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Zahara + Grazalema Pit Stop

Ahhh, an Andalusian summer has begun. It’s time to get up and get out to experience our beloved España. One of my favorite places to venture off to is Zahara de la Sierra. It’s just a little over an hour from Rota and the scenery contrasts greatly from the usual beach scene but is equivacantly beautiful.

So, brace yourselves, because these photos I’m about to show you will make you want to gather your friends and family and head for a hike straight away.

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White villages are like no other; quaint, quiet and charming.

The pathway to the top is very steep and not shaded which made for a difficult hike in the sun, but the views are so very worth it.

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Not bad, Zahara. Not bad at all.

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This is the reward once you finally reach the top of the very steep pathway. This little hike ends with a castle, as many good hikes do.

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Exploring the nooks and crannies of the castle is half the fun.

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My very handsome and smart brother visited for a weekend as he’s studying abroad in Rome. We visited him the weekend prior and it had been a whopping TWO years since I’ve seen him. Spain definitely has its’ perks but being away from family has got to be the worst downside. We were so happy to get to spend time with him and catch up.

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The next part I’m about to tell you is going to knock your socks off…

There is a restaurant in Zahara called Al Lago that ranks on my top 3 places I’ve eaten in Spain in the last five years. Yes, it’s that good.

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Make sure to start your meal with a selection of local cheeses (always a good choice) paired with quince and onion marmalade.

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My husband had the delicious sea bass.

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My smart little bro made the wise choice of salmon. Twas excellent.

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And I devoured this Moroccan chicken in about 10 seconds flat in the most un-lady like way. Al Lago’s moroccan chicken makes me kiss my manners goodbye, y’all.

On the way home, we wanted to bring my brother rock-climing so we took a 30 minute detour through the gorgeous mountains and went to Grazalema.

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We just love it out here.

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The views around here are just phenomenal.

To help you get on your way, check out these links:
Zahara de la Sierra via Andalucia.com
Book your stay at Hotel Al Lago via Booking.com
More information about Hotel Al Lago & Restaurant
Read about Grazalema hikes via Andalucia.com

Happy travels, y’all!

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