El Bocao

Ronda and El Gastor

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Web Ref: 3533
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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Entrance hall. Kitchen (oven, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine). Sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, A/C, WiFi, fireplace). Shower room. Single bedroom. Twin bedroom. Principal double bedroom with en suite bathroom. 
  • Outside: Attractive grounds of lawns, flowerbeds and olive trees. Open and covered terraces. In-built barbecue. Private parking. 
  • Private swimming pool (7m x 4m).

Just 1km from Ronda’s atmospheric southern quarter of San Francisco, this beautifully presented home looks out across the beautiful slopes of the Serranía de Ronda towards the town itself, a particularly stirring sight at night when the ancient monuments are lit up and highlighted against the whitewashed walls and terracotta rooftops of the surrounding buildings.

This is an enviable location that offers the best of both worlds.  Surrounded by gently undulating fields peppered with the silvery-grey leaves of olive trees and enjoying views towards a range of higher slopes beyond, its picturesque garden and spacious dining terrace offer the scenic and restful ambience of a rural setting and yet just a 20 minute walk away, via a series of country lanes, are the lively streets and squares of Ronda.

Nestling just below the old city walls, the almost village-like quarter of San Francisco is home to typical streets of whitewashed homes, bedecked with flower-filled wrought iron balconies. At its hub is a cobbled square, bordered with houses, local shops and one of Ronda’s most atmospheric restaurants.  This square is only 2km from the house and lies just in front of the ornate Moorish gateway that leads the way through the walls up into the old part of the city.

When not exploring the historic delights, charming restaurants and enticing shops of this most stunning of southern Spanish towns, guests will be able to enjoy the smart facilities of what is clearly a much-loved residence.  Neatly clipped hedges and beautifully tended flowerbeds surround the swimming pool and its adjacent lawns, olive trees provide dappled shade and a pen of hens sits neatly alongside the lower boundary.  Displaying the exquisitely carved wooden furniture for which Ronda is famed, wonderfully plump seating for lounging and an elegant colour scheme of warm hues, the attractive interior is stylish and comfortable, with the kitchen, dining area and principal bedroom all benefitting from the sweeping views.

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Great Things to Do Near El Bocao

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).

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/

Ronda Romantica

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.

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/

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

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!

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.

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.

Treat yourself!

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.

Nearby

Towns

Ronda 5 mins
Ronda (on foot) 30 mins

Beaches

San Pedro de Alcantara 50 mins

Airports

Malaga 90 mins
Jerez 100 mins
Gibraltar 110 mins
Sevilla 110 mins
Times are approximate

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