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!
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.
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.
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.
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!