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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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5 amazing things to do in Ronda

There are quite a lot of “things” to do in Ronda… Just walking the streets,  sightseeing  the top 10 monuments and eating the best tapas will fill your day (and your tummy.) But, if you have a bit of extra time, why not try one (or all) of these things to do whilst you are here in the “City of Dreams” :)

Horseriding in the fabulous Ronda countryside.

Caballos y Vino 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
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Take a relaxing spa and massage in Aguas de Ronda

If you want to really relax and unwind, not far from the museum and ruins of the Arab baths you will find Aguas de Ronda… A fantastic little spa and wellness with saltwater pools, sauna, hot and cold baths plus massages to balance your body and your mind…

Find out everything you need to know to arrange your visit on their website here…

Hammam Spa circuit for 2 people at the Hammam Aguas de Oriente Spa in Ronda

Visit the “Casa de Jamon” and see the museum and experts slicing the Iberian ham.

This shop is filled to the brim with a superb display of jamon Iberico- wine -cheese and oil (Iberian hams, Iberian chunks … Etc.) There is also a cafeteria-bar where all the products on display can be sampled either sitting at the bar or at the tables amongst what can only be described a “museum of Spanish nostagia”.

Read more about the Casa de Jamon here…

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Discover Ronda and the surrounding white villages by taxi!

It is not as expensive as you may think as a full white village tour is around 120 euros for 4 people visiting the most emblematic villages of the area… You can visit the Roman ruins of Acinipo, The Pileta cave, the gorge of Ronda and many other places in the comfort of your own chauffer driven taxi…

Read more on the website of Ronda Taxi Tours…

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Vineyard visit, wine tasting and wine museum.

The wine interpretation centre is the place to head for if you are a wine lover. The centre is packed with eveything you need to learn about (and taste) the fantastic wines of the Ronda region.

Education is a basic purpose of the wine interpretation centre sothis is a place where you can ask questions and have a great time while you learn. This is also a place where you will encounter a multisensory experience. The museum is a gateway to the past with an amazing collection of antique objects related to wine and winemaking.

Find out more at the website of the wine interpretation centre here.

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Zahara de la Sierra, Pueblo Blanco in the Grazalema Natural Park

Nestled under the mountain that gives the village its name, Zahara de la Sierra is one of the pueblos blancos of Cadiz province, and is only 30 minutes drive from Ronda, or an hour from Jerez de la Frontera. Completely within the Grazalema Natural Park, and with the district’s largest lake at its base, as well as the beginnings of the Garganta Verde walk just outside the village, Zahara is rightly quite central to experiencing the Sierra de Cadiz.

Arriving in the village you are immediately struck by the sight of the fortress tower sitting on a narrow plateau at the top of the mountain rocks, and the white buildings wrapped around the mountain base which makes Zahara a popular village to photograph from afar with some of the best views being at the southern end of the lake on a clear blue sky day.

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