Its hard to believe that a place in Andalucia with around 300 days of blues skies and sunshine every year can also lay claim to being the “wettest place in Spain”
What makes Grazalema the wettest place in Spain?
The Sierra de Grazalema has a special microclimate. We are in a place whose topography dictates it to be the rainiest site in Spain because it is the first high area which the humid sea winds hit after coming off the Atlantic. Winds driven across these lowlands warm up and then rise abruptly on meeting the mountain range, causing a cooling effect and cloud formation with precipitation. The natural inclines then guide water to flow rapidly into streams, rivers and arroyos (seasonally flowing streams that are dry during summer). Lower down this water is being reserved in man-made reservoirs to prevent its instant loss from the area.
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.
Its getting hot in the Sierra de Grazalema with temperatures above 35C… Still it is a paradise. have a look at Sues latest article about flowering plants in Grazalema during the month of July.
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.
If you would like to book a taxi or minibus in advance from Malaga Airport to Ronda or Grazalema, Malaga Airport Taxi come highly recommended with very competitive prices for such a quality of service. Book for just one or up to twenty passengers in a fully licensed private transfer vehicle. No need to pay anything in advance – just pay the driver in cash or with credit card. See their website www.marbellataxis.com/ or call them on +34 693 900 900.
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