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Guided tour to Ronda with Costa Excursions

If you are staying anywhere on the Costa del Sol such as Malaga,  Marbella, Estepona, Fuengirola, Benalmadena etc then a good option for visiting Ronda is with Costa Excursions. Read on for information about this fantastic guided trip to Ronda.

Full information here on the website of Costa Excursions.
https://www.costaexcursions.es/tour/private-day-trip-to-ronda/
or call them on +34 952 587 644

Ronda  Tour Overview
This classic day trip from the Costa del Sol is a tour to the beautiful and historic city of Ronda. Perched on a buttress of rock and surrounded by the high peaks of the nearby Sierras, the town is divided in two by the El Tajo gorge, and its two halves connected by the famous “Puente Nuevo”. Ronda is a city of stunning views, due to its mix of natural beauty, being surrounded by the rugged limestone peaks of surrounding natural parks, its beguiling labyrinth of streets, impressive palaces, mansions and churches and convents as well as thousands of years of history and culture.

Experienced and friendly guides will show you the best views, the most interesting corners, the most beautiful gardens and buildings enabling you to truly experience the best of this stunning city  and also to enjoy some of the best tapas the area has to offer!

This Ronda day trip is a fantastic day in the heart of Andalucía and an unforgettable experience. The Ronda tour as with all the day trips and excursions organised by Costa Excursions are private tours, meaning that you get a unique and intimate experience and can enjoy the day at your own pace.

 

About Costa Excursions

  • Running  since 2016 and offering unique private experiences for those who like to consider a trip as an opportunity for personal enrichment, adventure and a chance to experience the Spanish culture in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
  • A family-run business run by brothers in law Thomas Liedtke and Peter Fischer who take customer service seriously.
  • Your own private tour guide with pick up & drop from anywhere on the Costa del Sol – Malaga, Fuengirola, Marbella, Estepona etc

Full information here on the website of Costa Excursions.
https://www.costaexcursions.es/tour/private-day-trip-to-ronda/
Or call them on +34 952 587 644

El Bosque Botanical Gardens

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.

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The White Villages (Pueblos Blancos)

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 info page on the excellent website The Grazalema Guide

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.

La Playita – The Little Beach in the Mountains

Sometimes you just want to go to the beach, but staying near Ronda means a one and a half hour drive to the coast for the closest beach, however, not too far away at Zahara de la Sierra is La Playita at Arroymolinos, a fresh water pool made into a man-made beach.

From June until mid September the little beach is open, and is only a 25 minute drive from Ronda, or 10 minutes from Zahara de la Sierra or Montecorto. Located under Monte Prieto, the views of surrounding mountains make La Playita a truly isolated place, yet just a few minutes from civilization.

Why not reserve a night or two in Beautiful Zahara de la Sierra?

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