Sierra de Grazalema (olive oil and cheese)

On this excursion we take you to the Sierra of Grazalema, an outstandingly beautiful mountainous region, around 100 kilometres to the southwest of Seville. We will start by visiting a traditional olive oil mill which was built in 1755. Here you will learn about the old method of production, using hydraulic presses, which is now used in very few places.After tasting the olive oil they produce there will be time to look around the nearby picturesque white town Zahara de la Sierra before heading on to another beautiful white town called Grazalema along one of the most spectacular roads in Spain.

In Grazalema we will be visiting an artisanal local cheesemaker who is a very good friend of ours. Cheese in the area is made from the milk of two local breeds, the Payoyo goat and the Merino de Grazalema sheep. Many people consider them to be the best cheeses in the south of Spain. At the cheesemaker’s you are going to learn about everything that goes into making these great  cheese from unpasteurised milk and, of course, you’ll get to taste a selection of them. If you like cheese, then you are in for a treat. We will then head off for some more food at one of the best restaurants in the area sampling fine local dishes which may include paté, soups, charcuturie, lamb, game meat, etc., all accompanied by local wine. After lunch there will be time to stroll around Grazalema before heading back to Seville.