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Title: Wildside Holidays - Grazalema
Post by: Clive on February 17, 2014, 22:23 PM
Dear friends,
it is four years ago now since I took over the running of the tourist information centre in the village of Grazalema. Many of you know the history of the centre, but suffice it to say that during that time I received virtually none of the promised support from the local or regional government. A great shame, but I decided to terminate my contract with the authorities and close the office permanently as of the 1st Feb. 2014. A warm thank you to everyone for your support over the years and I hope that you have enjoyed the events, exhibitions and activities that we held.

So what of the future? Along with nature guides Eva Bratek and Sue Eatock I am now working full time as the coordinator and sales manager for Wildside Holidays - Grazalema. We specialize in family orientated and group walks to appreciate the beautiful mountain range and its nature. Both Eva and Sue are well known and respected for their exceptional knowledge of the fantastic routes and wildlife of the area......You can find more on us here;
www.wildsideholidays.com/about-us.html

Our range of options varies from single day walks - to providing fully-guided week long nature walking, where we arrange everything such as hotel accommodation, breakfast, lunch, evening meals and transport. These complete tours run all year, so just pick a month that suits you. If you don't require a guide then our self guided option is a great choice, either with a hire car or without. And to make it even easier, both car hire and flights can be booked via our website.

More information on what we offer, along with many enjoyable articles about this area can be found on our website:
www.wildsideholidays.com

All new businesses need the word to be spread, so if you use a social network such as Twitter or Facebook we would very much appreciate it if you shared our website with your contacts and also forward this email to all who you think will be interested in our new project here in Grazalema!

We would appreciate a “like” and “follow” on our facebook page ?
https://www.facebook.com/wildsideholidays

Kind regards from,
Clive, Eva and Sue

Clive Muir
Wildside Holidays -  Guided and Self Guided Walking and Nature Holidays In The Grazalema Natural Park
www.wildsideholidays.com
Calle laguneta S/N
11610
Grazalema
Cádiz
Spain
(0034)634 217 182
Title: Re: Wildside Holidays - Grazalema
Post by: Clive on March 31, 2014, 17:05 PM
Wildside Holidays gets a mention in the Independent on Sunday..... :)

The words in the article are a bit dull and the title a bit whimsical but hey, any press is good press no?

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/hill-towns-of-andalucia-for-high-art-go-for-vulture-culture-9226004.html

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The area is famous for its pueblos blancos (white villages). I drive to one of the most popular, Grazalema. Its whiteness doesn't disappoint. (To be fair, though, there is another colour. Looking down on Grazalema from above, the village is a dazzling pattern of white lines broken up by stepped terracotta roofs.) Picasso could have daubed a photo-realistic rendition of the view and accidentally invented Cubism right here.

I bump into Clive Muir, who traded landscape gardening in the UK for a life of guiding in the mountains of Andalucia (wildsideholidays.com). He tells me Grazalema's lifeblood is tourism and its picture-perfect cuteness is no accident. "There are very strict planning controls," he says. "Walls are white, doors are brown, and all iron work black. A sign on, say, a bar or restaurant, has to be black with white lettering and can be no bigger than 60cm by 60 cm."

eekkkk! and double eek!!!!!!  :o

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But sometimes the tourist experience of Grazalema is reassuringly disorganised. The village is well known for its wool-blanket industry, but my attempt to visit the associated museum is not inspiring. I find a blanket factory with an attached shop. When I inquire inside about the museum, a lady shoos me vaguely in the direction of a shed in the car park. There I amble between a few old wooden looms and some other rusting machines. There is no commentary or explanation of what they did, or how they worked. And that seems to be it. Nada más.

The Smithsonian it ain't.

Luckily, Clive has instructed me to take a hike. The "must do" walk, according to him, is around the 4,340ft summit of Coros, a mountain on the hairpin drive to Zahara, the next pretty white village. Soon I am in the domain of the Spanish fir – an ancient species that dates to the Tertiary period. Peeping through these slender elegant survivors from the age of the dinosaurs, I get tantalising glimpses of ever expanding views.

Close to the Puerto de las Palomas pass, the cliff face of Coros looms; I can hear the squabbling of a colony of griffon vultures which nests amid the crags. The walk starts from a car park at the top of the pass. The route loops around the summit and is not much more than a gentle stroll, but the colossal views reveal the curvature of the Earth and play to my vanity as a wannabe mountaineer. Looking down I can see the coiled mountain road descending to Zahara, next to it a long ragged lake draws a turquoise diagonal and beyond it the arid plains of Andalucia stretch out towards Seville.

Nearer to hand, the flora is equally spectacular: delicate thistles with golden crowns, red-stemmed succulents and wicked yellow thorned cacti. The most eye-catching, though, are pods that split to reveal a jewel case of fuchsia, red and blue-black beads – wild peony plants. More serious bird watchers than me would be able to identify the various darting blurs between the shrubs; wheatears, shrikes, choughs and warblers all inhabit the terrain.

There is however no mistaking the bird I come upon as I round the corner towards the steeper south-west side of the mountain. With their 9ft wingspan, there are few sights in Spain's wilderness as impressive as griffon vultures up close. With a few effortless flaps they slide off the cliff, gliding past at eye level in search of the thermals that will take them soaring high above the Serranía – oblivious to the vanities of mere earthbound beings.
Title: Re: Wildside Holidays - Grazalema
Post by: Clive on April 23, 2014, 10:53 AM
Excellent article by Sue over at Wildside holidays covering the subject of Flowering plants in the Sierra de Grazalema....

http://wildsideholidays.com/wildlife-information-pages/19-plants/monthly-flowering/48-flowering-plants-may-in-the-sierra-de-grazalema.html

This list of plants in season is growing and Sues knowledge of them never ceases to amaze me!

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Title: Grazalema - Guided Day Walks - Join a Group
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
Grazalema - Guided Day Walks - Join a Group


Walk with us any time!

If you are in our area - for example staying in Ronda, Seville or Malaga or staying in Grazalema for 1 or 2 days, we would like to make a special offer for you to have a chance to get familiar with the wildlife, culture, history and landscapes of the white villages in a comfortable and easy way. Join a guided walk for a day, two or three without the necessity of booking a whole holiday. Prices and options will vary depending on number of people who would like to join and number of days. (but it is normally around 35 euros per person per day + 8 euros if you require a packed lunch).



