Category Archives: Shopping

Tony Zapatero, the Best Shoe Repairer in Ronda

It sounds like a cliche or marketing blurb to say it, but when you need shoes repaired, Tony Zapatero really is the best in Ronda, and the friendliest too, his large frame fills the store, and his gentle giant smile immediately disarms you, jokes and laughs are shared.

Located at Calle Sevilla 42, Ronda’s second shopping street, Tony’s shop doesn’t immediately strike you as being a place where shoes are repaired, the window is filled with suitcases and handbags, but look to the right of the door and you’ll see where Tony’s heart lies; you should see a stone carving embedded in the wall featuring a cobbler making shoes.

Tony is proud of his profession, and scattered around the shop you’ll see several statuettes of cobblers hard at work, but Tony explains that making shoes to order is a hard business and the demand just isn’t there anymore. However, like any true professional, Tony still has all the equipment needed, so you know he can repair just about any fault, from heels and soles, to new buckles, studs and clasps, he can even stitch leather.

Along with his wife, Tony Zapatero also mends clothes, they don’t just lift the hem on trousers, they can also adjust sleeves, the length of shirts, fix buttons and zips, and for a very affordable price too, in fact as much as half the price you might pay in the UK. The quality of workmanship isn’t cheap, Tony simply has less operating expenses than his contemporaries in Northern Europe.

Standing at Tony’s shop counter you can’t help notice the range of products he carries, a huge supply of blank keys waiting to be cut, replacement garage door and electric gate remotes, leather products from Ubrique, top name shoe shine brands, spare shoe laces, ladies handbags, watch batteries, and the huge selection of affordable suitcases.

The day I visited Tony’s shop I went with a friend who knows her handbags and luggage, well, it was lucky for her she’d left her purse in the office and only met me for a coffee, I’m certain her credit card would have taken a beating, and as for me, well I’m in need of a new black leather belt, but luckily for me my friend kept cooing over the handbags and asking my opinion.

Brand name items are stocked in Tony’s shop, in fact Tony takes a great deal of pride in sourcing quality items for his customers, for example shoe polish is supplied from the UK and Germany, Tony explains “If you want the brightest shine and best protection for your shoes, you need the best product”.

Address/Locale c/ Sevilla, 42
Ronda, 29400
Telf (+34) 952 87 43 33

Photos in Tony Zapatero’s Shop in Ronda

Two Rondeñas Create Online Shopping Portal for Spaniards

A new website owned by Rondeñas Hilde and María has been launched from Ronda, and is already capturing the imagination Spanish speaking shoppers looking for their favourite brands online.

Named La Flor y Nata (, a Spanish expression that roughly translated means the flower and the cream, though is more fittingly described as the best of the best, La Flor y Nata has grown quite rapidly and showcases many of Europe’s most popular brands such as Mango, Miss Sixty, Tommy Hilfiger, Catwalk, Diesel, Cowgirl, Outlet, and many more.

Ronda Today spoke with Hilde and María to ask about their website and the response they’re getting from shoppers and retailers.

Designed by the ladies, La Flor y Nata is designed to be attractive for women of distinction who enjoy shopping but lack the time to visit every shop in town. Perhaps they are working or caring for their families, or perhaps like in Ronda they aren’t able to see their favourite brands without travelling to the coast.

La Flor y Nata contains the best of the tiendas online (online shops), and whilst the site is yet to earn any decent income both Hilde and María are very excited about its potential. Already the ladies have a mailing list of several thousand women who enjoy keeping upto date on the latest online shopping discoveries.

Every month La Flor y Nata send an email update with new tiendas online they’ve discovered, and they’ll often pick the best offers from retailers to include in their email.

The greatest pleasure the two ladies receive is when they receive an email thanking them for producing their website which acts like a giant yellow pages of online shops in almost every category from women’s fashion to children, appliances, shoes, jewellery, rugs and more.

Whilst the site is in Spanish, Hilde and María doubt English speakers will have any trouble using the site due to the large number of very descriptive images, with their intention that women should be able to relax with a wine and enjoy browsing the various shopping sites with ease.

In addition to providing the very best online retailers, La Flor y Nata also arrange regular competitions for their susbscribers, simply send them a mail to enter the draw, or refer a friend to win some interesting prizes from major retailers.

Both Hilde and María speak excellent English as well as Spanish so if you see something you like about their website, or if you’d like to request they add a retailer, simply send them an email, their contact form is listed under ‘Contacto’ on La Flor y Nata website.

