Grazalema

Posted 10 months ago in Grazalema, Spain

Grazalema

Posted 10 months ago in Grazalema, Spain

Like everyone else we always upload the highlights to Facebook - so here's the true story containing some of the lowlights of our weekend away to Grazalema...

After a slow start renting the car (including a return trip back to the house to get our passports) we headed off to do the Via Verde de la Sierra, a bike trial along an abandoned railway line.  There were 2 options for which way to go - we went the wrong way, and spent an hour cycling in the sun through boring scenery, before realising and heading back in the correct direction, which was lovely.

The Lonely Planet gushed about Arcos de la Frontera and said *you will absolutely love it*, so we drove an hour out of our way to stay there. The town turned out to be OK but nothing special, and that night was the annual town fiesta, so all 20,000 people were out having loud and boisterous fun. This would have been awesome if we were young and carefree, but with kids it was a nightmare as we basically couldn't move through the steep and cobbled streets. Our AirBnB was absolutely freezing, and turning on both heaters at the same time tripped the circuit breaker.

In the end it all worked out OK. The girls were super resilient and we headed back into the mountains near Grazalema the next day, for a really nice hike through the hills. Nelly was such a trooper and walked for 3 hours without a single complaint.

So there you have it, the un-sanitised back story behind the happy photos ;

Via Verde rail trail
Via Verde rail trail
Watching the griffon vultures
Watching the griffon vultures
Glo and Clementine in the railway tunnel
Glo and Clementine in the railway tunnel
Fiesta time in Arcos de la Frontera. All 20,000 residents were out on the town
Fiesta time in Arcos de la Frontera. All 20,000 residents were out on the town
Overlooking Grazalema
Overlooking Grazalema
Walking the Pinsapar trail
Walking the Pinsapar trail
The walk was exhausting for Clementine
The walk was exhausting for Clementine
Nelly was such a trooper
Nelly was such a trooper
Made it!
Made it!
The super-chulo town of Zahara
The super-chulo town of Zahara