Source: Grazalema - Guided Day Walks - Join a Group (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/2-grazalema-walking-holidays/5-grazalema-guided-day-walks.html)
Title: The Village of Grazalema
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
The Village of Grazalema


The village of Grazalema in the snowGrazalema is a traditional white village (pueblo blanco) located in the north-eastern area of Cadiz province. It nestles amongst the beautiful mountains of the Sierra de Grazalema and has a local population of around 2000 people inhabiting the village and surrounding countryside. Set in a protected area popular for nature and outdoor enthusiasts the village itself is on the list of obligatory visits on the route of the white villages of Andalucia.



The true origins of Grazalema are still largely unknown and, like much of our past history, are shrouded in the mists of time. But, the Roman Villa of Lacidulia, situated in an estate near to the present village has been traditionally considered the ancestor of the village.



Source: The Village of Grazalema (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/the-village-of-grazalema.html)
Title: Abies Pinsapo - The Spanish Fir
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
Abies Pinsapo - The Spanish Fir


The Spanish Fir (Abies pinsapo) is a species of tree which survived the last glaciation. An elegant tree growing to a height of about 25m with a conical shape. Its growth is dense and a rich green, although there are occasional specimens of a blue colouration. The branches generally form rings around the trunk. The roots which are thick and long are sometimes very superficial. The trunk is straight and cylindrical but in some old individuals the shape can be irregular, twisted and contorted with more than one leader. (This is due to beetle damage). The leaves are needle-shaped, rigid and somewhat sharp, these needles living up to 15 years, the maximum age among all gymnosperms. They need high humidity and shady slopes or soils that retain a certain amount of water. These trees have both sexes in the same individual, but to avoid inbreeding the female cones are on the top of the tree and the male in the middle.



Source: Abies Pinsapo - The Spanish Fir (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/wildlife-information-pages/16-plants/trees/24-abies-pinsapo-the-spanish-fir.html)
Title: Cork and its huge importance to the environment
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
Cork and its huge importance to the environment


Quercus suber is a type of evergreen oak tree native to the Mediterranean region. The tree has adapted to the problems of fire and drought in this area by growing a thicker bark as a protective layer. This outer layer of cork has many industrial uses and huge open forests have been developed to benefit from it in 7 countries bordering the Mediterranean sea - covering some 2.7 million hectares in Spain, Portugal, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia, and France.



Source: Cork and its huge importance to the environment (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/wildlife-information-pages/16-plants/trees/26-cork-and-it-s-huge-importance-to-the-environment.html)
Title: Spanish Ibex (Capra pyrenaica hispanica) Cabra montés
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
Spanish Ibex (Capra pyrenaica hispanica) Cabra montés


The wild mountain goats frequently found in herds across the Andalucian mountain ranges are Spanish Ibex. There were until fairly recently, more subspecies spaced around the Iberian peninsular, but now only two exist.These mammals which originate exclusively in the mountains of Iberia are known as Cabra montés in Spanish. They are generally shades of brown around the body with black markings on the chest, flanks and legs in the males, whereas the females are paler. The adult males can reach a weight of 80-100 kg and are approximately double the size of the females.



Source: Spanish Ibex (Capra pyrenaica hispanica) Cabra montés (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/wildlife-information-pages/17-animals/mammals/28-spanish-ibex-capra-pyrenaica-hispanica-cabra-montes.html)
Title: The Weather In Grazalema
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
The Weather In Grazalema


‘Grazalema has the highest rainfall records in Spain’. This is a phrase that is commonly found on the internet, but without further explanation could be very off putting to the holiday maker! Mountains will always alter their local climate where-ever they are in the world, and this is no exception. Note that only a few hours drive away at the eastern end of Andalucia is Europe’s only desert!



Source: The Weather In Grazalema (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/wildlife-information-pages/31-the-weather-in-grazalema.html)
Title: Almond blossom in the Sierra de Grazalema
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
Almond blossom in the Sierra de Grazalema


Pale pink almond blossom is a delightful sight and a harbinger of spring when it opens in late January through February. As it flowers before the leaves appear there is a delicate candy-floss appearance to the trees. You can see them grouped in orchards, or as singles marking the edges of pastures and arable fields.



Source: Almond blossom in the Sierra de Grazalema (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/wildlife-information-pages/16-plants/trees/33-almond-blossom-in-the-sierra-de-grazalema.html)
Title: February Nature Notes from the Sierra de Grazalema
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
February Nature Notes from the Sierra de Grazalema


February in the Sierra de Grazalema can be considered the beginning of spring from nature´s point of view. This is when the bird migration kicks in with White Storks, Black Kites and occasional Black Stork on the move and Short-toed eagles following shortly after. The offerings of early spring can vary from year to year due to weather conditions both here and in the north of Europe and, quite possibly, due to climate change.



Source: February Nature Notes from the Sierra de Grazalema (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/8-general-articles/35-february-nature-notes-from-the-sierra-de-grazalema.html)
Title: “El Castillejo” Botanic Gardens, El Bosque
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
“El Castillejo” Botanic Gardens, El Bosque


Regular visits to the Botanic Garden in the village of El Bosque are a great way to see the plants of the region as they change through the seasons - without having to search them out individually!



There is so much of botanical interest in south western Andalucia and particularly within the natural park areas. The village of El Bosque is on the western border of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park.



Source: “El Castillejo” Botanic Gardens, El Bosque (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/wildlife-information-pages/14-plants/36-el-castillejo-botanic-gardens-el-bosque.html)
Title: A day trip in the mountains of Grazalema
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
A day trip in the mountains of Grazalema


After booking a Self Guided - Self Drive holiday with Wildside Holidays and armed with great advice, maps and guides supplied by Clive, we set out on our first day for a very pleasant drive to enjoy the surroundings of Grazalema. On a clear, bright winters day, we felt a little as though we had travelled back in time as we had to stop on the first incline, goats were meandering all over the road and some were even climbing onto the olive trees to browse on the leaves and none of them were in a hurry to move out of the way!.



Source: A day trip in the mountains of Grazalema (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/8-general-articles/38-a-day-trip-in-the-mountains-of-grazalema.html)
Title: The Griffon Vultures of Grazalema (Gyps fulvus, Buitre Leonado)
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
The Griffon Vultures of Grazalema (Gyps fulvus, Buitre Leonado)


Visible all year in the natural Park of Grazalema this bird is larger than an eagle, with a wingspan of up to 260 cm (8.53 Ft). In flight, their wings are broad, with the primaries (finger-like feathers) usually clearly visible; the tail is short, and the neck retracted. It has buff brown coloured plumage on the back, stomach and the anterior band of the wings, while the rest of the wing feathers and tail are dark brown. The head and long neck are covered with white down and there is a distinctive collar of long feathers. On adults the bill is yellow and collar white, whilst on juveniles the bill is grey and collar pale brown. They feed on carrion, most of the time in a state of decay and at other times in an initial stage (especialy large mammals). The carcasses left out by farmers are also an important part of the diet of these birds.



