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Ventas in Spain – El Tropezon in the village of Montecorto

Ventas in Spain

A “venta” is a road side cafeteria, bar and restaurant and you should look out for them on the larger country roads between towns and villages. Visiting a venta in Spain is an excellent way to see and sample the local, traditional gastronomy and way of life in Spain. These Ventas in Spain almost always have a friendly, family atmosphere and some even have hostel or hotel type accomodation.

The simplest ventas consist of a bar and tables in one room. The larger ones have a separate dining room away from the noise of the bar and perhaps an outdoor terrace. Often on display is a selection of local produce and crafts to admire and, of course, to buy.

Non smoking laws are enforced in Spain in public areas. Smoking is not allowed inside and the owner of the establishment will be fined if people are caught breaking this law.

An excellent example of a traditional venta (in Andalucia) is “Venta El Tropezon“. Situated on the main road between Ronda and Arcos de la Frontera, at the junction to a village named Montecorto. The word “tropezon” describes a nice, unexpected surprise. For example, if you trip over but on the floor you find a coin or something else valuable.

You can follow the facebook page of El Tropezon here.

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Vegetarian and vegan food in Ronda (Gluten free as well)

Are there vegan, vegetarian and gluten free eating out options in Ronda?

Over the last few months, I have had quite a few emails from people asking where vegetarian and vegan food can be found eating out in Ronda. So, last Thursday (20/02/2020) I visited 25 or so bars and restaurants in Ronda to find out. (I didn’t eat in all of them but it sure was a wonderfull morning, afternoon evening!)

The answer is of course YES! Almost all the places I visited have some options available (but many don’t have it printed on their menus.) The key of course is to ask the waiter before you sit down. You’ll find them very accomodating and quite eager to help.
Key words in Spanish

Vegetarian = Vegeteriano (male) – Vegeteriana (female)
Vegan = Vegano (male) – Vegana (female)
Gluten free = Sin gluten
Celiac = Celiaco (Male) – Celiaca (female)

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Ronda Todays Top 5 Places To Eat. Best Tapas bars and Restaurants in Ronda.

With literally hundreds of tapas bars, restaurants and bakeries there is a lot too choose from when it comes to tasting and enjoying the local cuisine of Ronda. But, and this is a big but, some places stand out well above the rest when it comes to fine dining and high quality tapas in the white town of Ronda. Here is Ronda Todays favorite places to eat (in no particular order.) You should try to get a table at some of these places at least once during your stay! Continue reading Ronda Todays Top 5 Places To Eat. Best Tapas bars and Restaurants in Ronda.

Restaurant – El Meson Simancon – Grazalema

So you are in Ronda for a few days (or just passing through) and want to get away to the mountains for a while? Just 40 minutes away by car is the stunning Sierra de Grazalema. Why not take a drive, enjoy the scenery and a wonderful afternoon or evening meal.

The Simancon restaurant is easy to find though in a somewhat unlikely location, on the edge of the main Grazalema car park and dining outside in summer is a very pleasant experience and an ideal place to sit, relax and watch the world go by.

The menu of salads & other starters, including several soups, offers more than adequate choice, ranging far beyond the normal fast food fare of chips and fried pork and includes superb venison steaks, wild rabbit and roasted lamb.

The waiting staff (Jesus, Patro and Cati) are friendly, helpful & attentive to everyone including vegetarian or other dietary needs so one is ever disappointed! First class wholesome food & good all round value.

If you need help to reserve a table because you can’t speak Spanish call me (Clive) on (0034) 681 14 70 24 or send me an email at clive@grazalemaguide.com and I will be very happy to make your reservation. RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST AS THIS PLACE FILLS UP FAST!

See the website for the Meson Simancon here…
http://mesonsimancon.com/

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