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near Grazalema, Andalucía (España)
IN ENGLISH: Grazalema - Presillas Pass - Boyar - Grazalema
We will leave the Grazalema main square, and head towards the camp site via the main road in town’s outskirts. We will take the path on the right hand side just after the campsite. We will continue climbing, and on our way we will see the amazing rock formations of the Peñon Gordo. We will pass through the Era de Trillo, where until the mid twentieth century, wheat was separated from the chaff, and oats or chickpeas were grown in any useful small area of land. We will then arrive at the Llanos del Endrinal (Endrinal Plains), where cereals were once cultivated, whereas today pines, oaks and shrub species are now grown. Once we have crossed over the plains we will find the Pozo Pilar Abrevadero (Pilar Abrevadero well), which supplies water for the sheep and cattle grazing on this mountain. We will then slowly climb through the Puerto de las Presillas. We will then pass the old Pozos de Nieve (Snow Wells) (whose ice was used in game hunting in this area in order to keep the meat fresh during its transport to Coto Doñana, this usually took place at night so the ice would not melt) and the Pozo Pilar de las Presillas (Pilar de las Presillas Well), with its five pillars carved by hand with hammer and chisel on limestone typically found in the area. At this point we will come across an intersection where we will take the path to the right leading us to Puerto del Boyar (Boyar Pass). Before, we must take a peek at the path on the left, and just under a distance of around 500 metres after crossing the gate, we can enjoy the Las Encinas Gamelas views (as named by the working group El Tercer Tiempo). We will then make our descent, passing the source of the Guadalete River and the ‘Calera del Navazo’. At the Boyar viewpoint we will be able to enjoy 360 degrees of views of the mountains surrounding us and we’ll be able to see the ionic Salto del Cabrero. We’ll then head back towards the town via a beautiful route accompanying the Guadalete River.