The VoiceMap GPS Audio Guide for Ronda

Recently, I was asked to create the VoiceMap GPS Audio Guide for Ronda.

Ronda Audio Guide QR code
Scan the QR code to go directly to the Audio guide at VoiceMap

For quite a few years now, the A4 printable guide has been selling steadily directly from Ronda Today and I have received many hundreds of emails from visitors, who have discovered the very best of a visit to Ronda, using the indepth information made up from the top 20 articles published here at Ronda Today.

But what better way to improve the guide? An audio guide of course!

https://voicemap.me/tour/ronda/ronda-andalucia-s-city-of-dreams-a-walking-tour

The VoiceMap GPS Audio Guide for Ronda

Listening to me along the way (and also some captivating guitar music from the amazing Paco Seco), you’ll pass breathtaking lookout points including the Mirador de Ronda and the Mirador de Aldehuela.

Discover Ronda at your own pace
  • No queues or following big groups of people.
  • With turn by turn directions you can’t get lost or miss any of the important sights.
  • Start and stop whenever you want.
  • GPS locations. Audio starts automatically as you approach interesting places and monuments.
  • The VoiceMap GPS Audio Guide for Ronda is also ideal if you have limited time in Ronda but want to see as much as possible.

As we leave the new town behind us and enter the old, past the Mondragón Palace and museum we’ll visit Ronda’s former defensive border at the Puerta de Almocábar, and quake in the boots of history’s soldiers as you imagine approaching armies.

From there we’ll follow the old walls to the Arab Baths and the Puente Viejo bridge, before making our way back over Puente Nuevo. The tour ends in front of the Plaza de Toros, the Bullring of the Royal Cavalry of Ronda.

I’ll also provide answers to some intriguing questions like:
  • What did Blas infante, the father of Spanish nationalism, do in Ronda?
  • Who are the Goyesca ladies?
  • Why is one particular Italian priest famous around here?
  • Who built the Puente Nuevo?
  • Did Queen Isabella really visit Ronda?
  • When did the Christian conquerors arrive?
  • How important is bullfighting in Andalucia?

Creating the VoiceMap GPS Audio Guide for Ronda from the content here at Ronda Today has been a real pleasure and I hope that you enjoy walking the tour as much I did making it.

You can get the guide directly here: https://voicemap.me/tour/ronda/ronda-andalucia-s-city-of-dreams-a-walking-tour

A bit about VoiceMap

VoiceMap’s walking tour app gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace. You can start the walks at any time and stop whenever and wherever you like, for as long as you like. You don’t even need to hit pause. The app uses your GPS location to play audio automatically, at exactly the right time and place, and when you start moving again, playback will too. It also gives you directions, making it much easier to put your phone away and immerse yourself in your surroundings, not the screen.

You can download audio tours with a single tap before you leave your WiFi zone. They come with offline maps, and you don’t have to pay for data while you’re out exploring.

You can get the VoiceMap app here

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.voicemap.android&hl=en

IOS: https://apps.apple.com/za/app/voicemap-audio-walking-tours/id852027939

Other suppliers where you can buy the The VoiceMap GPS Audio Guide for Ronda

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Guided Tours to Ronda

There are some excellent guided tours and day trips to Ronda and the white villages (pueblos Blancos) of Malaga and Cádiz. Day trips start from from many of the nearby cities such as Seville, Málaga and the Costa del Sol area of Andalucia.

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Vegetarian – Vegan – Gluten free food options in Ronda

Some time ago here at Ronda Today we published an article to help people find vegetarian – vegan – gluten free food options in Ronda. Back then its was quite difficult and the article is here: https://www.rondatoday.com/vegetarian-and-vegan-food-in-ronda-gluten-free-as-well/

Now, local resident (and guest blogger for Ronda Today) Paul Whitelock has written about his experience of finding food for those people who don’t eat meat.

Where can I find vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food in and around Ronda?

10 to 15 years ago, if asked that question, I would have said “practically nowhere”, but things have changed dramatically here in the Serranía de Ronda.

