Today I had the pleasure of journeying to the Genal Valley, specifically along the Ronda-Algeciras road until the turn off for Jubrique, and then towards the Genal river to wet my feet, followed by a stroll around Genalguacil admiring the art and relaxing in a local bar with a cold one, before returning to Ronda.
The Ronda-Pilar de Coca loop (PR-A 71) is a wonderful walk for exercise junkies and visitors to Ronda alike, it’s a circular route that takes us about 9km out of Ronda, past vineyards, oak groves, an old aqueduct that supplied Ronda with water, the Pilar de Coca spring, and finally the mountains of the Sierra de las Nieves and the Serranía de Ronda.
Just a kilometer away from the old centre of Ronda, the Camping El Sur is more a holiday camp than just camp site, with wooden self-catered bungalows for non-camping guests. Mature olive and oak trees surround the campsite making this a fantastic family holiday destination.
The Hotel Berlanga is similar to a motorway rest stop, and fits this need perfectly being located close to Ronda’s industrial area. It is also close to the railway station and supermarkets, and a 10 minute walk will see you in Ronda’s main shopping street.
Visitors who are the target market for Hotel Berlanga are those with a tight budget but requiring the comfort, cleanliness and facilities of a central city hotel. Certainly the hotel is not a pension, and if you don’t mind a short walk (Ronda is a small city) you’ll have easy access to all of the city’s main attractions.
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Ronda can sometimes be a difficult little city to drive around for the uninitiated, especially if you’ are driving a large SUV or motor home, and if you’re towing a caravan don’t even think about entering the city centre, instead park in one of the outlying streets and then walk into the centre.
Most hotels have their own parking and if not at the very least a temporary parking bay so that you can unload any luggage and the staff will then direct you to the nearest parking.
By the middle of the 13th century the Almohads had lost most of their former possessions in Iberia to Castile, all that remained in 1238 was the Kingdom of Granada, of which Ronda was now an important capital. The first Nasrid Sultans of Granada managed to halt the first reconquista of Ferdinand I by promising fealty to Castile, and historical evidence confirms that until 1480 an annual payment of gold was made to the treasury of Castile.
The Ronda style as it is known originated by accident in Ronda’s Philip II’s Centre for Horsemanship when a gentleman training on horse was unseated in the path of a bull they used to train officers in horsemanship.
A local man, Francisco Romero distracted the bull on foot using his hat, thus securing both the life of the aristocrat, and inventing a new form of bullfighting perfected by his grandson, Pedro Romero (1754-1839).