Source: The Griffon Vultures of Grazalema (Gyps fulvus, Buitre Leonado) (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/wildlife-information-pages/18-animals/birds/29-the-griffon-vultures-of-grazalema-gyps-fulvus-buitre-leonado.html)
Title: Signs and notices encountered whilst walking in the Sierra
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
Signs and notices encountered whilst walking in the Sierra


Please close the gate as there are cows in the fieldWhilst out and about in the countryside here in Andalucia, you are bound to come across a variety of signs and notices telling you what kind of area you are in or whether you are about to stray onto private land.  You may find signs telling you to "keep out!!" or to "Please close the gate". More and more fences are going up and access to land is being restricted. In some cases trails and paths are closed and directional signs taken down illegally. Basically the rules to follow, whether on horseback, walking or cycling in the countryside are:



Source: Signs and notices encountered whilst walking in the Sierra (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/8-general-articles/39-signs-and-notices-encountered-whilst-walking-in-the-sierra.html)
Title: Short-toed Eagles in the natural park of Grazalema
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
Short-toed Eagles in the natural park of Grazalema


March brings a great joy for lovers of these spectacular birds when yet again they have made it across the Strait of Gibraltar to their breeding grounds in Europe. The first single birds start appearing at the end of February but the massive migration comes in March, when clouds of birds can be seen entering continental Europe.



Source: Short-toed Eagles in the natural park of Grazalema (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/wildlife-information-pages/18-animals/birds/40-short-toed-eagles-in-the-natural-park-of-grazalema.html)
Title: The white villages of the Sierra de Grazalema
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
The white villages of the Sierra de Grazalema


Absorb the tranquillity as you meander through the narrow, charismatic streets and open squares, noting the blend of Arabic layout and design with eighteenth century grandeur and ornamentation. This guide offers you a choice of short tours passing through stunning surroundings of lush Mediterranean woodlands and high mountain passes, with each white-washed population cluster  separated by impressive scenery.



Source: The white villages of the Sierra de Grazalema (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/the-white-villages-of-the-sierra-de-grazalema.html)
Title: The Stone Pine, an iconic tree of the Mediterranean
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
The Stone Pine, an iconic tree of the Mediterranean


This evergreen tree is most easily recognized by its outline, the dense crown is almost a round globe in young specimens whereas in older trees it is shaped like a wide spread parasol, supported on large, elegant radial branches. It originates from the Mediterranean area and is popular there and elsewhere as a cultivated tree. It is favoured both for its attractive form and edible pine kernels. For around 6000 years pine nuts have been collected as nutritional snacks!



Source: The Stone Pine, an iconic tree of the Mediterranean (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/wildlife-information-pages/16-plants/trees/42-the-stone-pine-an-iconic-tree-of-the-mediterranean.html)
Title: March - Plants of the month
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
March - Plants of the month


MARCH. As shrubs begin to show colour, spring is becoming more obvious and this alters from when we enter the month with a few shy blooms, to crossing into April with the “now in flower” list ever increasing. Over the first two weeks of March, the plants in flower are scattered and you need to know where to look, during the third and fourth weeks the selection grows with colour cropping up on roadsides, pastures, rocky slopes and river valleys.



 



Source: March - Plants of the month (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/wildlife-information-pages/19-plants/monthly-flowering/37-march-plants-of-the-month.html)
Title: Dolmen La Giganta - Grazalema
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
Dolmen La Giganta - Grazalema


Also called Dolmen del Chopo -after the name of the farm where it is situated



Dolmens are built stone burial chambers or tombs. They are created by standing huge stones on their edges to create the basic form and then these are capped with massive slabs. Soil would have been used to totally cover the entire area, but this has washed away over the centuries.  A simple shape may be box like but the one we look at here is a longer structure, forming a corridor for multiple burials.



Source: Dolmen La Giganta - Grazalema (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/8-general-articles/44-dolmen-la-giganta-grazalema.html)
Title: Traditional cheeses from the Sierra de Grazalema
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
Traditional cheeses from the Sierra de Grazalema


Traditional cheeses from the Sierra de Grazalema are made from goat’s or sheep’s milk.  ‘Cabra Payoya’ goats and ‘Oveja Merina Grazalemeña’ sheep are both registered and protected breeds of the Sierra de Grazalema and adjoining Serranía de Ronda. These breeds have been developed to flourish in a mountain terrain where summer droughts are the norm and winter rainfall can be in heavy bursts.These flocks play a key role in the maintenance of local traditions and cultures, contributing to sustainable rural development in the region. Managed well, they aid in the conservation and maintenance of the mountain area.



Source: Traditional cheeses from the Sierra de Grazalema (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/8-general-articles/46-traditional-cheeses-from-the-sierra-de-grazalema.html)
Title: Summer insects in the Sierra de Grazalema
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
Summer insects in the Sierra de Grazalema


Summer time is when many insects reach the adult phase of their life. They may have spent months, even years as a larva, drab in colour and unable to move far, possibly living underwater or underground. Now, in this last stage of their lifecycle, they might be brightly coloured, able to fly or to emit sounds and so they become more obvious to us. Insects are a very important part of the food chain on which we depend.



We also rely heavily on insects for their ability to pollinate much of our food crops, and so they deserve at least a moment of our time. Here is a tiny selection of those that might gain your attention within the natural park area.



Source: Summer insects in the Sierra de Grazalema (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/wildlife-information-pages/20-animals/insects/51-summer-insects-in-the-sierra-de-grazalema.html)
Title: July flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
July flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema


There will be a marked difference between the first and second parts of this month as plants succumb to the heat and set their seeds. Areas that have held high moisture levels during the winter and spring will now come into their own with ribbons of bright pink Oleanders mapping the watercourses with Penny Royal and Apple Mint accompanying them. Climbing higher, aromatic herbs tucked into rock crevices in the mountains will be attracting bees and butterflies with their nectar rich blooms.



 



Source: July flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/wildlife-information-pages/14-plants/52-july-flowers-in-the-sierra-de-grazalema.html)
Title: The Sierra de Grazalema - A walkers paradise
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
The Sierra de Grazalema - A walkers paradise


The Sierra de GrazalemaOne of Spain's most stunning natural parks. A fabulous location to spend time be it resting, walking, bird watching or photography.



