Hostal Virgen del Rocío, Ronda **

The Hostal Virgen del Rocio in Calle Nuevo, the premier restaurant street near to Plaza de Espana, is one of Ronda’s better known hostals and offers a choice of twin or double room.

All 15 rooms in the Hostal Virgen del Rocío are equipped with their own private bathrooms, are fully air conditioned and heated, and come with personal televisions. Rooms are available in single, twin, and double formats.

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Ronda Walk to Pilar de Cartajima and Roman Aqueduct

This is one of the walks most people want to do because of the Roman Aqueduct you see at the end of the walk, but is also one of the walks in Ronda rarely undertaken by visitors because very few people know the Roman aqueduct even exists, in fact Roman Ronda was a reality for nearly 700 years.

You’ll start the walk at the old entrance to Ronda, the Almocabar Gate which originally was used to reach the Muslim cemetery outside the city walls. In fact the plaza you walk across at the start is where the cemetery was. During the reconquest Spain’s Christian monarchs attacked Ronda from locations near the plaza. Continue reading Ronda Walk to Pilar de Cartajima and Roman Aqueduct

Malaga’s La Concepcion Botanical Gardens

Botanical gardens around the world are often a must-see visit while traveling, and Malaga’s La Concepcion Gardens are no different, though the gardens in Malaga have justifiably attracted a reputation for being amongst the best in Europe.

The gardens were founded in 1850 by Amalia Heredia Livermore and her husband Jorge Loring Oyarzabal who travelled the world in search of tropical plants for their garden, in the centre of which they built a traditional Andalucian palace replete with indoor courtyard.

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Malaga Cruise Ship Terminal

Malaga’s cruise ship terminal is one of the newest and fully featured in Spain, despite the 3000 years of operation of the port, and is located only a few hundred metres from the main pedestrianised part of the city centre.

At present the terminal is able to accommodate two ships at a time, though it isn’t uncommon to see as many as four cruise ships, two under anchor, and two berthed at the termninal gangways.

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Wines of Ronda

Wine has been made in Ronda and the Serrania since Phoenician and Grecian times, and in fact may have been made by iron age peoples before them. We can only speculate at the quality of wines produced in those olden times, though it is certain that wines were produced commercially during the Roman era, notably at Acinipo and Arriate, and most likely stored in warehouses at Setenil for eventual transport to Rome and the other great cities of the Roman Empire.

The last decade has seen new interest in wines from Ronda as the affluence of Spain continues to catch up with other European states. In recent years a concerted effort is being made to promote Rondan viticulture, and to this end the Association of Wine Growers in the Serrania de Ronda (Asociación de Viticultores de la Serrania), a combined grouping of all winemakers in the Serrania has come together to brand the wines of Ronda “Vinos de Ronda”. Most vintages bottled locally are now available for sale in Ronda’s many bodegas, or at the Wine Museum. Continue reading Wines of Ronda

Trafalgar and Caños de Meca on the Costa de la Luz

Mention the Battle of Trafalgar and most Europeans will know it as one of the decisive battles of the Napoleonic wars, but few would know precisely where Trafalgar is, and why sunseeking beach addicts should pay a visit.

As part of the Costa de la Luz, with golden sand beaches stretching from Tarifa to San Fernando on the outskirts of Cadiz, Trafalgar Beach could be expected to be a tourist mecca on the Atlantic Ocean. In fact the area is relatively undeveloped with a hippyish feel to it. Even nearby towns like Barbate, Vejer de la Frontera, and Conil de la Frontera are quiet tranquil places most of the year.

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Calanova Golf Club, Mijas Costa

18 Hole, Par 72, and 6,415 Yards, Malaga Costa del Sol

Calanova Golf Club is situated in the Mijas golf valley, between the sea and the Mijas mountains.

It has some extraordinary landscape views, including the sea and La Cala de Mijas mountains, at nearly every hole.

Players will find each hole exciting due to the extraordinary shape work. The golf course has a variety of fairway layouts. All are wide and clear, allowing you to see the obstacles in your way.

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Plaza de Toros, Sevilla

Bullfighting has a proud history and tradition in Andalucia, and no more so than in Sevillawhere the Plaza de Toros is still used to this day. Owned by the Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Sevilla, the plaza competes with Ronda for the title of oldest bullring in Spain.

Before construction was completed, bullfights in Sevilla would take place in the Plaza de San Francisco in a rectangular shaped arena specially erected and then dismantled for each corrida.

Designed by Francisco Sanchez de Aragon and Pedro y Vicente de San Martin, the current plaza is built was completed in the mid 1880s from stone and brick, and then renovated again in the 20th century by the renowned architect Anibal Gonzalez who also designed Plaza de España in the city.

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