Hotel Cortijo las Piletas

Hotel Cortijo Las Piletas, Ronda *

The Cortijo Las Piletas is a country hotel set in the midst of beautiful gardens in rural Andalusia.  This hotel is family owned and operated with a focus on creating a warm appeal for guests. Thanks to its location and design, the hotel’s grounds have plenty of surprises in store for visitors.

Aside from a spacious hotel, beauty treatment services are also offered onsite. This combination provides guests a chance to pamper themselves during their vacation in this part of Spain.

The hotel’s restaurant serves a variety of dishes in its welcoming dining room, with a range of traditional drinks served at the bar which is more a lounge than bar.

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Benaojan in Malaga province of Spain

A Short Trip to Benaojan

When visiting Ronda, getting out into the little villages is one of the must do excursions that would render your vacation incomplete if you didn’t do, however a lot of visitors to Ronda don’t have access to a car, so Benaojan is one of the options to see an authentic white village.

Located on the southern boundary of the Sierra de Grazalema, Benaojan is convenient because both bus and train visit the village, and the trip is only 25 minutes from Ronda. My own trip saw me take the train along Mr Henderson’s railway walk, a comfortable and air conditioned journey that does however stop at Benaojan Estación, a small hamlet below the main village that requires a 20 minute walk before you see what Benaojan has to offer.

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Jimena de Libar, Andalusia

Jimera de Libar in the Guardiaro Valley

Jimera de Libar, easily reached by train from Ronda, by walking from Benaojan, or by car from both Cortes de la Frontera and Benaojan, is a delightful white village in the Guardiaro Valley of the Serranía de Ronda. Limestone mountains for the Sierra de Libar tower over the village and birds of prey frequently look down on the ant-like people going about their business.

In recent years the village has become exceedingly popular for holiday makers choosing to rent self-catered homes away from the hotels of the area, and then use the village as a base from which to explore the hiking trails of the Grazalema Natural Park. Mr Henderson’s railway walk from Benaojan to Jimera de Libar is a popular local excursion or day trip from Ronda.

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The mezquita in Cordoba

Cordoba, the Mezquita, and Old Town

The city of Cordoba, located on the Guadalquivir river, has been a significant part of the history of Spain since Roman times, but reached its zenith during the Islamic era when the city was the capital of the Cordoba Emirate of Al-Andalus.

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No single word or phrase is adequate to describe Cordoba, her comlexity is obvious even from a first glance, with numerous architectural periods, and the stark contrast between the Casco Historico and the modern city which live side by side and never seem to meet. In the old town, streets are narrow and windy with small houses tucked into every available space, whilst in the modern city wide avenues and large apartment buildings stand at attention.

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Mondrago Palace Ronda

Ronda’s Mondragón Palace

The Mondragón Palace is one of Ronda’s most visited buildings, not only because it houses the Municipal Museum, but mostly for it’s Moorish courtyards and gardens that evoke memories of kings and governors who called Ronda home.

The palace was the home of the Moorish King Abomelic I (also known as Abomelic Abd al-Malik, and in some history books as Abbel Mallek), who reigned all too briefly yet initiated a golden age in the city and started large construction projects. It is likely the palace already existed when Abomelic first arrived in Andalusia, with most experts seeming to agree the years 1306-1314 as likely dates of construction.

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Hotel Fuente la Higuera, Ronda, Andalucia

Hotel La Fuente de la Higuera, Ronda **

The vacation hotel La Fuente de la Higuera is located near Ronda, Andalusia and surrounded by olive groves that enhance the good ambience of the hotel. The hotel offers a luxurious place to stay and enjoy the beautiful scenery of countryside of Andalusia.

The hotel’s swimming pool is designed to give swimmers a perfect view of the countryside, and sun loungers are provided for guests who choose to relax at the hotel and recharge their batteries.

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Walking around Rondas countryside

Ronda Walk: Virgen de la Cabeza back to Ronda

This article is part two of the Ronda to Virgen de la Cabeza walk. Please make sure you have also read part one.

To complete this walk you need to of average fitness. This walk is not suitable for people with heart conditions as the ascent at the end is steep.

Almost every keen walker who visits Ronda also walks to the Virgen de la Cabeza cave church across the valley from the Puente Nuevo, but most then turn back and return the way they came, yet the walk through the valley below is fantastic and for those game to try it should be a must do activity.

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Hotel Bandolero in the village of Juzcar, Malaga, Andalusia, Spain

Hotel Bandolero, Juzcar **

The Hotel El Bandolero is a boutique hotel in the village of Juzcar in the Genal Valley of Andalucia, an area rich in history and natural charm, and home to a very popular annual mushroom conference.

Several of the rooms offer vistas of the surrounding mountains, and the valley below Juzcar, and all eight rooms are equipped with en suite bathroom, TV, tea and coffee making facilities, heating, and can be reserved in twin, double, or suite.

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