The Casas de Parauta isn’t just a hotel, in fact rooms are available though perhaps the most significant option is to book into an apartment or casa rural managed by the hotel of which 12 are available that sleep from 4 to 8 people.
Parauta is a quaint white washed village in the Genal Valley, and within the boundaries of the Sierra de las Nieves Biosphere. Views of the countryside are spectacular, an artists dream.
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Gaucin at the Southern end of the Serranía de Ronda is more than just a village in the middle of nowhere. This attractive white village founded by the Romans, and then expanded and heavily fortified by the Moors who named their village Gauzan, an Aran word meaning strong rock. These days Gaucin is better known as a haven for international artists who flock to the area for the peace and tranquility afforded them.
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The Hotel El Horcajo at Montecorto, around 20 minutes drive north of Ronda, is a unique place to stay as it is still a working farm though the owners take great care to ensure that farm duties don’t interfere with guest enjoyment.
Situated within the popular Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, the area is a spectacular distination for nature lovers and those who choose to holiday away from the crowds.
The historic city of Ronda is just 20 kilometers from this picturesque hotel, allowing guests of the hotel to easily visit some of the popular attractions including the bullring, Puente Nuevo, Arab Baths, Palacio Mondragon and Ronda’s historic Moorish quarter.
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The rural setting of the Cortijo Salinas provides a great view for its guests, located as it is in the heart of the Grazalema Nature Reserve and close to the shores of Lake Zahara. There are plenty of places to explore around the hotel and on returning, the relaxing atmosphere of the hotel Cortijo Salinas and the beautifully designed interior awaits.
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Bullfighting and banditry almost go hand in hand in Ronda, or at least they did in the early days when the Romero dynasty first came to prominence. A major part of the culture and history of modern Andalucia, bullfighting shows no signs of diminishing in Southern Spain, in fact both main political parties in the parliament of Andalucia seem determined to protect the art for the enjoyment of future generations.
Banditry on the other hand has had a much longer history, and these days is nothing more than a romantic memory, the last bandits having been shot or arrested by Franco’s Guardia Civil in the middle of the 20th century. Starting in the 9th century during the rise of the Islamic era, banditry was often more about politics and tax avoidance than outright thievery, though of course the objective was always to relieve wealthier people of their precious possessions. Continue reading The Romero Dynasty and Ronda’s Bandoleros
Almost every visitor to the Serrania de Ronda will hear about the beauty of Grazalema in the Cadiz province, technically the village is located within the western reaches of the Sierra de Cadiz that also includes the villages of El Bosque, Zahara de la Frontera, Algodonales, and Olvera, and is the north-eastern tip of Cadiz province.
Grazalema is one of the famous white villages of Andalucia, considered by many to be amongst the most beautiful, and given that it is broadly in the centre of its namesake, the Grazalema Natural Park which is equally as famous, it is hardly any wonder the village has such a reputation. Continue reading History of Grazalema Village in the Sierra de Cadiz
What can I say about gazpacho that hasn’t been said already, by the poets and playwrights of our region? It’s the Andalucian wonder-food, which has sustained us over centuries of poverty and hardship. “Cold tomato soup” doesn’t sound very spectacular, but believe me, it has magical properties.
It nourishes us when we’re hungry, cools us when we’re overheating, cures hangovers and soothes a thousand ailments. My family members think nothing of pouring a glass of tradtional gazpacho straight from the fridge, and consuming it as a refreshing drink.
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In the South of Spain in the summer people make delicious cold soups, the most famous being gazpacho. Another is porra, and this recipe for traditional Antequera porra is super simple to make.
This soup is softer in taste than the gazpacho and offers a thicker substance. Ask for it in restaurants and be pleasantly surprised, unless you accidentally ask for “Porro Porra”, in which case you might receive a rather incredulous stare and the comment that in Spain joints (ahem, a soft smokable drug) aren’t normally served… Continue reading Traditional Antequera Porra (Southern Spain)