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Learning Spanish means adopting new ways of seeing, developing better multi-tasking, boosting your memory and even improving your first language. But if you do it in the right place and with the right people, it also means having the time of your life!
If you are visiting Ronda from the 19th to the 22nd of May 2016 then you are in for a real treat!
Beneath balconies draped with embroidered shawls and the streets bustling with people dressed as peasants, gypsies, bandits and figures from the Napoleonic War era Ronda is celebrating its Royal May Fair Festival “Ronda Romantica”.
The second oldest rural fair in Andalusia, and recreation of the fair’s atmosphere from the Romantic Age. Ronda is the perfect setting for this as it was an emblematic city for writers, artists, mule drivers and bandits in the nineteenth century. Equestrian shows, parades, horse riding tours, street performances, homemade foods, and a host of activities and events to entertain everyone.
You can get an idea of the atmosphere in this short film taken by a visitor to Ronda Romantica in 2014
Visitors to the mountain top pueblo blanco of Gaucín are rewarded by the finest views down over the rock of Gibraltar, into the Rif Mountains of Morocco and many kilometres beyond on a fine day. The village itself sits amongst forests of pine and sweet chestnut, is a mecca for wildlife and straddles the peaks like a lizard stretched out in the sunshine. Gaucín is well known for its artistic community drawn from around the globe by the Mediterranean light which illuminates the landscape and provides never-ending inspiration for painters, photographers, ceramicists and other artisans.
Pro-photographer Geoff Scott-Simpson has lived in Gaucín for two years and continues to be blown away by the beauty of the area which he has turned into a personal project. Being a resident rather than a visitor has meant he has familiarized himself with the local patterns of light and rhythms of nature thereby capturing the best of what Gaucín and the Serranía de Ronda has to offer which is simply world class. His eponymous gallery is located at the entrance to the village on the A-377 Manilva road.
The processions start on Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday this year is the 20th of March) and all are organized by the local Catholic Brotherhoods, and may involve several hours of hot sweaty walking through the city streets until the icon returns to its church at which point a party may start that lasts longer than the actual procession.
Women are often dressed in the finest outfits or in complete mourning black, children in communion dress, and men wearing robes with tall pointy hats unless they´re helping to carry the icon. Many will be carrying banners, or holding tall candles. In total there are 14 processions taking place in Ronda over 8 days.
Have a look at the promotional video for Semana Santa 2016…
Here is a PDF document (in Spanish) showing all the processions and times. semana santa 2016
With commanding views of the Mediterranean Ocean, the Parador Gibralfaro Hotel in Malaga is also located just out of the city next to the Gibralfaro Castle, and is the perfect spot to enjoy lazy days by the pool or in the hotel bar. Peace and tranquility is assured as the hotel sits at the end of the cul de sac with little traffic.
It begins with the facade, an elegant building in the very centre of Ronda’s commercial district, and leads to the salon and lounge, a welcoming environment for visitors to relax in the company of like minded folk. The Hotel Polo is one of Ronda’s oldest hotels so the management understand hospitality.
The 36-room hotel is known for its modernist style with rooms decorated in a soothing blue and white theme. Most of the rooms have their own access to balconies perfect for enjoying Ronda’s many colourful processions which pass below.
The Hotel San Francisco in Ronda is located near the center of the historic and culture-rich town. The location of the hotel is convenient for tourists as many tourist spots can be reached easily from the Hotel San Francisco.
Although not the biggest hotel in the area, the Hotel San Francisco makes up for its smaller size with quality service. All 27 rooms in this value hotel are designed with a modern touch. These rooms are air-conditioned, a necessity during summer months. For entertainment, all rooms also come with TV sets. The bathroom is also furnished with a hairdryer.