Explore the area 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
Take the train from Ronda to Algeciras, and enjoy the spectacular scenery and views of the Moorish villages of the Genal Valley en route.
The Most Elegant Way to Sightsee
Explore the historic centre of Ronda in a horse-drawn carriage, and imagine the times when this was the usual mode of transport. The carriage trips begin from outside the bullring.
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.
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.
Cueva de la Pileta
See 25,000 year old cave paintings in the Cueva la Pileta on the Benaoján-Cortes road. These fabulous caves have remarkable examples of Paleolithic art, amazing stalagmites and stalactites, and a large underground lake. The guided tours last about one hour (take a jumper - it's chilly inside these mountains!). The caves are open every day 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. till 6 p.m.
Visit a Cathedral inside a Mosque
The beautiful city of Córdoba is full of surprises. Who would ever have thought that the world-famous mosque contains a cathedral.....
See how the Cave Dwellers Live
Feel like a troglodyte in Setenil's streets of overhanging rock and cave-like buildings. This pretty town has some interesting historical monuments and good restaurants, many of them built into the mountainside.
Take a Tapas Tour
Do a tour of tapas bars, and sample something you have never tried before. Look out for the not-to-be-missed 'berenjenas fritas' (fried aubergines with honey), 'gambas pil-pil' (prawns in sizzling oil with garlic and red chilli), or the 'tortilla de patata' (potato and onion omelette).
The Grandeur of Granada
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! www.alhambra-tickets.es
See Sevilla from the River
Take a boat trip along the romantic Guadalquivir River in Sevilla, before climbing to the top of the Giralda Tower for a bird's eye view of this beautiful city. Explore the historic Barrio Santa Cruz district on foot to see the flower-filled patios and tiny squares
The name of this elegant house means 'olive grove' in Arabic. Visit the open-air market in Ronda on Sunday morning and buy a selection of the many varieties of olives. They're the ideal nibble with pre-dinner drinks.
All the Fun of the Feria
Experience all the fun of the fair at a 'feria'. Every city, town and village has one at some time during the year, with fairground attractions for the young (and the not-so-young!), music, dancing, and marquees serving food and drink. The party goes on all night, and if you find yourselves flagging, have some sinfully delicious chocolate and churros to perk you up. Ronda Feria is in September.
Stand by a Waterfall, Swim in a Lagoon
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.
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.
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