I have a vegan step-son and a vegan niece and finding vegan options used to be a nightmare. Even sourcing vegan ingredients from supermarkets was problematic. In restaurants waiters would routinely suggest a salad, forgetting that Spanish salads typically contain boiled eggs, tuna, cheese or small pieces of ham and there was very little understanding of what “veganism” means.

With vegetarian family members, in the past, it used to be almost as bad. All there really was, were salads or dull pasta dishes.

Gluten-free has proved to be less of a problem. Supermarkets stock gluten-free beer, bread, cakes, burgers and other items. Mercadona is particularly good, but Super Carmela and Supeco aren´t far behind. Surprisingly the German discounters ALDI and LIDL offer very little in their Spanish stores (in Germany the situation is much better).

Several bars and restaurants also offer gluten-free bread as well as gluten-free beer, which pleases my son-in-law, Carlo, a great deal when he visits from London, where the gluten-free beer option is quite limited.

So, in answering that question “Where can I find vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food in and around Ronda?” nowadays, my answer is not the same. It’s a different story altogether. :)

Vegetarian – Vegan – Gluten free food options in Ronda

Restaurante Bifana – Calle Comandante Carrasco s/n, near the bus station, is a vegan restaurant which also serves animal products for carnivores.

Restaurante Bifana - Ronda
Restaurante Bifana – Ronda

On Its current menu (July 2022) the highlights are Tabule, Onion, tomato and raisin salad, Fried aubergine with cane sugar honey, Tomato with extra virgin olive oil and garlic, Vegetable croquettes, Quinoa salad and Hummus with vegetables of the day.


Cafetería las Campanas in Plaza de Socorro proudly boasts that it is gluten-free. It’s a delightful place to sit outside and watch the world go by and not that expensive, given its location in one of the main squares in Ronda.

Cafeteria las Campanas
Cafeteria las Campanas

Restaurante Abades - Ronda
Restaurante Abades – Ronda

Restaurante Abades is behind the Plaza de Toros at Paseo Blas Infante 2 has recently reduced its vegan options which is a great shame as it used to have the most diverse menu for non meat/fish eaters.

Café Bar Murillo at Calle Santo Tomás 1, in the up-and-coming San Rafael district of town, also offers “opciones vegetarianas y veganas”. I’ve been there a few times. Great food at local prices. Clean, modern and busy with locals which is always a good sign.

Cafe bar Murillo - Ronda

Cerveceria el Bandolero on Plaza Ruedo Alameda 29, is located in the popular Barrio San Francisco to the south of the town. Rafael, whom I first met 21 years ago when he was a young waiter in another bar nearby, now owns his own place, together with his uncle. They also offer “opciones vegetarianas, veganas y sin gluten”. Sitting on the square over the road from this tiny bar, is a delightful experience. Good food at sensible non-city-centre prices.


Most Pizzerias will adapt their vegetarian options to make them vegan.

The outstanding pizzeria in Ronda is Il Forno a Ligna on Calle Tiendas 24. Omar, Italian and still in his twenties, is most accommodating.

Pizzeria Forno a Legna
Pizzeria Forno a Legna – Ronda

Pizzeria Michelangelo on Calle Lorenzo Borrego 25, just off Plaza del Socorro, is also very good value.

Pizzeria Michelangelo
Pizzeria Michelangelo – Ronda

Other restaurants in the Serranía de Ronda that serve vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food

Since good restaurants invariably cook meals from scratch, many chefs are happy to adapt their standard dishes to make them conform to vegan or vegetarian criteria. So , for example, the scrambled eggs with asparagus and Iberian ham can be made a delicious vegetarian dish simply by asking the waiter to cut out the ham. The same goes with many other dishes. Salads and soups often have a sprinkling of ham or something else. The key here is just ask the waiter!

Restaurante la Cascada
Hotel Molino del Puente

All those years ago, when my afore-mentioned vegan step-son was living with us for several months, we found Ian at Restaurante la Cascada inside the Hotel Molino del Puente – Partida Fuente de la Higuera – Carretera de Ronda km 26. A most accommodating chef, he was happy to prepare vegan meals just for Johannes and 10 years on he was happy to do the same for my vegan niece Dana. Needless to say, we have eaten there a lot in the last dozen years.

