It’s most likely that if you are visiting this part of Spain you will probably fly into Malaga airport and then make your way towards Ronda and Grazalema. this means that you will pass by the famous Caminito del Rey (The kings path) which is well worth a visit and the elevated walkway pinned to the side of the gorge quite an adventure. Why not plan a night in El Chorro and most likely the hotel will be able to arrange your permits to hike this famous path. All you need to know about the Caminito del Rey such as history, where to eat and where to stay can be found on our sister website www.caminodelrey.es
If you are visiting Grazalema then you will probably want to spend a day in the beautiful white town of Ronda. Knows as “The City of Dreams” Ronda really needs a full day to see and experience all it has to offer… Everything you need to know about planning a trip to Ronda can be found on our sister website www.rondatoday.com. Packed with information on where to eat, where to stay and in depth articles on the monuments and attractions Ronda Today is at your disposal.
The first evidence of the manufacturing of wool blankets and cloths dates from the 17th century, with written documents specifying that the King Philip V of Spain granted certain privileges to the cloth and blanket manufacturers in Grazalema. This technique probably started during the previous centuries, but it was during the 17th and the 18th centuries that it reached its greatest splendour. Many of the cloths and blankets manufactured in Spain were exported to Latin America and Europe, and Grazalema was one of the main manufacturing centres in the country. According to historians, there were about 10 manufacturing plants in Grazalema, and most of the inhabitants in the area worked in this industry’s different processes, or – as we call it nowadays – in its ancillary industry: spinners, finishers, weavers, carders, etc.
The woolen mill is open every weekday (closed on weekends) You can visit the shop and see some of the old machinery.
A fantastic place to visit at any time of year, the botanical gardens in the village of El Bosque holds a large collection of plants that you can find here in the Sierra de Grazalema. If you have an interest in botany or wildlife in general then this place is ideal to visit. All the plants in the well laid out gardens are named in Spaisn and scientific to help you with your identifications of the lovely flowers you saw whilst walking in the Sierra de Grazalema. Sue from Wildside Holidays has written a great article to help you get the most out of a visit. Click here to see her full article and images.