 Grazalema is to be found in the north east part of Cadiz province (at a height of 800m) in the mountain range bearing the same name Sierra de Grazalema. In 1977 this area was declared a “Biosphere Reserve” by UNESCO due to the exceptional variety and wealth of its fauna and flora. In 1984 it was made the first Nature Park of Andalucia by the Junta de Andalucia.



Source: The Sierra de Grazalema - A walkers paradise (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/the-sierra-de-grazalema-a-walkers-paradise.html)
Title: August flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
August flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema


This is a golden month, as most annual flowers have finished their colourful phase, produced their seed heads and dried completely to a straw colour. Although if you look in the right places there are still flowers to be found; watercourses, irrigated areas, animal watering troughs, damp meadows and high mountains will offer the best selection. However, this is also a good month to see insects such as dragonflies, mantis and bushcrickets!



Source: August flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/wildlife-information-pages/14-plants/53-august-flowers-in-the-sierra-de-grazalema.html)
Title: September flowering plants in the Sierra de Grazalema
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
September flowering plants in the Sierra de Grazalema


During the month of September the night time temperatures are lower, allowing plant life a reprieve and the chance of at least a few drops of moisture in the form of dew, if not a rain shower or perhaps a storm. Heavy rain tends to run off the baked ground too quickly whereas steady showers can be absorbed into the parched soil. Either way the wildlife appreciates this sign of the approaching cooler weather and autumn bulbs “spring” into life.



Source: September flowering plants in the Sierra de Grazalema (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/wildlife-information-pages/14-plants/54-september-flowerin-plants-in-the-sierra-de-grazalema.html)
Title: October flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
October flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema


Autumn flowering bulbs are a favourite at this time of year, but you generally have to have keen eyes to find them as they can be very small and well hidden. On the contrary the Autumn Buttercup can turn a rugged hillside yellow with its shiny, rich yellow, blooms. Autumn doesn’t necessarily mean colourful leaves about to fall, as many trees here are evergreen. The Narrow-leaved Ash seems to be the first to turn yellow with tall Poplars following shortly. The deciduous oaks may retain their leaves until the buds shoot again in the new year, unless strong winds shake them free.



Source: October flowers in the Sierra de Grazalema (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/wildlife-information-pages/14-plants/55-october-flowers-in-the-sierra-de-grazalema.html)
Title: Dangers of Pine Processionary Caterpillars
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2015, 12:26 PM
Dangers of Pine Processionary Caterpillars


When in Spain many people may wonder about scorpions, spiders and venomous snakes and will not be aware that they are much more likely to endanger themselves and their pets by getting too close to an innocent looking line of caterpillars that can be found crossing a pavement, road or footpath during the first months of each year.



Source: Dangers of Pine Processionary Caterpillars (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/wildlife-information-pages/20-animals/insects/34-dangers-of-pine-processionary-caterpillars.html)
Title: February - Plants of the month
Post by: Clive on May 07, 2015, 08:17 AM
February - Plants of the month


FEBRUARY Wildflowers are always a welcome sight, especially through the winter months, as coupled with the birds beginning to sing they show us that spring is near. Almond trees in blossom are the most noticeable in shades of pink and white, along with the Paperwhite narcissus, Branched asphodels and Broad-leaved iris as each can create swathes of colour across pastures. The much smaller flowered Andaluz storksbill and Field marigolds also cover  large areas in pink and golden yellow.



 



Source: February - Plants of the month (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/wildlife-information-pages/19-plants/monthly-flowering/32-february-plants-of-the-month.html)
Title: The Grazalema Natural Park - Flowering plants in April
Post by: Clive on May 07, 2015, 08:17 AM
The Grazalema Natural Park - Flowering plants in April


Colour is spreading into every corner as now, according to the calendars, spring is official. Our surroundings become a painter’s paradise as lush plants vie for attention, their soft edges contrasting with the sharp mountain landscape. Botanising amongst the orchids is sheer pleasure as more species are appearing in bloom and photographers beware – extra memory cards and batteries are advised!



Source: The Grazalema Natural Park - Flowering plants in April (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/wildlife-information-pages/19-plants/monthly-flowering/45-the-grazalema-natural-park-flowering-plants-in-april.html)
Title: The Natural Park of Grazalema - Guided walking, nature and culture tours
Post by: Clive on May 07, 2015, 08:17 AM
The Natural Park of Grazalema - Guided walking, nature and culture tours




We run flexible holidays with NO fixed start time or end time. Let us know when you want to come and we will do the rest! You can come and be guided or self guided, it's up to you!



Fully inclusive 7 day guided walking at a fantastic price of 800 pounds per person!



Self Guided 7 day walking holiday just 450 pounds per person



You arrive at Malaga airport with transport pickup at around 3pm to Grazalema and leave at 8am for Malaga airport for departure. We run small groups with normally 8 guests at a time although sometimes we invite other people visiting or passing through the park area with our "join a group" service. Meeting like minded people and making new friendships through our shared love of the surrounding nature is an important part of Wildside Holidays - Grazalema. Click read more for sample itineries and more information and please contact us with any questions about our walking holidays in Spain.



Source: The Natural Park of Grazalema - Guided walking, nature and culture tours (http://www.wildsideholidays.com/2-grazalema-walking-holidays/2-the-natural-park-of-grazalema-guided-walking-nature-and-culture-tours.html)
Title: Flowering plants - June in the Sierra de Grazalema, Andalusia
Post by: Clive on May 07, 2015, 08:17 AM
Flowering plants - June in the Sierra de Grazalema, Andalusia


During late May and into June temperatures start to rise as springtime turns quickly to summer. Road side verges are full of flowering plants in all colours and cereal fields turn bright red with poppies and yellow with false fennel. As the weeks progress, spring blooms will be turning to seed and the golden browns of summer will begin to dominate the lower landscapes. However the later flowering of the higher altitude mountainous plants means that there is still plenty to discover in what is known as the ‘hedgehog zone’ describing plants with a dwarf and prickly form.



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Title: Flowering plants - May in the Sierra de Grazalema
Post by: Clive on May 07, 2015, 08:17 AM
Flowering plants - May in the Sierra de Grazalema


Spring is in full swing during the month of May and the plants in flower are so numerous that it is difficult to choose which ones to mention here. You will see that the waysides and meadows hold a tremendous variety, pause to count how many species you can find in just one square metre! Note that there is a subtle difference between the flowering times in the sheltered valleys to that of the exposed higher pastures. Look below the featured plants here, to see a condensed list to whet your appetite! (Grouped by colour).