Further afield

In the village of Montejaque, Max, the owner and chef at Restaurante la Casita, is happy to prepare vegan dishes to order.

In Gaucin, La Tienda Verde is a shop specialising in healthy, eco-friendly food products, always has a wide range of vegan products available and Restaurante Azulete – Calle Toledillo 13 has great reviews for its vegan food.

In tiny Atajate, the smallest village in Málaga province, is the outstanding Restaurante Audalazar – C. Nueva, 4 offer a great menu with Arabic influences, including several vegan and vegetarian options.

Key words in Spanish
  • Vegetarian = vegeteriano (male) – vegeteriana (female)
  • Vegan = vegano (male) – vegana (female)
  • Gluten free = sin gluten
  • Celiac = celiaco (Male) – celiaca (female)

So, all in all, vegetarian and vegan food, and gluten-free options in and around Ronda are fairly easy to find. I am an omnivore but I often eschew meat and/or fish and go for a vegetarian or vegan dish. I love it!

I hope you find my recommendations helpful.

¡Buen provecho! and please, feel free to leave a comment or suggestion to help other people get the most out of their eating experience during a visit to Ronda and the surrounding area.

The dozen best breakfasts in and around Ronda by Paul Whitelock

Paul Whitelock is a retired former languages teacher, school inspector and translator, who emigrated to the Serranía de Ronda in 2008, where he lives with his second wife, Rita. He spends his time between Montejaque and Ronda eating, doing DIY, gardening, writing and managing his portfolio of holiday rentals.

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The dozen best breakfasts in and around Ronda

Going out for breakfast is an institution in Andalucía. Everybody does it, from the humble manual worker, to mechanics, to office workers, to shop assistants, bank managers, lawyers, politicians and even pensioners. And it’s a trend catching on amongst tourists also. Many accommodation deals don’t include breakfast, so you have to pay on top, typically between 5 and 10 euros per person, although the parador hotels charge an eye-watering 17 euros per person! So, if you are in the area on holiday, it makes sense to go out for this first meal of the day. Here are Paul Whitelock´s recommendations for the dozen best breakfasts in and around Ronda.

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Bar Ankanita (formerly Bar Stop), Estación de Benaoján

The dozen best breakfasts in and around Ronda

Estación, C. Benaoján, 29370 Benaoján, Málaga

This popular bar by the railway station in Benaoján opens at 7 am every day bar Thursday, and breakfast is available as soon as the local baker delivers his molletes, rustic bread and baguettes.

Breakfasts here are typical for this area, involving zurrapa, pates, ham, cheese, etc. Prices are good too, with coffee still at 1 euro and a chupito also 1 euro.


Cafetería Las Campanas, Plaza del Socorro, Ronda

The dozen best breakfasts in and around Ronda

Plaza del Socorro 17, 29400, Ronda, Málaga

The only affordable place on this town centre square. They only use gluten-free products, which is a bonus for coeliacs and other gluten-intolerant folk.

Again, a traditional offering, but sitting outside on the terrace and watching the world go by is very entertaining.


Casa del Jamón, Calle Jerez, Ronda

The dozen best breakfasts in and around Ronda

C. Jerez, 16, 29400 Ronda, Málaga

This is a really stylish place, a delicatessen really. They sell a wide range of local products, including local wines, in what is a museum of interesting artefacts, from old records to typewriters, and paraphernalia from the 20th century and earlier.
The breakfasts are rather special. We always have a serrano, which comprises a baguette with serrano ham plus coffee for 3.50 euro. Our vegetarian friend either goes for a nice payoyo cheese or tuna in place of the ham. If you get there early enough, they even have pan centeno (wholemeal) and pan de cereales. Read more here: https://www.rondatoday.com/la-casa-del-jamon-deli-wine-tasting-bar-museum/


Bar Restaurante Entre Ascuas, Plaza de la Constitución, Montejaque

Plaza de la Constitución, 2, 29360 Montejaque, Málaga

This busy bar, adjacent to the Hotel Palacete de Mañara in the square in Montejaque, offers traditional breakfasts, but also a huge mollete stuffed with smoked bacon and two fried eggs. Delicious. You can switch the eggs for cheese, the favourite of my English builder friend Kevin and sidekick Stewart.

