Enjoy an active trip in the mountains of Sierras de Cazorla

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Sierras de Cazorla is a stunning mountain range that lies north of the second biggest national park in Spain – Sierra Nevada – on the south coast. The former sees fewer visitors every year than its infamous neighbor, however, if it’s not more so, then it’s definitely just as impressive a place to see! The park offers spectacular views and sights and an abundance of activities that you can engage in, most of which are eco-friendly!

What to do

Sierras de Cazorla is a perfect destination for a cycling holiday with its smooth wavy mountain roads that stretch throughout the whole region. The views that open up from the tops of the climbs are breathtaking, especially if you ride in the evening when the sun casts beautiful shadows and changes the colors of the surrounding landscapes. It also bursts with a range of trails for day walks, short and long hiking trips, trail running and mountain biking. Enjoy a day on the Guadalquivir or Guadalentin river canoeing, rafting or canyoning, or take a thrill in abseiling, climbing, and zip lining in the mountains. There are also via ferrata routes, for the bravest among you! There is something on offer for every taste and every level of ability.

Where to stay

Nested in the south of the natural park, the town Cazorla is located right on the doorstep of some of the most amazing trails in the whole area.
It is also a great place to find some of the cheaper accommodation options, such as the Albergue Inturjoven youth hostel. The town features fascinating landmarks, such as the Yedra Castle, Santa Maria Church ruins and the cave underneath (not to be missed!). Charming narrow streets, quirky cafes, pubs and souvenir shops are sure to attract anyone’s attention. If driving, be aware that some roads are very steep and narrow (especially in the town) and require a good level of driving skills. Stay safe!

Best time to visit

South of Spain is generally warm all year round, although it can get very cold in the mountains at night during winter times. The best time to go and enjoy an active trip is during off-season in the months of May or October, when the temperatures are comfortably warm and there is still a little chance of rain. Click here for the average weather in Cazorla in Spain.

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This article was last updated on September 22, 2020.