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Title: Mixed guided and self guided holidays for summer 2015
Post by: Clive on June 05, 2015, 21:07 PM
Mixed guided and self guided holidays for summer 2015




Yes, it gets quite hot here in Grazalema during the summer months but don't let that put you off! Walking through the woods and high mountains with the heavy scent of pine resin and aromatic plants is natures natural aromatherapy.



Cicadas buzzing in the trees and vultures wheeling overhead.



Summertime is simply stunning here in the Sierra de Grazalema



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Title: We are seeing a lovely range of Spanish countryside and lots of impressive Roman…
Post by: Clive on March 30, 2017, 10:57 AM
We are seeing a lovely range of Spanish countryside and lots of impressive Roman…

We are seeing a lovely range of Spanish countryside and lots of impressive Roman “stuff” 😀 Day 6 and 7 along the Via de la Plata……… Roman aquaducts, roman bridges, roman dam, castles and no shortage of churches. More info at the Facebook page of Hike and Bike
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Title: When Josetxo, the village chemist in Ituren, said he’d leave my pills swinging o…
Post by: Clive on March 31, 2017, 11:56 AM
When Josetxo, the village chemist in Ituren, said he’d leave my pills swinging o…

When Josetxo, the village chemist in Ituren, said he’d leave my pills swinging on the door knob of the chemists for me to collect after he had shut – I started to worry! Musings here on practical but not always discrete systems in mountain Basque villages! http://www.pyreneanexperience.com/chemists-in-ituren/ More info at the Facebook page of the … Continue reading When Josetxo, the village chemist in Ituren, said he’d leave my pills swinging o…
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Title: One or possibly both Spotted Crakes (Polluela Pintoja / Porzana porzana) who can…
Post by: Clive on April 01, 2017, 11:56 AM
One or possibly both Spotted Crakes (Polluela Pintoja / Porzana porzana) who can…

One or possibly both Spotted Crakes (Polluela Pintoja / Porzana porzana) who can tell, seen and heard at Padul Wetland near Granada today. Also saw and heard Iberian Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, Pallid Swifts all of which were year ticks. Other species seen included Water Rail, Water Pipit, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Snipe and a male Bluethroat. … Continue reading One or possibly both Spotted Crakes (Polluela Pintoja / Porzana porzana) who can…
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Title: Exploring the canyon and a swim in the beautiful clear water of the Abdet mill p…
Post by: Clive on April 02, 2017, 11:55 AM
Exploring the canyon and a swim in the beautiful clear water of the Abdet mill p…

Exploring the canyon and a swim in the beautiful clear water of the Abdet mill pond. More info at the Facebook page of Abdet Holidays
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Title: “La Terreta” a vista de pájaro – LinkAlicante
Post by: Clive on April 03, 2017, 11:57 AM
“La Terreta” a vista de pájaro – LinkAlicante

See if you can spot some of the peaks around Abdet on this beautiful video “La Terreta” a vista de pájaro – LinkAlicante Como anticipaba en la página de facebook de LinkAlicante, el pasado 20 de Marzo de 2017 pude hacer realidad un… More info at the Facebook page of Abdet Holidays
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Title: Here comes the Sun to the Basque Pyrenees …the birds are making moss nests in …
Post by: Clive on April 04, 2017, 11:55 AM
Here comes the Sun to the Basque Pyrenees …the birds are making moss nests in …

Here comes the Sun to the Basque Pyrenees …the birds are making moss nests in the rafters and the cats are out hunting across the meadows @wojtekkomada . . . . . . #pyrenees #walkingholidayspain #basquecountry #spanishlanguage #spanishcourses #basquefood #basqueculture #spanishculture #spanishfarmhouse #roomwithaview #walking #walkingtours #pagan #foodie #baztanvalley #hiking #mountains #rambling #mushrooms #countryhouse #culturalexperience #holidaytoremember … Continue reading Here comes the Sun to the Basque Pyrenees …the birds are making moss nests in …
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Title: Exploring the ridges and summits of the Costa Blanca mountains, great adventurou…
Post by: Clive on April 05, 2017, 11:55 AM
Exploring the ridges and summits of the Costa Blanca mountains, great adventurou…

Exploring the ridges and summits of the Costa Blanca mountains, great adventurous trail running! #gotrailrunning #trailrunning #walkspain #costablancaorg #costablancaes More info at the Facebook page of Abdet Holidays
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Title: John Keo Walking Tours added 27 new photos to the album: March 2017.
Post by: Clive on April 06, 2017, 11:56 AM
John Keo Walking Tours added 27 new photos to the album: March 2017.

John Keo Walking Tours added 27 new photos to the album: March 2017. More info at the Facebook page of John Keo Walking Tours
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Title: Northern Bald Ibis (Ibis Eremita / Geronticus eremita), only it’s Mother could l…
Post by: Clive on April 07, 2017, 11:58 AM
Northern Bald Ibis (Ibis Eremita / Geronticus eremita), only it’s Mother could l…

Northern Bald Ibis (Ibis Eremita / Geronticus eremita), only it’s Mother could love this bird !!! More info at the Facebook page of Granada Wildlife
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Title: Anxiety treatment.
Post by: Clive on April 08, 2017, 11:55 AM
Anxiety treatment.

Anxiety treatment. More info at the Facebook page of John Keo Walking Tours
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Title: Fantastic weather today in the Alicante Mountains. View of La Serrella and the V…
Post by: Clive on April 09, 2017, 11:55 AM
Fantastic weather today in the Alicante Mountains. View of La Serrella and the V…

Fantastic weather today in the Alicante Mountains. View of La Serrella and the Vall de Seta. #MountainWALKS #hikingholidays #Quatretondeta #holidaysspain More info at the Facebook page of Mountain Walks
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Title: Barranco del Sinc and Montecabrer. The canyon has a large colony of vultures, an…
Post by: Clive on April 10, 2017, 11:58 AM
Barranco del Sinc and Montecabrer. The canyon has a large colony of vultures, an…

Barranco del Sinc and Montecabrer. The canyon has a large colony of vultures, and incredible rock scenery. The loop around Montcabrer has real variety, and some superb trail running of course! More info at the Facebook page of Abdet Holidays
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Title: A stunning looking female Little Bustard seen on todays tour with Sue and Ian fr…
Post by: Clive on April 11, 2017, 11:55 AM
A stunning looking female Little Bustard seen on todays tour with Sue and Ian fr…

A stunning looking female Little Bustard seen on todays tour with Sue and Ian from the UK. Found near Granada. More info at the Facebook page of Granada Wildlife
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Title: John Keo Walking Tours added 21 new photos.
Post by: Clive on April 12, 2017, 11:55 AM
John Keo Walking Tours added 21 new photos.

