Hotel Molino del Arco, Ronda ****

The Molino del Arco is just a few kilometers from the center of Ronda and is built upon a classic country house giving it its unique charm. Completely restored, the country house is now a luxurious hotel catering to the needs of tourists in the Andalusian region. The modern amenities that can be experienced within the hotel provide a good contrast with the history-rich area where it is located.

The Molino del Arco has 21 rooms divided into three types; double room, junior suite, and suite room. Room service is available for all guests and for all room types. The hotel is surrounded by olive and wheat fields making a great natural view for tourists. There are also fruit trees surrounding the hotel giving weary travelers a good place to relax.

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Pre-History in Ronda

As far back as pre-Roman times Ronda has occupied an important role in this part of Southern Spain because of it’s high cliffs, deep gorge, and easily defensible position on a main trade route. Located on one of the main routes inland from southern coastal ports, Ronda and it’s older but now ruined sister city Acinipo, have together been occupied since at least 1,100BC.

Paleolithic and Neolithic people roamed the hills around Ronda leaving many fascinating reminders of their presence, including cave paintings at Cueva de la Pileta, dolmen burial sites near Montecorto, and in the Grazalema Natural Park, and numerous sites where archeologists have discovered stone age pottery and other relics.

Cueva de la Pileta is open to the public and your guide will show you all the important cave art in an easy walk through the cave that takes about two hours. It’s fascinating to think that the very land we live on in the 21st century was also inhabited in historical times ancient humans and maybe even Neanderthal tribes. Continue reading Pre-History in Ronda

Baviera Golf Course, Caleta de Velez

18 Holes, Par 71, and 5,609 Metres, Caleta de Velez Malaga. An ideal design for all types of handicap.

An even golf course characterised by its wide greens with many movements, and the great variety of obstacles which offer a big range of strokes.

The variety of holes, and the unsurpassed views both to the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains contribute to ensure that you enjoy, and share an unforgettable day at Baviera Golf Club.

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Directions:- Take the E-15 road, direction Malaga-Motril, and take exit 277 towards Caleta de Velez.

Pileta Paleolithic Cave Paintings at Benaojan

A few kilometres from Ronda, just outside the white village of Benaojan lies one of the most spectacular cave systems in Spain, and in the mouth of one, several galleries of cave paintings that are as old as 30,000 years, and were created by paleolithic people of Ronda before the last great ice age. Best of all, the caves are open to the public with a local tour guide to explain the significance of the artwork.

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Hotel Melia Marbella Banus ****

The Hotel Melia Marbella Banus is one of the better known and more popular hotels in Puerto Banus, and is more often considered a resort with three swimming pools one of which is an indoor heated pool, and easy access to the beaches and nightlife of the village.

All rooms at the Melia Marbella Banus are sumptiously apportioned with good mattresses on the beds, 32-inch plasma televisions, satellite TV reception, free wireless Internet, and a private terrace with views of the swimming pools. In addition, all guests have complimentary access to relaxing saunas, a jacuzzi, and Turkish baths.

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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.

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