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Out &About

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Ronda

Historic sites and stunning countryside

You might be happy to put your feet up and just relax at La Morera. However, should you choose to be more adventurous, here we’ll give you a flavour of some of the historic sights and stunning countryside of Andalucia.

From the 8th C until the late 15th C this area of Spain was under the control of the invading Moors. From their period of occupation they left behind an abundance of historical sites. The magnificence of the Alhambra in Granada is legendary. However, there are many fortified Moorish towns and villages in the area with outstanding relics, mosques and gardens displaying exquisite taste from a highly cultured and civilised people. The breathtaking city of Ronda, astride a spectacular gorge, is fifteen minutes away and is a classic example of a fortified Moorish city – the old defensive wall, the area’s baths, mosques converted to churches by the Christians, and many other sites of archaeological interest. With the oldest bullring in Spain, Ronda justly claims to be the home of bullfighting. The ancient and ruined original city of Ronda La Vieja is only 20 minutes away.

Festivals throughout the year

From the annual April Feria in Seville to the Festival de Jerez, dedicated to Flamenco, there are festivals throughout the year devoted to traditional Andalucian dance and music.

Ronda countryside

The most wonderful walking

The lush Grazalema National Park, which has some of the most wonderful walking, cycling and horse–riding, is a 15 minutes drive Here too can be found some of the famous ‘white villages’ (Los Pueblos Blancos) from Zahara to Grazalema itself. Many others, including Arcos, Setenil, Gaucin and Casares are all within an easy journey and well worth exploring.

Mountain-top municipalities and Mediterranean beaches

The villa is perfectly positioned to explore a wealth of cultural cities and villages. Just a short drive away is Seville, famous for its flamenco dancing and major landmarks, Alhambra, known for its palace and fortress complex, and the white village of Zahara de la Sierra. Many beautiful Mediterranean beaches, including Marbella, Nerja and Tarifa, are also close by.

Marbella
Hot air balloon flying over mountains

Activities for the adventurous and those who wish to relax

Whether you want to relax in the sunshine and sample some of the local delights or would rather get your heart beating with some of the more adventurous activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy here, whatever the weather. Visit the world-famous sherry houses of Jerez, sample olive oil the local olive groves where Philippe Starck designed their bottles or go on a vineyard tour! For the more adventurous, an array of exciting activities await… Race down tracks on mountain bike or work up an appetite on local tennis courts. Take in the scenery on horseback or travel amongst the clouds with a hot air balloon ride.