Archive for the ‘Sierra de Grazalema’ Category

The Caminito del Rey, El Chorro

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
The new Caminito del Rey

The new Caminito del Rey

Interesting news coming from Malaga province of Andalucia with the Caminito del Rey or “Kings path” almost about to reopen. The Caminito is famous to climbers and adrenalin junkies the world over after the death defying video was loaded onto you tube in 2009.

The pathway was originally built over 100 years ago, pinned to the side of the Gaitanes gorge to get materials and to allow for inspections between the three Guadalhorce dams.

But now, with a total investment of around 11 million Euros, the broken and dangerous path has been restored and is due to open to the public in January 2015. Not without it’s polemics as local climbers (and worldwide) are complaining that their favorite European radical climbing site will be spoiled with the influx of thousands of us ordinary folk wanting to walk the new and safe path. Time will tell what happens but one thing is for sure, this tiny village of El Chorro needs to get ready for mass tourism fairly quickly.

Full informaation (in English) over at

Its Orchid Season!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

One of many of the amazing images by my good friend Sue Eatock. See her wildlife writing here.

Ophrys lutea


New blogger at Iberianature?

Monday, March 17th, 2014

cliveI thought I would introduce myself 🙂 I guess I am a writer, photographer, Webmaster, Administrator and Holiday Coordinator. I have lived in Spain for over 12 years and during the last 8 in the beautiful village of Grazalema in Western Andalucia. My passion is wildlife and it’s connection to people. I am a founding member of The Iberianature Forum, the best (and only) English language resource for anyone who is interested in the nature, culture and history of Spain.

I spent the years January 2009 to January 2014 running the tourist information office in the village of Grazalema and dealing with over 2000 visitors to my office every month certainly took its toll. So, after I decided to close my office and “retire” hahaha, I was very happy that Nick asked me to write a few posts here on Iberianature.

I have recently created the Iberianature Business Directory of nature and wildlife companies in Spain.

I am the webmaster, sales manager and coordinator for Wildside Holidays and the greater part of my work goes on behind the scenes, making sure hotels are working well for our customers and organising the daily routine of breakfasts, lunches and evening meals.

The major projects I am involved with are: – The Business Directory – Blogging about the various aspects of Spanish wildlife, geography and history. – My nature walking holiday company – The best English language forum about the nature of Spain – My Grazalema tourist office website (spanish language mostly)

I guess I am not “retired” yet! I hope you enjoy my posts and links…


The Rain in Grazalema

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

weather-set-1One of my favorite writers in Spain, Sue Eatock who lives in Grazalema – Andalucía, has been studying the wildlife in her area for more than 10 years now. In one of her latest articles she explains why Grazalema gets the highest rainfall in Spain.

“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!

The most green and humid areas of the Spanish Peninsular are the northern coastal zones which face the Atlantic ocean and from the Pyrenees mountain chain to the Catalan coast of the Mediterranean. These areas have rainy weather with a precipitation average of over 800 mm per annum and yet statistically the village of Grazalema in Andalusia is famous because of the fact that it receives the most rainfall in the  iberian Peninsular. Some years recording more than 2000mm. (more…)

Los Llanos de Libar

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Steve has this very nice post on his Cornish Nature web with some lovely photos of a field trip to Los Llanos de Libar on the edge of the Sierra de Grazalema. Check out his embedded recording of Perezi’s frog calls.
Los Llanos de Libar – A Land of Reptiles, Amphibians & Mole Crickets

Walking in Grazalema

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Very nice post from Sue on the forum relating a Christmas walk in Grazalema. The follow-up discussion on pozos de nieve (snow wells) is interesting too. Forum

Griffon vulture in Grazalema with a bell

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Clive of wildside holidays took these rather unlikely photos of a griffon vulture in Grazalema complete with a goat’s bell. He informs me “He/she reared a chick this year without it seems any problem but I did wince every time I saw feeding commence. The chick was lucky it didn’t get brained? I wonder how many eggs get broken whilst he/she is turning them.” …”Apparently there is another one flying about in Cazorla. A neighbour of mine says that the goat herders used to do it a lot if they caught a griffon on the ground after a big feed. Apparently it’s funny” I like these photos almost as much as his “wryneck attacking the horseshoe whipsnake”. Clive is also joint owner of the iberianatureforum.

Insects in Sierra de Grazalema

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Some more lovely photos by Clive and Sue who run guided walking tours in the Sierra de Grazalema. They note “The scolia flavifrons are most interesting (male on the left, female to the right). These wasps parasitize rhino beetle larvae.. ” Below thread lacewing (nemoptera bipennis) -check out the head close-up in second photo which as Clive points out is amazing- looks to me like its wearing headphones, and, far right blue bee Xylocopa violacea

Wryneck and horseshoe whipsnake

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

This spectacular photo was sent to me by Clive and Sue who run guided walking tours in the Sierra de Grazalema . The wryneck lost the fight with the horseshoe whipsnake. It ate the chicks and the nest was abandoned. Some more great stuff from them in the next few days.