Zahara de la Sierra: our local village
Although a peaceful and quiet place, Zahara de la Sierra not only has all the usual modern conveniences (supermarkets, pharmacy, doctors, cash machine, restaurants, tapas bar and all basic shopping facilities) but also a variety of other attractions to enjoy, such as:
a public swimming pool (only open in summer time)
a waterside recreation area (picnic area and artificial lake to swim in)
a 13th century Moorish Castle,
a Tourist Information Office and Natural Park Information Centre,
a traditional 17th century Olive Mill.
The Grazalema Natural Park
We are located within the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park (Sierra: a group of several small mountain ranges). This Natural Park straddles the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga (535 sq km in total, at altitudes from 250m to 1654m above sea level). It encompasses the most south westerly mountain range in Europe (the tip of the Cordillera Bética) and is among the areas of greatest ecological importance in the south of the peninsula, and therefore of great significance in Spain as a whole. The landscape, dotted with white villages, ranges from pastoral river valleys to precipitous gorges and rocky summits. The mountains create a microclimate with lush vegetation covering the surrounding Park, home to just over 1,300 plant species dating from before the Ice Age. This abundance is largely due to the fact that, during the last Ice Age, many plants that were killed off further north were able to survive at this southerly latitude.
The Natural Park was made a UNESCO 'Biosphere Reserve' in 1977 and is also considered by the European Union as an 'Area of Special Protection for Birds'. The Sierra supports over 117 different species of birds, wintering species as well as summer visitors.
Among the resident species you will find large and small birds of prey like: Spanish Imperial eagle (found in no other country), Golden eagle, Bonelli eagle, Booted eagle, and also the acrobatic red kite, the common kestrel, buzzard, the sparrow hawk and, finally, harriers and owls. The kings of the larger birds in this area are the Black vulture, the Egyptian vulture, and above all, the buitre leonado (Griffon vulture), often seen even flying over our farm, making it one of the largest colonies in Europe.
Other usual birds are the golden oriole, the orange-and-black hoopoe, various woodpeckers and the gold, brown and turquoise bee-eater. Among the birds of passage that emigrate from Africa across the Strait of Gibraltar, the two most common are the white stork and the flamingo.
What to do: Activities
We can provide lots of ideas for walks, bike rides, day trips or outdoors activities so that everyone can enjoy everything the area has to offer.
Walking in the ‘Sierras’
The Natural Park is a fantastic area for walkers and offers a lot of marked routes of different difficulties. You will find a spectacular mountain scenery which offers the possibility of not meeting any human being for hours but instead a wide variety of birds and wild plants.
Because of the special location, between lake and mountains, some activities are available: swim in the lake, riding on horseback in the 'sierras', rambling in the Natural Park, go birdwatching, paragliding, on or off-road cycling, rock climbing, orienteering, go on camping expeditions, and much more.
Unique is a much over used word, but this has to be a most unique and uplifting experience.
Thomas and Sarah, Leeds, England
We have all enjoyed our stay in your lovely ‘kingdom’ and be part of what you have achieved in this lovely place. We envy you. Kim has taken pictures and Miguel will produce a film for us to remember our stay with you.
Kim, Miguel, Enma and Ray, Leuven, Belgium
If I had known I was coming to a corner of paradise, I´d have spent my entire holiday here! Thanks for being such a great hosts.
A tranquil mountain retreat where you can forget all your troubles.
Kathy and Peter, Winchester, England
Definitely the place to find the duende. You and your magic home have set me up for a year at least, so much to savour, so many delightful moments to remember.
"The gold of the life is in the heart of the olives..."
We have been looking forward to this so many months and it was all we hoped it would be and more!
Alan and Mary, England
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