Category Archives: Guided Tours

The castle of Hins-Canit in Cañete la Real

If you are in Ronda for a while then visits to other towns and villages are probably on your agenda… One town just 30 minutes from Ronda is often and easily overlooked but it really is well worth the effort to take a drive across to Cañete la Real to visit the castle of Hins-Canit. The views from this castle are stunning!

The castle of Hins-Canit in Cañete la Real is located at the top of an enormous limestone pavement that reaches to almost 800 metres above sea level. The fortress conserves an irregular plan of aproximately 120 metres long and 50 metres wide. The three sectors of the castle can be distinguished easily and defined by their function. 1. The entrance and adjacent area. 2 The intermediate residential level and 3. The nobles area where the tower is located.


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The thick exterior wall adapts itself to the terrain and cliffs and is built with limestone ashlars of different sizes. This enclosure was entered by a gate ending in a round arch orientated towards the east at the entrance the ground rises steeply so at one time a wooden ramp was used to gain access. The entrance is guarded by a battlement which is still well preserved today.

The second enclosure is also protected by a thick wall and battlement. It would have been very difficult for an attacker to gain access to this Fortress and it’s Keep

The Castle tower or keep “Alcazar” is located at the highest point. It is an impressive 18 metres tall and contained three stories as well as the rooftop lookout area.

The castle museum

The Castle now contains an excellent modern exhibition centre with many artefacts on display from Iberian, Moorish and Roman eras. The information signs are translated in very good and understandable English.

Vista Castillo Cañete la Real
The view from the castle at Cañete la Real

The Castle is open on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm and Sundays from 12pm to 2pm

(If you want to visit during the week or out of these hours you need to contact the town hall in Cañete la Real. Expect to speak Spanish! :) )

Telephone: 952183001
Web: http://www.canetelareal.es/6751/museo

There is also a direct number for reserving a visit. Mobile 637021253

Where to eat

Apart from the bars in the village there is a fantastic restaurant at the very top of the village not far from the Castle called La Piedra. (2 minute drive from the castle.) Well priced and good portions of local home cooked food.

Address: Ctra. de Almargen, 21 – 29340 Cañete la Real
Tel: 952183138
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Restaurante-La-Piedra-476049569196879/


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Fallow deer rut – La Ronca del Gamo – Cortijo Las Navas de los Pinsapos, Parauta

From 19th September to 4th October The Cortijo Las Navas de los Pinsapos in the village of Parauta just a few miles from Ronda will be opening their estate for the annual fallow deer rutting season.

You can witness first hand the fascinating mating ritual of thees deer in their natural environment. Listen to the deep groaning call of the males as they try to entice the females and do battle with the competition to prove their strength and genetic superiority…

  • Price per person 30€
  • Price per person including overnight hammock and breakfast 50€

The event starts with a walking tour at the finca Cortijo La Nava de los Pinsapos, where you will learn about the land and its stunning wildlife.

The tour stops for a while at the log cabin in the woods “La Morada” where you can enjoy a great meal in a family environment.

The food is locally sourced and provides a truly sustainable experience.

After dinner the tour continues in the cool of the night air whilst you listen for the sounds of the fallow deer.

For the more daring guests you can sleep overnight in a hammock and really experience the Andalucian countryside at night. This also includes a typical countryside breakfast in the morning.

For more information contact 600 38 63 93 and see the website and facebook page.

Website: https://www.actividadesensierradelasnieves.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Actividades-en-Sierra-de-las-Nieves-102083054878528/

Horseriding companies in Ronda

The countryside around Ronda is perfect for all sorts of activities from walking, hiking, cycling to wildlife holidays and birdwatching. There are horseriding companies in Ronda.

Here are a few details to get you started.

Paddock Paradise Ronda

Paddock Paradise Ronda
Paddock Paradise Ronda

Located in the heart of the Serranía just 4 kms from Ronda Paddock Paradise offer horse riding routes in an environment where calm and silence reign, barely broken by the sound of our horses hooves.

​The philosophy that Paddock Paradise follow with their horses will make your visit a unique and unforgettable experience. All horses live in freedom, do not wear horseshoes and are ridden without a bit in their mouths. No spurs or whips either.

