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The Genal Valley
The Genal Valley is located between the Natural Parks of the Sierra de las Nieves to the east, and the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and the Alcornocales Natural Park to the North.
The valley of the Genal River is the territory of the Serrania de Ronda that has the largest number of municipalities, 15 out of 25 of the total in the Serrania de Ronda. Although it has very few inhabitants (9000 approx.) most people are charming and friendly, and very approachable for information on the area and it's history. The emigration and the vegetative descent (fewer children per family unit) have meant a huge loss of population, especially in the 50s and 60s, but also to the current day as agriculture struggles and employment in building declines.
The people of the Genal Valley have maintained a rich natural and cultural heritage since time inmmemorial, and are very willing to share this with visitors and new people moving to the area.
To appreciate its values it is a must to visit all its towns: Pujerra, Igualeja, Parauta, Cartajima, Júzcar, Faraján, Alpandeire, Atajate, Benadalid, Benalaluría, Algatocín, Jubrique, Genalguacil, Benarrabá and Gaucín.
The Genal River rises in the most rugged foothills of the Sierra de las Nieves. In the town of Igualeja, a spectacular birth brings a crystalline flow to its bed. Its lenght is about 53 km from it's two sources of Igualeja and Júzcar, where at both villages you can visit the source.
Mountain walks to to the north and east by "Los Riscos" mainly a lime stone landscape coming from different prehistoric periods, now a mountain range with a rare selection of minute plants and shrubs clinging to the rock face, and unusually displays marine flosses from when this rugged lunar like landscape, was the floor of the Mediterranean, before the collision between Europe and Africa Worth visiting are the Sierras de Júzcar, Cartajima and Igualeja and to the south by Sierra Bermeja with Genalguacil and the Pina Blance Peak, with incredible views of the valley from the south, and the Costa del Sol from Malaga to Gibraltar and the North African Coast. There is an ancient vartety of Pine called Pinsapo, which grows on the peaks of the Sierra Bermeja, Serrania de Los Nieves to the East, and the Rif mountains of North Africa. What's most amazing about the Pinsapos is they survived the Ice Age, and each of these mountain ranges in a tri-angle can be seen form each other.
Numerous streams of pour their waters in to the River Genal such as: Gorgorte, Benamaya, Benajamuz, Almarchal…
On its banks grow the trees and shrubs of rivera: walnuts, poplars, alders, willows, ash, oleander, ivy, some fern and the beautiful flower of the widow. Accordign to Moreno Borrel: "It is one of the places with more own identity and beauty at the frame of the Serrania de Ronda, and, generally speaking, of Andalusia. The valley of the Genal river parallel to the Guadiaro river, is surrounded by a dense vegetation which is mainly natural Mediterranean forestation since depleted in other Mediterranean countries, the cover which contains some deciduous trees like Sweet Chestnut and three varieties of Oak including the ancient Encinas and Cork Oaks. Also with Olive Groves, well adapted to these surroundings".
Guidebook to walking in the mountains of Ronda and Grazalema in Andalucía, southern Spain. The 32 graded routes range from 4 to 16km and explore the Natural Parks of Grazalema and La Sierra de las Nieves, the 'Pueblos Blancos' (White Villages) perched high in the mountains, and the Genal and Guadiaro river valleys.
Walks shown on the image to the right, mouseover for larger image.
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Valle del Genal, balcones de la serranía. MálagaCanal Andalucia Turismo, Published on 14 Mar 2015
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Exploring the lower Valley Genal with just some of it's villages, Genalguacil (1:40), Benaldalid (4:30), Benaluria (4:50) and Gaucin (8:27)
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