Reasonable prices and great value.


Bar La Fragua, Carretera de Campillos, Ronda

Paul Whitelock at Bar la Fragua

Ctra. Campillos, 2, 29400 Ronda, Málaga

Located close to the garden centre, Viveros Gómez, by the large roundabout to the north of Ronda. We probably go here more often than anywhere else.

They also offer a mean bacon and egg mollete, as well as typical Andalusian fare. And they have great coffee.
Owners Antonio and Charo and waitress Nati are so cheerful, it makes you feel ashamed if you are not.

Great terrace at the back and it’s always cheaper than you expect.


Las Maravillas, Carrer Vicente Espinel, Ronda

Las Maravillas Ronda

Carrera Espinel, 12, 29400 Ronda, Málaga

This delightful restaurant at the bottom of Calle La Bola (Carrer Vicente Espinel) lives up to its name. The breakfasts here are unique in my experience. Not traditional at all, but modern tiered and skewered slices of toasted bread with a range of fillings. I chose the vegetarian option last week and it was delicious.

More expensive than most, but worth it occasionally. Our bill for two with an extra coffee each came to around 16 euros last week.

Sitting on the terrace at the front watching the world scurry or stroll past is a great way to eat a leisurely breakfast.


Bar La Melli, Plaza de la Constitución, Montejaque

Mollettes for breakfast

Plaza Constitucion, 3, 29360 Montejaque, Málaga

What a great spot for breakfast; you can sit outside in sun or shade and watch Montejaque go about its daily business – deliveries, locals, tourists, workers, pensioners, shoppers. All life is here.
The coffees are great and the breakfasts, standard molletes or reganas (thick sliced toasted local bread) with whatever you like. Pepi, the proprietress, also does a mean bacon and egg mollete.

Cheap but delicious.


E.S. Montecorto (petrol station)

Montecorto petrol station

Ctra. Km 101,5 Ronda – Jerez, Montecorto

This petrol station has a great café and shop. A wide choice of breakfasts as well as great coffee and an amazing atmosphere. Villagers seem to use the café as a kind of meeting place or social centre.

There is also a general store and local products are on sale.

Recommended.


Cafeteria Churreria Naranja, opp. law courts, San Rafael, Ronda

Cafeteria Churreria Naranja

C. Médico Luis Peralta, 5, 29400 Ronda, Málaga

If you plan to breakfast here on a Sunday morning, either get there really early or forget it! There will be queues! This is possibly because they offer two types of churros – standard or made from potatoes. I love the latter – they’re tastier and less fatty.
All served with a smile and reasonably priced.


La Ponderosa, opp. Bus station, Ronda

La Ponderosa breakfast in Ronda

Pl. Concepción García Redondo, 1, 29400 Ronda, Málaga

Another churreria, which is usually busy, especially at the weekends. A generous portion of churros, with or without chocolate, washed down with coffee and fresh orange juice, makes for a great start to the day, whether at 8 am or midday.

You can watch the coachloads of tourists of all nationalities that alight their buses here and then trail into town.


Bar Sánchez, Calle Imágenes, Barrio San Francisco, Ronda

Bar Sanchez Ronda

This small bar just inside the Almocábar Gate to the south of town is a delightful venue for a relaxed and cheap breakfast. Traffic free, you can enjoy this sheltered spot, as you munch on your delicious mollete con aceite y tomate (toasted flat roll with olive oil and pureed tomato) or tostada con zurrapa de hígado (thick slice of toasted rustic bread with liver pate).

