Geoff Scott-Simpson Gallery, Gaucín

Geoff Scott-Simpson Gallery, GaucínVisitors 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.

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Semana Santa in Ronda 20 March – 27 March 2016

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.

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Here is  a PDF document (in Spanish) showing all the processions and times. semana santa 2016

Parador Gibralfaro, Malaga ****

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.

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Ronda Hotel Polo ***

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.

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Hotel San Francisco, Ronda **

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.

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Best Hotels in Ronda and the Serranía

Within Ronda and the Serranía de Ronda, as well as the Sierra de Cadiz and Guadalteba there are over 100 hotels, so which do you choose for your holiday?

It all depends on your needs, do you prefer to be in the city or out in the country, and are you looking for comfort or is a traditional and authentic hotel more your scene. We’ve analysed our reader statistics (all 70,000 unique visits per month) and the top thirty hotels viewed on Ronda Today by readers over the last year (feb 2015 – Feb 2016) are as follows. Read on and check out the links to all the hotels…. Continue reading Best Hotels in Ronda and the Serranía

Hotel Fuerte, Grazalema ****

The Fuerte Grazalema as its name suggests is located within the famed Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and the location provides for plenty of nature related activities, not least of them being hiking or cycling around the mountains. A small stock of bicycles are kept at the hotel for guest use, and staff are able to arrange for horseback riding nearby.

Very close to Grazalema, the hotel overlooks the ancient medieval part of the village from the east, and is also about 28km from Ronda, or only a few kilometres of Zahara de la Sierra. Daytrips from Grazalema to see other parts of the Sierra de Cadiz or the Serrania de Ronda are not stressful days. Returning to the four star Hotel Fuerte, enjoy relaxing by the large outdoor pool, or book some time in the hotel jacuzzi.

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All guest rooms at the Fuerte Grazalema are large and spacious, and have their own private balcony overlooking the valley below Grazalema. Each balcony is provided with a table and chairs, French sliding doors access the room which includes extra long beds, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, and Wi-Fi Internet.

Apart from the bicycle rental service, the hotel also offers laundry and ironing services, and if needed, babysitting services can be provided. Newspapers are delivered daily in the hotel reception. Breakfast is sumptious and filling, perfect for long days exploring the district, and the hotel restaurant is open every night for guest choosing to eat on the premises.

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Hotel Facilities

77 Rooms Disabled Access Parking Available Swimming Pool
Room Service Terrace Wi-Fi Internet Air Conditioning
Direct Dial Telephone Satellite TV Multilingual Staff Jacuzzi
Central Heating Hair Dryer Restaurant Bar

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Hotel Al Lago Guesthouse, Zahara de la Sierra ***

Hotel Al Lago is a delightful boutique hotel on the edge of the lake at Zahara de la Sierra, with just 4 rooms, but each sumptiously decorated for the discerning traveller. Add to that the world class gourmet restaurant operated by the husband and wife owners of Al Lago and you’ll discover a haven of culture and class in the very heart of the Grazalema Natural Park.

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