John Keo Walking Tours added 21 new photos. More info at the Facebook page of John Keo Walking Tours
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Title: John Keo Walking Tours added 24 new photos.
Post by: Clive on April 13, 2017, 11:55 AM
John Keo Walking Tours added 24 new photos.

John Keo Walking Tours added 24 new photos. More info at the Facebook page of John Keo Walking Tours
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Title: Soon the blossom on the cherry trees in the Costa Blanca mountains will transfor…
Post by: Clive on April 14, 2017, 11:57 AM
Soon the blossom on the cherry trees in the Costa Blanca mountains will transfor…

Soon the blossom on the cherry trees in the Costa Blanca mountains will transform into amazingly sweet and delicious cherries. It’s an important industry for many of the small villages, and a real treat to East if course! We have rental accommodation available in May. If you enjoy mountain scenery and walking Abdet is the … Continue reading Soon the blossom on the cherry trees in the Costa Blanca mountains will transfor…
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Title: Ridge running above the Mediterranean. The Sierra Bernia in the background. This…
Post by: Clive on April 15, 2017, 11:57 AM
Ridge running above the Mediterranean. The Sierra Bernia in the background. This…

Ridge running above the Mediterranean. The Sierra Bernia in the background. This high level route has amazing views. #trailrunning #ultrarunning #costablanca #runningholidays More info at the Facebook page of Abdet Holidays
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Title: Out watching the Easter procession in Jaca last night. Easter is just fantastic …
Post by: Clive on April 16, 2017, 11:55 AM
Out watching the Easter procession in Jaca last night. Easter is just fantastic …

Out watching the Easter procession in Jaca last night. Easter is just fantastic in Spain. Every town and village have great parades every night for a week. The kids love the drumming! More info at the Facebook page of Hike Pyrenees
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Title: Enjoying the bank holiday today here in Spain. Out on the bike again – quick up …
Post by: Clive on April 17, 2017, 11:56 AM
Enjoying the bank holiday today here in Spain. Out on the bike again – quick up …

Enjoying the bank holiday today here in Spain. Out on the bike again – quick up and down to Cotefablo – 600 meters ascent to get the legs going. Beautiful weather for the Easter weekend. More info at the Facebook page of Hike Pyrenees
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Title: A pair of Great Spotted Cuckoos seen today on the local patch in Granada Provinc…
Post by: Clive on April 18, 2017, 11:57 AM
A pair of Great Spotted Cuckoos seen today on the local patch in Granada Provinc…

A pair of Great Spotted Cuckoos seen today on the local patch in Granada Province. Moments before they were seen mating after a chase through the Almond groves. More info at the Facebook page of Granada Wildlife
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Title: John Keo Walking Tours added 29 new photos to the album: April 2017.
Post by: Clive on April 19, 2017, 11:55 AM
John Keo Walking Tours added 29 new photos to the album: April 2017.

John Keo Walking Tours added 29 new photos to the album: April 2017. More info at the Facebook page of John Keo Walking Tours
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Title: Write a review – TripAdvisor
Post by: Clive on April 20, 2017, 11:55 AM
Write a review – TripAdvisor

While you’re here, give us a review…..!!!!! Write a review – TripAdvisor NOTE: If you represent the management of this property and would like to respond to a review, please use the management response form. More info at the Facebook page of John Keo Walking Tours
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Title: Re: Wildside Holidays - Grazalema
Post by: Petrea on April 20, 2017, 16:12 PM
Hmmm, a problem with Tripadvisor is that they want a novel or two in order to call it a review. I´ve tried a couple of times but gave up, swearing that I would never try again!  :banghead:
Title: Re: Wildside Holidays - Grazalema
Post by: Clive on April 20, 2017, 16:15 PM
Agree totally Petrea.... I removed links to TA from all my websites last year and amd very happy with the result.... Though it seems it is here to stay to bother most businesses and customers.....
Title: Re: Wildside Holidays - Grazalema
Post by: Clive on April 20, 2017, 16:17 PM
By the way, all the posts in this topic are from my Wildside Holidays website... They are set to auto post here when a new post is made on facebook and the source is the 10 of my favorite walking and nature type holiday companies in Spain in no particular order......
Title: Shadow of the wolf
Post by: Clive on April 21, 2017, 12:01 PM
Shadow of the wolf

Shadow of the wolf More info at the Facebook page of John Keo Walking Tours
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Title: A fine Monarch butterfly seen a couple of weeks ago with Kate and Jim down on th…
Post by: Clive on April 22, 2017, 11:55 AM
A fine Monarch butterfly seen a couple of weeks ago with Kate and Jim down on th…

A fine Monarch butterfly seen a couple of weeks ago with Kate and Jim down on the coast in Granada Province. More info at the Facebook page of Granada Wildlife
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Title: Approaching the summit of Montcabrer, the 3rd highest peak in Valencia province….
Post by: Clive on April 23, 2017, 12:00 PM
Approaching the summit of Montcabrer, the 3rd highest peak in Valencia province….

Approaching the summit of Montcabrer, the 3rd highest peak in Valencia province. A fabulous area for walking and trail running . #trailrunning #trailrunningholiday #walkingholidays #costablanca @costablancaorg @CostaBlancaEs More info at the Facebook page of Abdet Holidays
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Title: Some butterflies seen during Kate and Jims tour with Granada Wildlife during Mar…
Post by: Clive on April 24, 2017, 11:57 AM
Some butterflies seen during Kate and Jims tour with Granada Wildlife during Mar…

Some butterflies seen during Kate and Jims tour with Granada Wildlife during March and April. More info at the Facebook page of Granada Wildlife
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Title: Not for the faint hearted. Four Days Hiking. Nerja – Frigiliana – Competa – Alc…
Post by: Clive on April 25, 2017, 11:55 AM
Not for the faint hearted.
Four Days Hiking.
Nerja – Frigiliana – Competa – Alc…


Not for the faint hearted. Four Days Hiking. Nerja – Frigiliana – Competa – Alcaucin. 3500 meters ascent – 75 kilometres distance. More info at the Facebook page of John Keo Walking Tours
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Title: Fotos: Top hiking trails in Spain
Post by: Clive on April 26, 2017, 12:08 PM
Fotos: Top hiking trails in Spain

The top 10 hiking routes in Spain according to El País. Glad to see the Ordesa Valley makes it in at number 3. Add them all to your bucket list and then let us take you to the undiscovered corners of the country too!
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Title: John Keo Walking Tours added 49 new photos to the album: April 2017.
Post by: Clive on April 27, 2017, 11:55 AM
John Keo Walking Tours added 49 new photos to the album: April 2017.

