
Most of all, Grazalema is an ideal place to relax, absorb the surroundings and take life as it comes.
This location would ideally suit a couple/family or small group keen to mix and match exploring the outdoors with relaxing in the square watching village life. Long walks often have shorter variations. A wide variety of wildlife can be found in the vicinity of the Park and the local tourist information office is well stocked with guidebooks and maps.Get the full listing »