Come and visit Ronda and the surrounding areas, or plan your itinerary around the most popular sites, and some of the lesser known things to do. Ronda is much more than the bullring and new bridge (Puente Nuevo). There are also the Arab Baths, the Water Mine, the Mondragon Palace, and outside the city, the Cueva de la Pileta, or the Dolmen structures at Antequera. Further afield are the beaches of the Costa del Sol, Sevilla’s cathedral and palace, or Cordoba and the Mezquita. And of course for discovering the beautiful Sierra de Grazalema have a look at Wildside Holidays – Grazalema
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.
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! :) )
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.
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.
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