La Oliva
Great things to do near La Oliva
Rock-hewn houses
From Arriate, drive towards Setenil de las Bodegas. This is a peculiar (and spectacular!) village with houses built inside the mountain.

Best viewpoint for photos of Ronda
One of Ronda’s most popular short walks takes you to the ancient cave church, the Virgen de la Cabeza. Here is where the most spectacular views of Ronda and its gorge can be seen.

Convento de San Francisco
If you like sweets and command a good knowledge of the Spanish language, try to visit a convent in the old part of the town. It is in the square of San Francisco, and the name of the convent is Convento de San Francisco. The hard-working nuns earn a living for their foundation by making and selling cakes. Needless to say, food colouring and preservatives are not amongst the ingredients!

Explore Ronda
Back in Ronda, the city centre and old part of the town are filled with day trippers in summer, but it retains its Spanish flavour in the evenings, the best time for a walk along the gorge. The sunsets are beautiful.

Cave Culture
Why are bats so important to the eco-system of the caves in the Serrania de Ronda? Find out by visiting the Cave Museum in Montejaque, and learn how the caves were formed in this Karstic landscape.

Visit a Bodega
Some excellent wines are produced by 'bodegas' in the Ronda area and some bodegas offer guided tours and wine tastings. Ronda also has a wine museum where you can sip a glass as you wander around the beautiful old building and discover the history of wine production in the region.

Sunday Market
Every Sunday there is a market in the new part of the town, behind the football stadium. It starts at 9am, and finishes at about 2pm. The fruit and vegetable sold there are delicious. We suggest you go early for the best choice!

Bodega San Francisco
Another area with lots of bars, away from the tourist area is Plaza de San Francisco, in the old part of the town, by the old town walls. There are many bars there and the best one is Bodega San Francisco. Try its serranitos, a small sandwich with ham, pepper and tomato.

Head to the foot of the Gorge...
You cannot leave Ronda without going down to the bottom of the gorge (best approached via the old walls).

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