This is a good place to pause if you are following “Ronda, Andalucía’s City of Dreams: Walking Tour” (https://www.rondatoday.com/the-voicemap-gps-audio-guide-for-ronda/)


Venta El Puente

Venta el Puente Ronda

Carretera de Benaojan, 91, La Indiana

This roadside inn by the bridge over the River Guadalcobacín has a large terrace, plus an indoor dining room and offers traditional Andalucían breakfasts at a good price. Great coffee and freshly pressed orange juice. There is also a children’s playground.


Cafetería La Rondeña

C. Francisco de Goya y Lucientes 1, San Rafael, Ronda

Very popular, this bar, owned by the wife of a civil guard, who often lends a hand when he’s not on duty, has a fast turnover with a wide variety of traditional breakfasts at an affordable price. Also, other local products are on sale at the counter.

That’s my dozen choices of breakfast bars in the Ronda area. Sharp-eyed and numerate readers will realise that I have listed 13 establishments. Well, it’s a baker’s dozen, isn’t it?


The dozen best breakfasts in and around Ronda by Paul Whitelock

Paul Whitelock is a retired former languages teacher, school inspector and translator, who emigrated to the Serranía de Ronda in 2008, where he lives with his second wife, Rita. He spends his time between Montejaque and Ronda eating breakfast, doing DIY, gardening, writing and managing his portfolio of holiday rentals.

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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. So, here is a bit of information about Cordoba the Mezquita and old town to whet your appetite…..

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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.

Cordoba’s Mezquita cathedral is of course the primary reason many people visit the city, and it is worth seeing, even now it is still considered by many to have been the third largest Mosque in the world. The ground on which the cathedral is located has alternated from visigothic Christian church, to grand Mosque, and then in stages to Christian Cathedral.

In the year 785, construction started under the caliph Ab’d Al-Rahman I, on the site of the former Basilica de San Vicente, though what happened to the visigothic kings and nobels buried in the basilica is not known. The Ummayad’s had been expelled from Damascus and were keen to establish their authority over the Western Caliphate, so the Mezquita was always intended to be large.

Its eventual area of 24,000sqm containing hundreds of marble columns, horseshoe arches made with red and white bricks, and the spectacular ornate gold ceilings of the Mirhab with its Koranic inscriptions are awe-inspiring. Even more so when you consider that a full sized Catholic cathedral fits inside the Mezquita with plenty of room to spare.

Near to the Mezquita one finds the Puerta del Puente at the northern end of the most complete of Cordoba’s Roman buildings, the Puente Romano, a 330 metre long bridge made entirely of stone and sitting on 16 arches embedded into the river bed. The bridge is now pedestrianised, but until recently it had been one of the main traffic bridges in Cordoba for nearly 2,000 years. The southern end is where you’ll find the Calahorra Tower and museum.

Views of the Mezquita and Cordoba’s old town, as well as the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos are spectacular from the Puente Romano, and in the early morning as the sun rises you can expect to take some truly wonderful photos. The sun kisses the rough stone walls of the older buildings giving them a tone not seen up close.

Alcazar Ponds

The Alcazar is now a museum, but was built on the site of a Roman fortress that had been placed there to defend the city which was located 1km inland. The Moors also used the Alcazar, but it’s current design and gardens come directly from the Christian monarchs who made Cordoba their southern palace. In fact whilst Ferdinand was off fighting Granada, Isabella transferred her court to Cordoba to be close to him.

Interestingly, many of the Roman frescoes discovered in Cordoba have been relocated to the walls of the chapel in the Alcazar, as have several bust of Roman Gods and important Emperors, allowing visitors to see them without risk of damaging what little remains of Cordoba’s Roman past.

Within the Alcazar, and under the main palace with the chapel, you’ll find the Royal Baths that are open to the public, though sadly in need of renovations since they are really nothing more than a series of tiny domed rooms. The highlight of your visit to the Alcazar will be climbing to the top of the keep and getting a birds eye view of Cordoba, from where you can also see the magnificent gardens.

Fresco in Jewish Temple

Strolling around Cordoba’s old town you will no doubt enter the Jewish Quarter, it is impossible to miss since it is so close to the Mezquita and quite central to the city. Many of Cordoba’s greatest scientests were Jewish people during the Islamic period, and this is hardly surprising since Cordoba did at one time have the largest Jewish population in the world.

