Mr Henderson's Walk
One of the most popular walks in the area, this 9km walk is easy and is best enjoyed in the springtime or autumn, when temperatures are cooler. It takes us along the valley from Benoajan to the village of Jimera, where one can enjoy the peace and quiet, abundant wildlife and unforgettable views. Catch the train back to from Jimera, in time for lunch or afternoon refreshments, at the lovely terrace of the Molino del Santo in Benoajan.
Enjoy the magic of Seville
You can now catch the new Metro train into Sevilla from the outskirts of the city – saving you the hassle of parking in this busy traffic jammed capital! Free parking at the station and trains run every 15 minutes.
Kayak on the lake at Zahara
Refreshing in the summer months, the lake near Zahara de La Sierra, offers wonderful scenery and you will be sure to be enticed into dipping into the waters. You can hire kayaks and explore. Also nearby, in the summer months there is La Playita, a lagoon of fresh spring waters, with grassed areas and trees for shade. There is even an adventure playground with zip lines, swinging bridges, a climbing wall and all kinds of fun things to keep the whole family entertained.
Enjoy Dining Al Fresco with views to the Sierra de Las Nieves
Set amongst the olive groves so typical of this area, the pool and BBQ of El Carmen are encircled by the backdrop of the Sierra de Las Nieves mountain range. The perfect place to relax, read a good book or make the most of the BBQ area.
A date not to be missed in Ronda, “Ronda Romantica”, 20th, 21st, 22nd May 2016. The whole town centre comes alive with the Recreation of the Romantic Era. A genuine encounter with the legendary past of this land and its identity. There are parades, battles, markets and parties galore as everyone is dressed up as old age travellers, horsemen and Bandits of the Serrania de Ronda. For the old and the young it’s a great Festival in Ronda.
Malaga City - the cultural centre of Andalucia
Malaga has more museums than any other city in Andalucía - over 30 at last count - and new ones are opening all the time. Learn about the city through its wine, at the Wine Museum; its social history and customs, from the collection of 19th-century paintings at the new Carmen Thyssen museum. It is also the birth place of Pablo Picasso, and the Picasso museum offers a wealth of the artist’s work. It is also expected that in 2015, the world famous gallery Centre Pompidou will open “The Cube” gallery in Malaga’s port.
Delicious Spanish Ham - perfect!
Whatever time of day, a plate of Spanish ham is always goes down well! Served with a red wine or local sherry, this dish really is the hallmark of Spanish cuisine. In Ronda you will be spoilt for choice at the “Casa Del Jamon” shop in the Calle Jerez.
Shop for local crafts
Especially in nearby Ronda, Grazalema and Zahara, there are some charming small craft shops selling unique art objects, ceramics, rugs and baskets made from olive branches and grasses. You can also buy leather goods, glazed tiles and beautiful wool shawls hand-woven locally.
Discover Ronda - The City of Dreams
Just a ten minute drive away from El Carmen is the historical city of Ronda. Famous for its large gorge, dividing the city in two and its impressive bridge joining the old town from the new.
Not far from El Carmen, the busy market is held on a Sunday morning. This lively event is a good opportunity to buy locally grown fruits, vegetables and of course the great variety of delicious olives.
La Cuidad - Ronda Old Town
Ronda retains much of its historic charm. Across the bridge, old Ronda, La Ciudad, sidewinds off into cobbled streets hemmed by handsome town mansions and intimate pathways to wander and explore. The views from the edge of the gorge here are stunning too.
Feria de Pedro Romero
Ronda celebrates its fair and festival in honour of Pedro Romero, the only fair in the world dedicated to a bullfighter, in September each year (9th-11th September 2016). “Rondeños” (locals of Ronda) and visitors alike can enjoy a whole week of fun and festivities. There are celebrations in the main town centre nearest to the bullring during the day. The main attraction being the “Corrida Goyesca”, a bullfight with the “toreros” wearing a traditional Goyesca style costumes based on the Spanish artist Goya. The first bullfight of this style was celebrated in 1954, on the 200th anniversary of the birth of the famous bullfighter from Ronda, Pedro Romero. There is also the large fairground on the outskirts of the town, near the roundabout. Bullfighting is not the only thing to see, ladies dressed in traditional gypsy flamenco dresses and the beautiful horse and carriage parade on Sunday is unquestionably worth seeing.
Discover the Pueblos Blancos
Ronda is close to the Sierra de Grazalema National Park. Dotted around the mountains are picturesque white washed villages. Some hilltop villlages even have castles to explore. Each one has its own charm and the locals always offer you a warm welcome.
Swim in the cristal clear waters by the Cueva del Gato Cave
The Cueva del Gato cave and lagoon are on the road between Ronda and Benaoján. The waterfall flows all year round, and all attempts to build a dam have failed, because the water always finds a way out. The cave is thought to have been a favourite hiding place for bandits in the past, but its depths are now only accessible by very experienced and qualified potholers.
Classic Spanish Guitar Concerts can be enjoyed in Ronda
If you are a fan of classical music, or even just fancy a taste of some real Spanish music - Celia Morales is a classical Spanish guitarist who performs small and intimate concerts in her academy in Ronda.
Plenty of choice for eating out in Ronda
Enjoy has a wealth of restaurants and popular Tapas bars. The choice is yours! Sit and relax in the many terrace cafes in the Plaza de Socorro, or join the locals in reasonably priced tapas bars all over town.
It will take your breath away!
La Alameda park in Ronda, offers a very pleasant evening stroll or "paseo". The views from the edge of the park over to the valley below and the Sierra de Grazalema will enchant you. The sunsets from here are totally mesmerizing.
Visit the Roman ruins at Acinipo, a few kilometres outside Ronda. This was an important town which minted its own coins, and the theatre is still well-preserved. There are also the remains of a Bronze Age settlement at the entrance.
Dancing Horses and Shery!
The lovely city of Jerez is a great day out. Visit a bodega and taste some sherries - the kids will love the train trip round the Tio Pepe bodega - and don't miss the Royal Equestrian School's world-renowned show "How The Andalucían Horses Dance' on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon.
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