Walk to Barrio San Francisco
The nearest part of Ronda to El Bocao is known as the “Barrio San Francisco”, just a short walk of around 20 minutes down the lane from the house brings you to the most charming part of Ronda. Just outside the city walls of the old town, the “Barrio” is almost a village in its own right. The charming square is bustling with activity, where you can find an array of tapas bars and restaurants. Try Bodega San Francisco for typical tapas or Restaurante Almocábar for a top class meal (booking recommended).
See the sights on two wheels
A local company offers cycling day trips with fully qualified British Cycling guides. There are a variety of different trips, from easy country rides to more difficult mountain climbs for more experienced cyclists. Contact Hike and Bike before your holiday to arrange dates with them. http://www.hikeandbikeholidays.com/cycling-spain/day-trips
La Alhmabra - Granada
Granada can be reched in two hours from Rond. Explore the old Muslim quarter of Granada city, the Albaicín, then wander around the Alhambra, which is one of the seven wonders of the world. Entrance tickets are timed, so you can book in advance and plan your day in this lovely city accordingly. Tickets must be booked well in advance, so book online before your holiday to avoid being disappointed! https://tickets.alhambra-patronato.es/en/
Indulge in some deep tradition
Flamenco is passionate and seductive, mysterious and misunderstood. A culture that has been burning in Andalucía for hundreds of years. Enjoy a chance to see some Flamenco dancing at its best with truly mesmerising guitar performances and song at El Quinqué, near to the bullring Ronda. https://www.elquinqueronda.com/
Buy some typical "dulces", cakes from the nuns
The sisters in the convent at Ronda, are famous for baking special biscuits and cakes for Navidad, Christmas, which the enclosed order sells through a ‘turno’, or revolving hatch, in the door. There are pastries and cakes made all year too.
Why not make an evening special and treat yourselves to a meal in a michelin-starred resturant. Benito Gomez and his team at Resturant Bardal have just been awarded in 2017 with a Michelin star. The restrestaurant is in the centre of town close to the bullring. Booking certainly recommended! http://restaurantebardal.com/home/ If you prefer something less formal, Benito also has a popular Tapas Bar "Tragata" also in the town centre.
A date not to be missed in Ronda, “Ronda Romantica” in May. 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.
Go down into the gorge
You cannot leave Ronda without going down to the bottom of the gorge. From the square in the barrio take the street downhill. Its climb uphill afterwards, but well worth it!
Explore the "Pueblos Blancos"
Ronda is close to the Natural Park "Sierra de Grazalema". Dotted around this maginificient landscape there are many small white washed villages to explore. Grazalema for example is a picturesque drive and is a charming place to expore the narrow streets with balconies and windows filled with colourful pots of geraniums. Its a great place fow walkers and bird watcher alike too.
Take a day out to Seville
Seville is Andalucía’s capital. It has some of the region’s most beautiful monuments. Easily reached, using the park and ride system by metro, taking the strain from trying to park in a busy unfamiliar city. Exit the metro in “Puerta Jerez” and you will find yourselves in the very heart of the city, close to the Cathedral. It’s a flat city so walking is easy, cycles can also be hired for a day, horse and carriages are plentiful, or “hop on – hop off “city open top bus tours can be easily found.
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