Very little of the Jewish heritage of Cordoba exists, except for a very small temple rediscovered in the 20th century that had been built after the reconquest, and was finally closed when the Jews were expelled from Spain. Many of the Hebrew frescoes have been renovated, and the temple is now open to the public, and can be quite the emotional place for visiting Jews.

If impressive chapels, mosques and temples are your thing, then don’t forget to stop at the Capilla Mudejar, a very small chapel with gorgeous mudejar decorations on the walls and ceiling.

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Marbella on the Costa del Sol

Punching way above its weight, Marbella on the Costa del Sol is an international destination for the rich and famous as well as everyone else who demands a beachside town with character, something that Marbella certainly doesn’t lack.

Marbella is just an hour or so by car from Ronda so easy to visit for a day trip. The winding road from Ronda to San Pedro is spectacular!

The city motto is “A Way of Life”, and indeed, Marbella attracts people who love the city and everything it offers, and is often favourably compared with St Tropez as a destination and lifestyle city.

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The centre of town is the old historic quarter, the casco historico, where you’ll find a maze of narrow streets, white washed buildings, little plazas, and windows filled with flowering plants. Plaza de los Naranjos is the central point, and it is here that you’ll find the main tourist office, as well as some of Marbella’s best restaurants, art galleries, and boutique shops.

Within the plaza there is a 15th century fountain surrounded by orange trees, the town hall built in the 16th century, and the Casa del Corregidor, a palacial building constructed in the 17th century. Plaza de los Naranjos certainly is a beautiful plaza. Despite its size, Marbella is a city, it is easy to believe you are still in a small village as you wander the streets of the old town.

Towards the beachside of the Casco Historico, you’ll find the Parque Alameda, a botanical garden with many rare plants that is completely open to the public, and in the vicinity several open air statues by Salvador Dali. It is from here that the colourful horse and carriage drivers mingle waiting for their next fare, and if you have the time this is a magical way to experience the city.

The Parque Arroyo de la Represa, which starts near the old castle walls of Marbella is you will also discover the only Bonsai museum in Europe, with miniature trees as old as 500 years on display. There is also a duck pond and menagerie for kids to enjoy, whilst back down at the beach you’ll find several playgrounds.

Being a Mediterranean city, you can expect seafood to be popular, and local delicacies you should try include sardines on a spit, paella, fish a la espalda, prawns, calamari, lobster all prepared in the traditional Mediterranean ways. Of course other styles are plentiful as well, from traditional tapas, to modern contemporary Spanish food, and everything else.

Accommodation in Marbella is plentiful and varied, from beachside, to inner city, and within the Marbella golf courses as well. Our growing list of Marbella hotels with reviews should be a priority for anyone planning to visit.

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Facts About Marbella

Marbella Beach

As the capital of the Costa del Sol, Marbella offers much more than its size would indicate, world class accommodation, gourmet international restaurants, exclusive shopping, pro designed golf courses, and weather that inspires exploration all year round.

Since Roman times there have been settlements and fortresses at Marbella, and for most of its history the village was a minor fishing port. The historic centre was built by the Moors, although the town wasn’t founded until the 12th century, several hundred years after the Islamic invasion of Iberia.

The town area is quite small, only extending from the beach to the mountains, the Sierra Blanca, that can be seen just behind the village. The historic centre is in Marbella, but San Pedro de Alcantera and Puerto Banus a few kilometres along the coast are also major centres.

Owing to the mountains rising so close to the shore, Marbella has a curious micro-climate different from other parts of the coast and inland, in fact the city has an annual average temperature of 18 degrees celcius, and usually 320 days of sun.

For most people probably the best reasons to visit Marbella are its 26km of golden sand beaches, many of them privately managed to keep them clean and guarantee you a sun-lounger. The famous chiringuitos, beachside bars, are easy to find, in fact you might struggle to find a beach without one nearby. Water sports such as kite surfing are very popular, and yachting fans will find the marinas and peaceful waters of the western Mediterranean quite agreeable.

Marbella Photos

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