Woodcock Orchid – Ophrys Scolopax

The Woodcock Orchid is my favourite flower any time I go into the countryside, even though it isn’t always visible since it only blooms from March to June.

To find this orchid really means getting off the roads in most cases and onto farmland or public land in the Natural Parks, preferably to areas that haven’t had sheep or goats present.

Whilst the Woodcock Orchid is found all along the Mediterranean, as far as nature in Ronda goes, you really want to get up to Grazalema, which is where you’ll have the greatest chance of seeing it accessibly. Continue reading Woodcock Orchid – Ophrys Scolopax

Campo Europa, La Cala Golf Resort, Mijas *****

18 Holes, Par 71, and 6,014 Metres

La Cala’s Third Course, the Campo Europa, was opened in March 2005. The fairways are generous from the tees and the greens are slightly larger than on the existing courses. They are not severely contoured but are well bunkered and are easier for the average golfer.

Course designer Cabell Robinson stresses the difference between the three courses “The three courses in La Cala Resort are all very different in character. The new course is the most different of the three because of the river Ojen; the others are in the hills. They are three good challenges and none is over long. Yet they are all very different in character. It gives a great option to golfers to have three 18-hole courses to choose from.”

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Getting from Malaga airport to Ronda (or Grazalema)

Looking for a company to get my guided walking guests to Grazalema I came across the Malaga Airport Taxi company.

They take the hassle out of traveling from Malaga airport to many destinations.  A transfer taxi company that is reliable,  punctual, fully licensed with high class vehicles and fares lower than standard airport taxi prices. Payment can be made to the driver in cash or with credit card. The online booking system is easy to use and you don’t need to pay in advance Find out more at the Malaga Airport Taxi website.

Even if you aren’t on a walking holiday with Wildside Holidays, Malaga Airport Taxi provide very competitively priced taxi and minibus transfers to Ronda and Grazalema. Their booking process is very simple.  Simply fill in their online booking form and they will send you a confirmation email containing your booking reference number along with your transfer details, including the price you need to pay.

With a high standard of vehicle, professional chauffeurs and a very good online reputation, you can rest assured that your airport transfer from Malaga will go smoothly.

You can book online at www.malagaairporttaxi.net or call their English speaking staff on +34 693 900 900.

Hotel Los Almendros, Cortes de la Frontera ***

Cortes de la Frontera (16km from Benaojan) is the closest town in Malaga province to the Alcornocales Natural Park, in addition to being within the boundaries of the Sierra de Grazalema, and near to the Guardiaro River, gives the Hotel Los Almendros a prime position for enjoying the nature of inland Andalucia.

The hotel design is rustic yet modern, with all comforts of a three star hotel provided, whilst being out of town to provide an even more tranquil holiday. Next to the hotel is a camp ground also owned by Hotel Los Almendros, but over the road so guests in the hotel aren’t disturbed. However the proximity of the camp ground means hotel guests are able to use the added facilities such as playground, games room, tennis court, BBQs, and swimming pool.

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All rooms at the Hotel Los Almendros are equipped with air conditioning systems for those hot summer days and are warmed using central heating during the colder times. Flat screen satellite TV, en suite bathroom, and Wi-Fi Internet are also included. The hotel terrace offers magnificent views of the area and is a great place to relax with a book or drinks at sundown. Continue reading Hotel Los Almendros, Cortes de la Frontera ***

Paper White Narcissus (Narcissus papyraceus)

In the winter months around the Serrania, you really won’t need to go very far to see more Paper White Narcissus than you could ever dream of.

Around Ronda and the Pueblos Blancos – the white villages – you won’t even need to get off the beaten track. This highly scented flower blooms in December through to February while the weather is cool, and if March and April are wet and cold they may stay in flower. Continue reading Paper White Narcissus (Narcissus papyraceus)

Hotel Central, Marbella **

A cosy and deluxe boutique hotel in Marbella’s Casco Historico, in a narrow street with flower pot filled windows and white painted walls, the Hotel Central Marbella is perfect for visitors who want to explore the history and magic of this beautiful city, and who prefer standards of decor and service far exceeding those of the average small hotel.

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Single, double and triple rooms are supplied, as well as a luxury penthouse suite with two bedrooms and furnished terrace. All of the rooms at Hotel Central are intended to be comfortable and functional, with modern furniture, plasma televisions, telephone, air conditioning, free Internet, hair dryer, and bathrooms with tubs. Continue reading Hotel Central, Marbella **

Anoreta Golf Course, Rincon de la Victoria

18 Hole, Par 72, and 6,016 Metres for professionals or 5,833 Metres for amateurs, Rincon de la Victoria, Costa del Sol

Located 12 kms East of Malaga Anoreta was designed by Jose Maria Canizares and is a course enjoyed by all standards of players. Lots of water, spectacular views of the sea and the surrounding mountains make this course a delight.

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A course which suits all players, demanding from the first tee but with easy-to-play fairways, fast and rolling greens, some well protected by bunkers; water obstacles on the course. All in all, a varied and pleasant round.

Many of the holes offer wonderful vistas, in particular hole 7 overlooking the coast. Facilities on hand include a pro shop, clubhouse, and padel courts.

Avda. del Golf S/N, Rincón de la Victoria, 29730 Málaga, España
Tel: +34 952 40 40 00

Estofado andaluz (Andalucian Hotpot)

One of our best-kept secrets here in southern Spain is the intense cold of our winters, especially in the mountains. For centuries before the advent of central heating, field labourers had to stock up on nourishing, warming food in order to get through a day’s work in the bitter cold. This leads us onto another of our best-kept secrets – the wonderful range of stews, roasts and hotpots which have evolved as our Andalucian form of internal anti-freeze. Continue reading Estofado andaluz (Andalucian Hotpot)

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