Sierra de Cadiz – Grazalema, El Bosque, Benamahoma

 

Where to stay in the Sierra de Cadíz

This past weekend we rented a house in the Sierra de Cadíz. We had a group of eight people and one dog. The Sierra de Cadiz is famous for its Pueblos Blancos (white villages/towns) that line the mountain range; quaint, beautiful  towns where all the buildings are painted white (I think there is one where all the buildings are painted blue too!). We completely lucked out with the weather, it was sunny and 60 °F every day. The rental house was perfectly located right outside the entrance of El Bosque down a dirt road; we were within 20 minutes driving distance of all the best trails. I found the house using Trip Advisor (AirBnB didn’t have a lot of options so I looked elsewhere), it seems that with many of the mountain houses you pay per person, not for the entire house. In our case we paid 35 euros per person for both nights (17.50 each per night) and had to transfer a deposit of 80 euros ahead of time to secure the rental (which was later subtracted from the total payment). The owner of the house was super nice and met us there with the keys; if you’re visiting this area in winter bring some extra blankets, the house gets pretty chilly at night!

Our house was called Vista Hermosa -- you can see why, beautiful views of the Sierra!

Our house was called Vista Hermosa — you can see why, beautiful views of the Sierra!

hiking trails

Salto de Cabrero – Grazalema

On Saturday we hiked the Salto del Cabrero (Jump of the Goat Herder??) located in Grazalema. The trail is used by local goat herders and it was 7/8 kilometers (about 5 miles) long and took us about 4 hours or so to complete. It was a great trail full of different terrain, some parts were more difficult than others, but when you get to the end you’re greeted by an amazing panoramic view of the mountain range. We took advantage of the view and ate lunch on the rocks and had a little siesta after.

Beginning of the trail!

Beginning of the trail!

group

onward!

trail

Great view at the end of the trail

Great view at the end of the trail

Lunch and siesta time!

Lunch and siesta time!

la familia

la familia

After we returned to the starting point of the trail and got in our cars we headed to one of the pueblos blancos named Benaocoz to buy some bread for breakfast the next day. Let me just tell you the bread from these little mountain pueblos is AMAZING! I’m guessing that’s where they got the term “pan de pueblo”? Either ways it’s delicious and if you find yourself in one of the pueblos blancos of the Sierra de Cadiz I definitely recommend you buy a loaf or two (or 5!!).  When we returned to the rental house we barbequed some burgers in the fireplace and played board games.

Carlos the Grill Master :)

Carlos the Grill Master 🙂

El Sendero del Río Majaceite – El Bosque + Benamahoma

On Sunday we headed to El Bosque. The town has a neat little trail called “El Sendero del Río Majaceite” that connects with another town called Benamahoma (sounds like Ven a my home! – come to my home! Haha). The trail is pretty easy and 5.3 kilometers long. It took us about 2 hours to reach the end in Benamahoma and we grabbed lunch at a restaurant in the center. On the way back we found a shortcut so we were able to get back to El Bosque in an hour.

The trail between El Bosque and Benamahoma followed a riveralong the trail

The trail between El Bosque and Benamahoma

sierra de nevada cadiz

Pumba jumped in the river every chance he got!

benamahoma

daydreaming while waiting for lunch!

Overall it was an amazing weekend, we couldn’t hope for better weather and the trails were gorgeous. If you find yourself with some free time and you’re in the area you should consider heading to the Sierra for the day. It’s only an hour from Cadiz and it’s definitely worth the drive!

Our group! Que equipazo!

Our group! Que equipazo!

Even though we all enjoyed the trip I think Pumba loved it the most, bring your dog if you've got one! :)

Even though we all enjoyed the trip I think Pumba loved it the most, bring your dog if you can! 🙂

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