John Keo Walking Tours added 49 new photos to the album: April 2017. More info at the Facebook page of John Keo Walking Tours
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Title: And some of the Orchids we saw.
Post by: Clive on April 28, 2017, 11:56 AM
And some of the Orchids we saw.

And some of the Orchids we saw. More info at the Facebook page of Granada Wildlife
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Title: Green lizard seen while out cycling yesterday. These are by far the largest and …
Post by: Clive on April 29, 2017, 11:55 AM
Green lizard seen while out cycling yesterday. These are by far the largest and …

Green lizard seen while out cycling yesterday. These are by far the largest and most colourful lizards we get here in the Pyrenees- this was a small one but they can be up to 50cm long. Quite rare – this is the first decent photo that I’ve got of one. Apparently the population was decimated … Continue reading Green lizard seen while out cycling yesterday. These are by far the largest and …
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Title: Nice, cuddly little Ladder Snake found on the road near El Turro, Granada Provin…
Post by: Clive on April 30, 2017, 11:56 AM
Nice, cuddly little Ladder Snake found on the road near El Turro, Granada Provin…

Nice, cuddly little Ladder Snake found on the road near El Turro, Granada Province. More info at the Facebook page of Granada Wildlife
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Title: First holiday of the season – our Riglos & Alquezar trip. Fabulous couple of day…
Post by: Clive on May 01, 2017, 11:55 AM
First holiday of the season – our Riglos & Alquezar trip. Fabulous couple of day…

First holiday of the season – our Riglos & Alquezar trip. Fabulous couple of days hiking so far in the Mallos de Agüero and Loarre Castle. Great to be out of the office and back on the hills with groups again! Today we head up to the cliffs of Riglos. First of what will be … Continue reading First holiday of the season – our Riglos & Alquezar trip. Fabulous couple of day…
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Title: Out hiking around the Mallos de Riglos yesterday on our Riglos & Alquezar holida…
Post by: Clive on May 02, 2017, 11:58 AM
Out hiking around the Mallos de Riglos yesterday on our Riglos & Alquezar holida…

Out hiking around the Mallos de Riglos yesterday on our Riglos & Alquezar holiday. Chilly wind but fantastic views and dozens of vultures. Today we rest the legs for a vineyard tour and then head over to Alquezar for the second part of the holiday. More info at the Facebook page of Hike Pyrenees
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Title: 11 new photos by Hike & Bike the Sierras
Post by: Clive on May 03, 2017, 11:55 AM
11 new photos by Hike & Bike the Sierras

The Sierra de las Nieves of Andalucia is an amazing place for XC MTB riding in the Spring #xcmtb #mtbspain #mountainbikeholiday #mtbholidayspain #mtbtour? 11 new photos by Hike & Bike the Sierras More info at the Facebook page of Hike and Bike
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Title: Some species seen whilst out and about recently on the local patch, down the Cac…
Post by: Clive on May 04, 2017, 11:55 AM
Some species seen whilst out and about recently on the local patch, down the Cac…

Some species seen whilst out and about recently on the local patch, down the Cacín Valley in Granada Province and at Guadalhorce, Malaga Province.. More info at the Facebook page of Granada Wildlife
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Title: Little Bustard, Coal Tit and European Bee-eaters all seen today with Alexander a…
Post by: Clive on May 05, 2017, 11:55 AM
Little Bustard, Coal Tit and European Bee-eaters all seen today with Alexander a…

Little Bustard, Coal Tit and European Bee-eaters all seen today with Alexander and Christine from New York. More info at the Facebook page of Granada Wildlife
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Title:
Post by: Clive on May 06, 2017, 11:55 AM


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Title: New photo by Hike & Bike the Sierras
Post by: Clive on May 07, 2017, 11:55 AM
New photo by Hike & Bike the Sierras

What a difference a day makes, the weekend was raining and cloudy, today……..well the photos says it all 🙂 #xcmtb #mtbspain #mountainbikeholiday #mtbholidayspain #mtbtour New photo by Hike & Bike the Sierras More info at the Facebook page of Hike and Bike
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Title: Life on the edge! Great views and spectacular paths on the Sierra Aitana #walki…
Post by: Clive on May 08, 2017, 11:55 AM
Life on the edge! Great views and spectacular paths on the Sierra Aitana  #walki…

Life on the edge! Great views and spectacular paths on the Sierra Aitana #walkingholidays #hikingtrip #costablanca #alicante @costablancaorg @CostaBlancaEs @SerraAmunt @PoblesValAbando More info at the Facebook page of Abdet Holidays
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Title: John Keo Walking Tours added a new photo to the album: May 2017.
Post by: Clive on May 09, 2017, 11:56 AM
John Keo Walking Tours added a new photo to the album: May 2017.

John Keo Walking Tours added a new photo to the album: May 2017. More info at the Facebook page of John Keo Walking Tours
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Title: John Keo Walking Tours added 27 new photos to the album: May 2017.
Post by: Clive on May 10, 2017, 11:55 AM
John Keo Walking Tours added 27 new photos to the album: May 2017.

John Keo Walking Tours added 27 new photos to the album: May 2017. More info at the Facebook page of John Keo Walking Tours
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Title: A NASTY INTERLUDE. Yesterday we had a trip down to Fuengirola with Jayne’s Sist…
Post by: Clive on May 12, 2017, 11:55 AM
A NASTY INTERLUDE.

Yesterday we had a trip down to Fuengirola with Jayne’s Sist…


A NASTY INTERLUDE. Yesterday we had a trip down to Fuengirola with Jayne’s Sister Brenda and her husband Keith. We had a walk along the sea front before having a beer, Fish and Chips and then a bit of shopping, all going nicely. We decided then to go to the Theatre where we were going … Continue reading A NASTY INTERLUDE.

Yesterday we had a trip down to Fuengirola with Jayne’s Sist…

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Title: May in the Costa Blanca mountains, an incredible display of flowers!
Post by: Clive on May 13, 2017, 11:55 AM
May in the Costa Blanca mountains, an incredible display of flowers!