+34 649 897 327 (For quick questions you can also Whatsapp.
+34 686 787 387 (For quick questions you can also Whatsapp.)

https://www.paddockparadiseronda.com/ (This website is available in English, click the flag to change languages)

The “Week in the forest”

Paddock Paradise Ronda also arranges lodging with the excellent La Algaba rural hotel. (website here in Spanish) https://www.algabaderonda.com/

Isolated from the crowds, in the middle of a beautiful and virgin 50-hectare Mediterranean forest and just 4 kilometres from Ronda, La Algaba is a perfect base to enjoy the wonderful Serranía de Ronda.

The Algaba de Ronda is an Environmental Education Center and offers the pleasure of living unique cultural experiences linked to geology, ethnography, botany, and agroecology.

The week includes
  • ​7 nights accommodation.
  • 2 horseback riding routes through the forest: including preparatory class and instructor guide. For all levels.
  • A Guided visit around the land and Education Center and the prehistoric village recreation.
  • A Tourist voucher with tickets to three historical monuments in Ronda.

Caballos y Vino

Horses and Wine in Ronda
Horses and Wine in Ronda

Horseriding in the fabulous Ronda countryside.

Caballos y Vino, just a few kilometres from the town of Ronda, is owned and run by Sandra Jochim, an experienced horsewoman who has excellent, first-hand knowledge of the local area, too. She also speaks four languages – German, English, Spanish & Horse!

At Caballos y Vino, you enjoy a ride on safe, reliable horses and discover the beautiful countryside around Ronda. Small groups of 2-4 persons guarantee a convivial atmosphere.

Bookings can be made at short notice.

Find out more on the website and facebook of Caballos y Vino

http://caballosyvino.wixsite.com/horseridingronda/company

https://www.facebook.com/Caballosyvino/

Telephone/Whatsapp +34 622 24 77 57


Tambor del LLano (Grazalema)

Tambor del LLano- Grazalema
Tambor del LLano- Grazalema

An ecofarm, hotel and riding school, Tambor del Llano is located just 5 kilometres from the village of Grazalema and 20 Kilometres from Ronda. They provide trail rides and multiple day Horse-packing adventures. With Tambor del LLano you can discover the Grazalema Natural Park from horseback.

Riders of all levels are welcome and their expert guides will help you decide on your riding program

More information on the Tambor del LLano website.

https://www.tambordelllano.es/en/


Riding School of the Real Maestranza de Caballería of Ronda

Riding School of the Real Maestranza de Caballería of Ronda
Riding School of the Real Maestranza de Caballería of Ronda

Technical and sport training specialized in professional classical dressage

The Riding School of the Real Maestranza de Caballería of Ronda is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious. Its origins date back to the founding days of the Institution, two years after the founding of the Vienna Spanish Riding School in 1571.

The School shows a strong track record in the professional teaching of classical dressage, figures prominently in the sport world and maintains a strong commitment to the Spanish Sporting Horse. It provides technical and sports training to its students, as well as an opportunity to obtain one of the recognized qualifications in professional equestrian education.

More information on the website of the Riding School of the Real Maestranza de Caballería of Ronda

https://www.rmcr.org/es/horse_riding.html


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Claudia Valle – Tour guide in Ronda

If you have never been to Ronda before then the information here at Ronda Today will, of course, be very usefull. Or, I hope so anyway! :) That said, If you are planning a visit to this “City of Deams” Then you should really consider using the services of Claudia Valle – Tour guide in Ronda

Why? Because she lives and works here, She knows all the little nooks and crannies and corners that you may never find. :) The best tapas bars, best times to visit museums, history and legends and much, much more.

Claudia Valle is a professional tour guide, speaks excellent English and is the perfect choice for a guided visit to Ronda.

S0, If you want to see Ronda through the eyes of a local guide, this is your opportunity. Learn about Ronda, its history and culture and also have a lot of fun

Tours last approximately 2 hours and cost around 12 Euros per person you can see and know the most important and picturesque corners of the dream city. (Sometimes the tour will be in Spanish and English if the group is mixed.) Great for your language skills!

Or you can talk to Claudia about an exclusive tour of Ronda for you and your friends or family

Much more information on the website.
https://turismoenronda.com/

Or you can contact Claudia by email:
visitasguiadasronda@gmail.com

Or telephone:
+34 691 08 01 80

If you use facebook then this is her page for further information:
https://www.facebook.com/turismoenronda/

Claudia Valle. Tour guide in Ronda, Spain

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