A visit to nearby Grazalema wouldn't be complete without strolling around some of the shops selling local produce from the 'Sierras'. Most popular here is a Goat's Cheese made from the milk of Payoyo goats. It is delicious washed down with a good red wine from Ronda!
Relax and gaze!
Sit beside Casa Irene's lovely pool and just gaze... at the stunning view, at the large variety of birds flying by, at the pretty white village of Zahara in the distance over the lake. This is true relaxation therapy.
Don't forget to bring your binoculars!
The views from Casa Irene are wonderful, but are even more enjoyable if you have some binoculars. There are vistas all around the house, towards the white washed village of Zahara over the lake and the peaks of Lagarin and Las Grajas just behind. Bird watchers will not be disappointed, especially with large groups of Griffon Vultures riding the thermals above you.
Visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada
A great day trip to do is visit the Alhambra palace in Granada, just over a two-hour drive away. Tickets must be booked well in advance, so book online before your holiday to avoid being disappointed! www.alhambra-tickets.es
Be active and do a great cycle ride!
The "Via Verde" or Green Way runs for 36 kilometers along the old railway line near the village of Olvera. This is an ecotourism route that can be done on foot, bicycle, horseback, and even donkey! Contemplate exuberant nature, valuable plant and animal species and the most beautiful landscape. Bicycles can be hired for a day. www.fundacionviaverdedelasierra.com
Hire a Kayak on the nearby lake.
In the summer months kayaks can be hired for fun for all the family, on the turquoise waters of the nearby lake.
Explore the pretty white villages.
At Casa Irene you have a wonderful base to go out and explore the white-washed local villages dotted around the hills and mountains. All have their own special charm and culture, the local people are always friendly and welcoming. Many villages, such as Zahara and Olvera, are topped with Moorish castles which make them a great place to explore with children too.
Take a stroll back in time.
This area has been settled since prehistoric times and around El Gastor evidence has been found of dolmens, or Megalithic burial grounds. The most famous of these is El Charcón, commonly known as the ‘Tumba del Gigante’. This ‘Giant’s Tomb’ dating from the Bronze Age is formed by three-metre high stone pillars and a nine-metre long passageway. Just a short walk uphill from the village it makes a pleasant ramble with some great views too!
A date not to be missed in Ronda is “Ronda Romantica”, 15th, 16th and 17th May 2015. 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.
Visit Ronda - "the City of Dreams"
Standing on the 'Puente Nuevo', (which is actually an old bridge and not new at all) and peering into the dizzying depths of the gorge which divides the town is just one not-to-be-missed experience that Ronda has to offer.
Jerez, the home of Sherry and Horses
The lovely city of Jerez is under an hour's drive from Casa Irene, and is home to the sherry wineries and the Royal Equestrian School. Watch the amazing 'How The Andalucían Horses Dance' show and then pop along for a guided tour of a winery and, of course, the chance to sample the local tipple!
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