May in the Costa Blanca mountains, an incredible display of flowers! More info at the Facebook page of Abdet Holidays
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Title: Sierra Nevada 3 Villages Hike
Post by: Clive on May 14, 2017, 11:55 AM
Sierra Nevada 3 Villages Hike

The 3 villages hike is a favourite of mine. Roughly 9 kilometers over 5 hours through the lovely Alpujarras villages of Pampaneira, Bubion and Capileira. It is 90 minutes drive from Nerja to the start of the walk. Only 8 spaces available on the minibus. 3 people interested More info at the Facebook page of … Continue reading Sierra Nevada 3 Villages Hike
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Title: Suzie and Andy enjoying our Rio Guadiaro MTB ride at the beginning of May #xc…
Post by: Clive on May 15, 2017, 11:55 AM
Suzie and Andy enjoying our Rio Guadiaro MTB ride at the beginning of May #xc…

Rio Guadiaro XC MTB ride in May with Andy and Suzie #xcmtb #mtbspain #mountainbikeholidayspain #thingstodoinandalucia #mtbholidayspain #mtbtour Suzie and Andy enjoying our Rio Guadiaro MTB ride at the beginning of May #xc… Suzie and Andy enjoying our Rio Guadiaro MTB ride at the beginning of May #xcmtb #mtbspain #mountainbikeholidayspain #thingstodoinandalucia #mtbholidays… – Hike & Bike … Continue reading Suzie and Andy enjoying our Rio Guadiaro MTB ride at the beginning of May #xc…
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Title: Self Guided Cycling Tour – Cycle Touring in Andalucia Spain | Hike and Bike
Post by: Clive on May 16, 2017, 11:58 AM
Self Guided Cycling Tour – Cycle Touring in Andalucia Spain | Hike and Bike

Self guided White Village tours, a great way to explore Andalucia #cyclingtourspain #cyclingholidayspain #selfguidedcycling Self Guided Cycling Tour – Cycle Touring in Andalucia Spain | Hike and Bike If you are looking for a great week of self-guided cycle touring, have a read about our White Village Cycle Tour – enjoy the Andalucian mountains and … Continue reading Self Guided Cycling Tour – Cycle Touring in Andalucia Spain | Hike and Bike
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Title: Guided Driving Tour of Frigiliana and The Hidden Village
Post by: Clive on May 17, 2017, 11:56 AM
Guided Driving Tour of Frigiliana and The Hidden Village

With our new air-conditioned 9-seater minibus, for the summer months we are introducing a guided driving tour of the villages of Frigiliana and the Hidden Village El Acebuchal. We will pick you up from your hotel or at a pre-arranged meeting point and drive to Frigiliana for a nice walking tour of the old town. … Continue reading Guided Driving Tour of Frigiliana and The Hidden Village
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Title: El Torcal de Antequera Hike – €30 – Reservations Essential
Post by: Clive on May 18, 2017, 11:57 AM
El Torcal de Antequera Hike – €30 – Reservations Essential

This is one of our new hikes we ar introducing. El Torcal is a truly spectacular landscape with excellent walking routes throughout. Our 5 hour hike will take us through outstanding geological features with superb views of the surrounding area. this is a must-see place and will be well worth the effort. Journey time in … Continue reading El Torcal de Antequera Hike – €30 – Reservations Essential
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Title: Sissi…that’s what we have called our new 9-seater air-conditioned minibus… …
Post by: Clive on May 19, 2017, 11:58 AM
Sissi…that’s what we have called our new 9-seater air-conditioned minibus…



Sissi…that’s what we have called our new 9-seater air-conditioned minibus… It’s time for Sissi to earn her keep……. 🙂 More info at the Facebook page of John Keo Walking Tours
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Title: Mid May is a beautiful time in the Guadalest Valley. Spectacular sunrises like t…
Post by: Clive on May 20, 2017, 11:58 AM
Mid May is a beautiful time in the Guadalest Valley. Spectacular sunrises like t…

Mid May is a beautiful time in the Guadalest Valley. Spectacular sunrises like this one today are common all year around. It’s a great valley to explore! More info at the Facebook page of Abdet Holidays
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Title: John Keo Walking Tours added 23 new photos to the album: May 2017.
Post by: Clive on May 21, 2017, 11:55 AM
John Keo Walking Tours added 23 new photos to the album: May 2017.

John Keo Walking Tours added 23 new photos to the album: May 2017. More info at the Facebook page of John Keo Walking Tours
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Title: A quick dash at dusk up Serrella. Possible in under 60 minutes from Abdet. Then …
Post by: Clive on May 22, 2017, 11:56 AM
A quick dash at dusk up Serrella. Possible in under 60 minutes from Abdet. Then …

A quick dash at dusk up Serrella. Possible in under 60 minutes from Abdet. Then a fantastic technical run to return on single track with amazing scenery and even a but of scree! More info at the Facebook page of Abdet Holidays
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Title: After the rain this winter everything is back to normal. Today with inntravel gu…
Post by: Clive on May 23, 2017, 11:55 AM
After the rain this winter everything is back to normal. Today with inntravel gu…

After the rain this winter everything is back to normal. Today with inntravel guests at Guadalest. #MountainWALKS #Holidaysinspain #Alicante #Guadalest #hiking #cycling More info at the Facebook page of Mountain Walks
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Title: Day off today so we went for a ride in the Sierra de las Nieves to check out a p…
Post by: Clive on May 24, 2017, 11:55 AM
Day off today so we went for a ride in the Sierra de las Nieves to check out a p…

Day off today so we went for a ride in the Sierra de las Nieves to check out a possible new route. It got the thumbs up from us, especially this tricky little section of single track #xcmtb #mtbspain #mountainbikeholidayspain #thingstodoinandalucia #mtbholidayspain #mtbtour More info at the Facebook page of Hike and Bike
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Title: Simply stunning bike ride in the Valle de Tena this morning. Up to Hoz de Jaca, …
Post by: Clive on May 25, 2017, 11:58 AM
Simply stunning bike ride in the Valle de Tena this morning. Up to Hoz de Jaca, …

Simply stunning bike ride in the Valle de Tena this morning. Up to Hoz de Jaca, then Lanuza and Sallent onto La Sarra. On the way back down detoured to Sandinies and Tramacastilla. Wonderful views and weather. 58km, 1100m ascent. Come and try out the roads yourself on one of our new cycling holidays. More … Continue reading Simply stunning bike ride in the Valle de Tena this morning. Up to Hoz de Jaca, …
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