Cadiz Province - Grazalema & Alcornocales

The spectacular colours of nature in the Alcornocales natural park. © Michelle Chaplow
The spectacular colours of nature in the Alcornocales natural park.

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Apart from its protected nature reserves, Cadiz has a vast inland area in the east of the province that is made up of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and the Alcornocales Natural Park. A Unesco biosphere reserve, the dramatically rugged limestone massif of the Sierra de Grazalema is one of Andalucia´s most visited natural parks and popular with those interested in hiking, mountaineering, potholing and rock climbing. Grazalema is the gateway to the park and is just one of the pretty pueblos blancos scattered about the sierra, like El Bosque and Zahara de la Sierra, which overlooks a reservoir.

The Alcornocales Natural Park is a sparsely populated area of extensive woodland made up primarily of cork trees (alcornoques), dotted with a few attractive white towns, like Alcalá de los Gazules and Castellar de la Frontera.

Towns

Alcalá de los Gazules Algodonales
This Andalucian white village has remained largely unchanged over recent years and the old town centre was given official "Historic-Artistic" status in 1984.
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This lovely, picturesque village is located in the mountains of Cádiz Province. It’s located 113 kilometres from Cádiz City.
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El Bosque Castellar de la Frontera
El Bosque is is 32 kilometers east of Arcos de la Frontera and 18 kilometers west of Grazalema.
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The old village of Castellar de la Frontera is perched high on a hilltop in the province of Cadiz, with commanding views over the Guadarranque reservoir.
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Grazalema Jimena de la Frontera
The pretty mountain village of Grazalema is most popular base for visitors to the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park.
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Jimena de la Frontera is a historic village located about 35 kilometers inland from San Roque on the road and railway to Ronda.
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Torre de Alhaquime Ubrique
Torre Alhamique's name comes from the Arabic Al Hakin family, meaning "the wise" or "the learned"
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Ubrique is a picturesque Pueblo Blanco (white town) in the hills of the Serrania de Ronda Mountains
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Zahara de la Sierra
The white village of Zahara de la Sierra is one of the most stunning images in the Province of Cadiz.
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Parks

Alcornocales Sierra de Grazalema
This vast park covers 167,767 ha from Tarifa in the south to the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park in the north.
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The pretty mountain village of Grazalema is most popular base for visitors to the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park.
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