Enjoy a game of mini-golf
or a dip in the pool in the garden of Huerta de las Vegas against a backdrop of wild flowers and butterflies fluttering in the fields beyond.
Take a Trip up where the Eagles Fly
From Huerta de las Vegas, it is a quick and easy drive to the beautiful village of Benamahoma, famous for its Moors and Christians Festival which takes place in August, and from there - if you don't mind heights - mountain passes lead to Grazalema and Zahara de la Sierra.
Enjoy your Surroundings
This area has been industrialised very little and the countryside still possesses a timeles tranquillity. Life is ruled by the changing seasons and the local bars are the centre for gossip, philosophy and entertainment.
Drive through spectacular mountain ranges and see the pueblos blancos of El Bosque, Prado del Rey and Benamahoma.
Hostal Las Truchas
Have a meal at Hostal Las Truchas in El Bosque; it is in fact a regional parador, and has been converted from an old warehouse into a series of rooms of striking proportions, with high ceilings supported by beautiful wooden beams. Las Truchas (The Trout) refers to the most southerly trout river in Europe, the Majaceite, which runs through the town. Dine in the main restaurant and try trout stuffed with raw ham.
After visiting El Bosque, Prado del Rey and Benamahoma, you should continue towards Grazalema. This is perhaps the most perfectly preserved of the pueblos blancos of the Serranía de Ronda.
Leather Goodsin Ubrique
And you cannot miss the town of Ubrique. This little town has dozens of shops selling excellent quality leather goods. A visit to its shops is a must during the sales, usually held in August.
Botany for beginners
And for keen botanists as well! Visit El Castillejo botanical garden in El Bosque and learn all about the flora of this area, then take a walk in the Sierra and see which plants you can identify.
For those of you interested in spending a day on the beach, we recommend beaches on the Costa de la Luz around Rota and Sanlúcar. Here you can find wide stretches of golden, sandy beach which go on for miles, constantly washed by the Atlantic currents.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda
Among the different towns along this coast, we recommend a visit to the town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. It is the centre of manzanilla production, regarded in Seville as the best local brew, and agreeably full of bodegas.
If you visit Sanlúcar, don't miss the seafood. Here you can find some of the finest seafood restaurants in Spain, packed during the busy summer season. Sanlúcar is great for prawns.
Talking of fish...
Visit the trout farm in El Bosque, buy fresh trout to cook at home in the oven or on the barbecue. Or if you don't feel like cooking, pop into the Bar Majaceite opposite and enjoy a meal based on this local speciality.
Seville is a city of exceptional beauty. It has an exotic blend of Islamic and Hispanic. It's a rewarding city to wander around, rich not only in monuments but in human life as well. There is hardly a stroll that does not lead to some unexpected corner humming with activity.
Roman Ruins at Italica
If you are interested in Roman ruins, you should spend a day at Italica, near Seville. Situated in the village of Santiponce, 7km from Seville, the remains of the substantial Roman settlement of Italica are worth discovering. It contains an amphitheatre, ruined theatre, villas, streets, the drainage system and excellent mosaics.
Jerez de la Frontera
Another straightforward day trip, about an hour away by car. Jerez is the home of many of the great sherry companies, which often have English names. A number of these offer regular daily tours. After the tour, sit at the long tables and taste different sherries, working from dry to sweet. You can purchase them too.
Royal Andalucían School of Equestrian Arts
Try to time your visit to Jerez to coincide with the Thursday show of the Royal Andalucían School of Equestrian Arts. Book tickets in advance by calling: 956 31 11 11.
Jerez Horse Fair
Horse lovers should not miss the Horse Fair of Jerez which takes place in May.
And do not forget the important Flamenco Festival of Jerez in August.
Don't miss Ronda
Ronda, divided by its famous ravine, is definitely worth a visit. Its impressive palaces, Moorish baths, and Spain´s oldest bullring should not be missed.
Stop for a drink at the Parador
Physical geography dictates that Ronda is a compact, walkable town. When the need arises to stop for a drink, we recommend the Parador cafeteria, from where you will enjoy wonderful views across the gorge.
Go to the Foot of the Gorge
You cannot leave Ronda without going down to the bottom of the gorge. Cross the gorge and drive along the narrow road until you come to the walls of the town. Turn right and then right again at the bar called Bodega San Francisco. Now simply go downhill.
Take in the views!
But perhaps the best views of Ronda are not down at the bottom of the gorge but rather opposite it. Drive to the old walls of the town and turn right following signs to Algeciras. Drive along this road which eventually leads out of Ronda. Soon you will see a purple sign for Ermita Rupestre, follow this and you will be rewarded with a great view of the town.
Take a round trip through the park
The scenery in this area is stunning; enjoy a leisurely car trip from Ubrique or El Bosque to Algar, Alcalá de los Gazules and back to Ubrique through Los Alcornocales natural park.
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