Within the Serrania we are lucky enough to have three natural parks, Grazalema, Sierra de las Nieves, and Alcornacales, and at El Bosque, a small botanical garden “El Castillejo” devoted exclusively to the local and endemic plant species of these mountains.
Due to the Serrania being both Mediterranean and European, many of the tree species are common throughout Europe, whilst most of the shrubs are generally Mediterranean. Most of the flowers and grasses are either Mediterranean or endemic to the area. Your stroll will take you through several mini ecosystems, each with their own viewing area to sit and appreciate the surroundings.
If you are staying in Ronda for a few days and have a car then you will want to get out and about to explore more villages in the area. The “Pueblos Blancos” or white villages encompass the north east of Cádiz and north west of Málaga provinces and this area is saturated in history with palaeolithic cave paintings, neolithic dolmens, bronze and copper age remains, Roman roads, Visigoth fountains and Moorish towers. For the most part, these tours take us through towns created during almost 800 years of Muslim settlement. Berber tribes arrived here in around 714, coming from similar mountainous terrain in Morocco. They chose easily defended sites and built watch towers as an early warning system against attack. All of which was needed as this area was a lasting frontier between the Muslim and Christian kingdoms. You can read more and print off the 3 driving white village routes at the Grazalema Tourist Information website.
If you don’t have a car then our very good friends over at Wildside Holidays can arrange a guided tour of some of the famous white villages of the area and can pick you up and drop you back to your hotel at the end of the day. Wildside Holidays also arrange nature orientated walking tours in the nearby Sierra de Grazalema.
The Ronda-Pilar de Coca loop (PR-A 71) is a wonderful walk for exercise junkies and visitors to Ronda alike, it’s a circular route that takes us about 9km out of Ronda, past vineyards, oak groves, an old aqueduct that supplied Ronda with water, the Pilar de Coca spring, and finally the mountains of the Sierra de las Nieves and the Serranía de Ronda.
The day that officially marks the start of Christmas time festivities here in Ronda (and Spain in general) is December 22, when the Christmas Lottery raffle takes place… “El Gordo” is a dream of many people in Spain but there is more to come including “Noche Buena” on the 24th and a traditional day when families get together and eat, eat, eat… December 25 is more of a relaxing day and not a day for exchanging presents…. New Year’s Eve is the day when Spanish and Andalusian traditions are felt the most. Among the ones that undoubtedly stand out, the “Good-Luck- Grapes” that consist of eating twelve grapes one by one, as the clock strikes the year’s last twelve seconds. As soon as you finish (if you finish, as it is harder than it sounds!) The party really starts…
So date wise you need to arrive around the 22nd for a Christmas week and around the 31st for news years celebrations…. Use the booking box on the right to get the latest hotel deals in Ronda…The Weather is normally cold and sunny but sometimes we even get a sprinkling of snow!
The day that pretty much ends the celebrations here in Ronda is, at the same time, the most awaited by children and adults alike since it is on January 6 that we give and receive presents brought by the Magi or the Three Kings. The spectacular “Cabalgata de Los Reyes Magos” (the Procession of the Magi) takes place on the evening of January 5, when the colourful and magical procession passes through the streets of Ronda with the three Kings and their helpers throw tens of thousands of sweets and caramels at (to) the people lining the streets.
Famous parades are also held in nearby Huelva and Seville with Huelva’s Cabalgata de la Higuera de la Sierra being the 2nd oldest procession in Spain, and it has been given The parade of Seville has been celebrated every year since 191
If you have already visited the Ronda and Grazalema areas you will surely want to come back again and Christmas is the perfect time…
You are discovering the white town and “City of Dreams” that is Ronda and will be amazed by the beautiful Puente Nuevo, the architecture and history, the Plaza de Toros. But, take a moment to enjoy the stunning views from the balcony behind the Parador and the Paseo de los Ingleses. The mountains in the near distance are known as the Sierra de Grazalema. One of Spain’s most famous natural parks. A fabulous location to spend time be it resting, walking, bird watching or photography. Continue reading Guided excursions and white villages of the Sierra de Grazalema→
The walk to the Tajo del Abanico, named for the cave that looks like a fan (abanico), is a gentle walk measuring about 4.5km from the Almocabar gate at the entrance to the medieval walls of Ronda in the Barrio de San Francisco. It is of low difficulty, and takes you to a river valley filled with wildflowers in the spring and summer. (very hot in the summer months) Continue reading Walk from Ronda, Tajo del Abanico→
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