Natural Park of Grazalema.The...
Natural Park of Grazalema.The sierra of Grazalema was the first area to be declared a Natural Park in Andalucia (a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1977), and is one of the most ecologically important areas of Spain.
The area is famous for its spectacular limestone cliffs and landscape of gullies, caverns and gorges, the most spectacular being La Verde, with rocky walls that rise almost vertically for 400 metres. It contains the highest point in the province of Cádiz, El Torreón, at 1,654 metres.
The diverse flora contrast with the production of cork from the area. Growth here is boosted by the high rainfall-the sierra de Grazalema gets more rain than any other part of Andalucia.
As for the fauna, the lion buzzard dominates the skies here, with one of the biggest breeding populations in Europe. It competes for airspace with six different species of eagle, as well as goshawks and Egyptian vultures.
The charming white village of Grazalema is set between two towering peaks, the Pico del Reloj and the Pico de San Cristóbal. The region is noted for its Mediterranean plant species, and the magnificent forest of Spanish fir found in the Sierra del Pinar. The abundant local fauna includes the griffon vulture, chamois, deer, roebuck, Egyptian mongoose, imperial and royal eagle, osprey and Egyptian vulture.
The region is sprinkled with picturesque villages well worth the visit, like Zahara de la Sierra, and there is an archaeological site of major importance at La Pileta, a cave with paintings from the Paleolithic period.
A basic industry here is leather items made from goatskin. There is a growing tourist infrastructure, with opportunities for hunting and fishing. Human activity here dates back to Palaeolithic times, as the cave paintings in the Cueva de la Pileta testify. The land is still maintained with a view to a healthy balance between productivity and conservation
This little rooms will be found all over the walls, and also something similar on some towers of the old houses that are also called GARITAS.
A lo largo de las murallas de Cádiz encontraras estas garitas y también en lo alto de algunas torres de las casa antiguas.
Carnivals 2005 (4-13 February)
Carnivals in Cadiz have an official length of 10 days, but it is not real as for a month before at the Falla theatre is the Competition of Chirigotas, coros, comparsas etc…
The previous Thursday to the beginning of the Carnival is the final of junior and the final for adults on the Friday where also someone famous comes and gives a speech to inaugurate it … and the next 9 days is crazy in Cadiz.
Vejer de la Frontera
I love to stop at VEJER DE LA FRONTERA, where i have enjoyed good days years ago. It is sited on the top of a mountain, and apart of an old castle and incredible views it has the spirit of a white village.
From here you can visit all the coast from Zahara de los atunes, crossing Barbate till Conil Beaches, visiting some natural parks and also Caños de Meca and Trafalgar.
All this area is called LA JANDA
If you like live music, monologues, flamenco, poetry, theatre and all things related then you might enjoy this place.
It's name is pronounced pie-pie although written pay pay (it is expensive therefore it's written name suits it). A beer cost 2.50 a bottle (no beer on tap).
The atmosphere is good though with a mix of foreign students and locals of all ages and walks of life.
Many of the live music shows tend to be singer-song writer's. It is nicely decorated inside.
Shows are normally held on Friday and Saturday nights. No dress code but you shouldn't talk during the shows it is considered very bad manners. So if there is a show go there to see it and not catch up with your friends. Even when we talked in a low voice we were shushed! So be warned: It is considered disrespectful not to give your full attention to the artist,