Activities in and around Zahara de la Sierra, Andalucia
Zahara is known for its natural beauty, situated plum in the middle of the Grazalema protected parkland, teaming with rare birdlife and awash with wild flowers in spring.
Walking and Hiking
Hiking routes and leisurely walks start at our doorstep; guided walks, and permissions to enter the park, can be booked ahead of time to trek into the Guarganta verde, through the Pinsapar woods or along the edges of the gentle El Majacete river. For those keen on walking without a guide we have an excellent local book, "Walking in Andalucia" by the well known Guy Hunter Watts, available for you to browse and choose an appropriate route. We can also prepare picnics and offer luggage transfers for those of you wanting to walk from village to village. back to top
From Mid June until Mid September Zahara opens its large municipal pool set in landscaped grounds with breathtaking views, plenty of changing rooms and shower areas and a bar/restaurant. At the same time the Playita at Arroyomolinos also opens for the season. Playita means mini beach (in this case without sand) and is a spacious grass park bordering a spring fed mini lake. Fantastic for families and with its shallow waters, ideal for smaller kids. You can take dinghies and lilos & picnics with you. Both recreational areas have lifeguards, sunshades, ample parking, ice- cream and drinks kiosks. They are both open from 11.00am till 7.00 pm and cost between 1.50€-3.50€ entrance per day. The mornings are often the perfect time to visit the pool as hardly anyone stirs before noon in this sleepy village. You can enjoy wonderful surroundings in peace. back to top
White village tours
Zahara forms part of the chain of "frontier" villages which were built by the Moors, and painted white, essentially, for protection from the sun. These villages have retained their charm, impervious to the advances of the Modern age, and remain picture perfect hamlets snuggled in recesses between grand mountain ranges. You can easily spend a day visiting the woollen mills in Grazalema, the leather fabricas in Ubrique or the magestic castle in Olvera, just a short drive away from Zahara. Here in Zahara we have 2 famous olive oil mills as well as our cheese factory.
The Ronda region is now being recognised as an important emerging wine producer. The grapes in this area had been wiped out during forest fires earlier this century and have now been revived and blended with other grapes to create unique new wines, many of them organic. We have on our doorstep the cuesta de vino bodega. Check out:
For cyclists the Via verde, an old railway route, is a wonderful cycling trip, especially with children as it is largely flat. Bikes can be rented there. For the more adventurous join Ashley from Andalucian cycling experience for a half days road biking. Check out: www.fundacionviaverdedelasierra.com. back to top
Enjoy horse riding in Zahara de la Sierra. Horseback trails ambling along the lake or up into the mountains are available for 2-4 hours daily with Santiago.
Family Fun 'packages' are offered by Zahara Catur, a tourism based activities company renowned for its extensive knowledge of the local environment. They have been pioneers in the development of active tourism, (kayaking on Zahara´s lake as well as hiking and abseiling in the Garganta Verde) in this special area of the province of Cadiz, for over two decades now.
Zahara Catur is based in the white village of Zahara de la Sierra and organizes its activities in the Natural Park of Grazalema, mainly in Arroyomolinos Recreation Area, an enclosure of more than six hectares covered with forest and fruit trees and featuring a man made mini lake with fresh spring water. The pleasant green spaces can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Activities offered by Zahara Catur are; "The Hanging Forest", a Tibetan bridge circuit, totem poles, climbing wall and zip line, all of which promise fun and adventure in a secure and supervised environment for adults and older children alike. Although Zahara Catur programs are designed primarily for smaller groups, they are open to working with schools and corporate retreats.
The packages can also include 4 x 4 trails, archery, kayaking and hiking through the most interesting areas of the Park (for which they can obtain permits i.e the Garganta Verde or Pinsapar) and provide picnics made with natural local produce. In the actual village of Zahara they also manages the Tourist information center and offer information about the area, trails and other hikes that do not require permits as well as advising on flora and fauna and bird watching opportunities within the natural park, (Zahara has a Griffon vulture colony.)
One of the hallmarks of the company is their experienced support network and supervision of all the activities allowing you can send teenage children on their tours without worry. Zaharacatur S.L is certified with the European Charter for ustainable Tourism and Natural Park of Andalucía Brand and has the distinctive license to use the Natural Park "Sierra of Grazalema¨¨ as their base of operations. back to top
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