El Pinsapar Benamahoma Reviews
A tree and a walk Dec 19, 1993
This walk is not allowed in the vulture nesting season and needs a permit in other seasons. I believe the natural park centre in Grazalema may have shut but I am sure somebody there will give you advice. I believe there are walks that enter the Pinsapar itself. This one gives a view of it across a valley but there are quite a few specimens of the abies pinsapo (Spanish fir) on the path. I have to stress that the beauty of the walk is in no way dependent on a love of trees - the mountain views in a limestone sierra are superb. However, if you are interested in trees, you have the icing on the cake.
This tree was common in the ice age but is now very rare except in this part of Spain. It has some resemblance to a Christmas tree but the bark is quite different and the leaves have a bluish tint.
The walkcan be taken in either direction. I started in Grazalema and eventually returned from Benamahoma by road with the Salto del Cabrero (separate review) prominent in the view with the sun seting.
To start the walk from Grazalema, go on a short distance after it leaves the road to El Bosque until you see a steep path to your left. Go up here right up to the ridge - an ideal place for a picnic - and then, having crossed the ridge go to your left on a clear path. basically you follow it until you reach Benamahoma where you will find a very welcome bar.
Part of the Andalucia 1993 travel blog
Part of the list Splendid Spanish Spots
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