Grazalema town, one of Andalusia's pueblos blancos.
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One of the few pueblos blancos (white towns in Andalucia) that is not surrounded by new, unsightly suburbs, Grazalema is tiny and beautifully situated in Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park among towering limestone peaks, Spanish firs and cork trees.
Loved by hikers, bikers and rock climbers Grazalema has two drawbacks - it's very quiet with few options in the evenings or if it's raining, and it has the highest rainfall in Spain.
Tourists visiting Ronda and intending to travel west to Cadiz, Jerez or Arcos de la Frontera, can take a roundabout route via pueblo blancos such as Algodonales and Bornos or head straight west through Grazalema Park. The road is easy and views range from good to spectacular. Farmed cork forests are always pretty and good for an educational stop for the kids.
Grazalema's busy town centre, Plaza de Andalucia, with the church of Nuestra Señora de la Aurora in the background.
A distant view of San Cristobel mountain peak.
Gone again! San Cristobel disappears into a rain cloud. No surprise there.
The road between Grazalema and Bosque, heading for Arcos de la Frontera.
Out of the wet, wiggly Grazalema zone and back into more traditional dry Andalusian landscapes. The drive from Ronda to Arcos on this road takes less than two hours. Next, Arcos de la Frontera Pictures or go back to Ronda.
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