In the near future Hilde and María plan to add several UK based online retailers, though they are keen to emphasise they will only list retailers that are willing to deliver in Spain.

If you’d like to know more about working from home using the Internet, read our work from home guide.

Marquez Locally Produced Food Specialties

To find the best locally produced products we popped into Marquez Tienda on Carrera Espinel, right next door to Restaurant Casa Ortega, and just around the corner from Plaza de Socorro, Ronda’s main square.

The Serranía de Ronda, as a small part of Andalucía is blessed with many hundreds of local artisans producing everything from wines, cheeses, honey, specialist meat goods, olive oil, bottled chestnuts, quince jams, and non-edible goods such as olive oil hand creams, soaps, leather goods, and ceramics.

Marquez is conveniently located for tourists, who probably comprise the bulk of their customers, though Rondeños looking for specialist items not found in supermarkets can often be found entering the store, in fact many phone ahead and place their orders.

Close to home Ronda is known for the wines certified as originating from the district, and Marquez proudly display the certificate awarded to José Antonio Itarte of Cortijo Los Aguillares for their Gold Medal win at Mondial du Pinot Noir, switzerland in 2009.

Other notable wines on the shelves at Marquez include some of the Serranía’s best petit verdot varieties such as the 2006 private reserve Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe or the 2005 Ándalus, both of which are considered excellent representatives of their type.

Locally produced meats from Benaojan and Arriate are readily available, legs of jamón hang from the ceiling, twists of chorizo too. And in the refrigerator look out for Zurrapa de Lomo, a type of local paté made from pork loin fat and lard which is salted, and usually spread on toast for breakfast.

No leg of jamón would be complete without queso curado, so be prepared to buy this as well. A favourite serving in many tapas bars is jomón y queso, quite simply thinly sliced pieces of cured ham off the bone, and triangles of Spanish cured cheese. Queso curado isn’t anything like cheese from northern nations, it is much harder and greasier, and definitely not creamy, but it’s a local specialty that grows on you very quickly.

Desserts aren’t forgotten, jars of quince or chestnuts in their juices or water are available, as is honey from Grazalema or Guirlache from Valencía. in fact the complete tapas dinner and wine is stocked from Marquez, and if you’re staying in Ronda without cooking facilities, Marquez should be on your list of specialtly stores to visit.

Supermarkets in the Serranía

Ronda, the Serranía’s biggest city is blessed with several supermarkets, some of them quite large and carrying a complete range of grocery items. Outside of Ronda most of the villages are serviced by small family owned grocery stores, which somehow manage to stock almost everything you could need in a space the size of a garage.


Name Telephone Address Hours
Dia 956 137 958 c/ Arco s/n
Supermercado El Barquillero c/ Olvera, 22
Vinos Los Murcianos 956 138 913 c/ Alcala del Valle, 27
Hiper Serranía 952 166 021 Camino de Parchite
Supermercado Ruiz 952 166 018 c/ Francisco Cintado, 28
Miguel Dominguez del Valle 952 167 000 c/ Presbítero José Moreno, 75
Cortes de la Frontera
La Noría 952 154 558 c/ Real, 41
El Bosque
Supermercados El Mendez 956 716 245 c/ Huelva, 6
El Burgo
Emseralbur 952 160 161 c/ Alcalde Pedro Barrionuevo, 5
Supermercado Remedios 952 180 537 c/ Genar, 26
Francisco Jarillo Delgado 952 151 219 c/ Luis De Armiñán s/n
Super Tandem 956 132 177 c/ Piedras, 12
Autoservicio Olvera 956 130 961 c/ Cantillos 34
Hermanos Calderon Cabrera 956 120 275 Avda. Julian Besteiro
Mi Super Albeyco 956 130 809 Poligono Industrial s/n
Dia Avda de la Serranía, s/n
Dia 952 877 470 c/ Fernando de los Rios
Dia 952 877 470 c/ Gaudalhorce
Eroski City c/ Tabares s/n
Hermanos Carrasco y Marin 952 873 174 c/ Granada, 52
Maskom 902 321 100 (Toll) c/ Molino s/n
Mercadona 952 879 970 c/ Bulería, s/n
Mercadona 952 877 470 c/ Gaudal Cobacín, s/n
Supersol 952 878 137 Ctra Circunvalación, s/n
Supersol 952 872 643 Poligano Ind El Fuerte, s/n
Setenil de las Bodegas
Super Star 956 134 452 c/ Vilchez, 7
Zahara de la Sierra
Andrades Moreno 956 134 251 c/ Pio XII, 12
Atienza Borrego 956 123 013 c/ Peñas, 1