Ronda Nov 2011

A trip to the Ronda valley with its own microclimate in Andalucia. We are on the cusp of winter so warm clothes essential. Fairly hilly so short rides on quiet roads past orange groves, blanco pueblos. Rich in heritage we will visit Roman, Moorish and prehistoric sites. Cooking in the self catering accommodation will use local olive oil , fresh foods and cheap wine. The circular routes mean rest days are possible. Map of routes.

Ronda

Rough cost is £80 plane, £70 bike hire, £120 accommodation for 6 nights, £22 bus but food should be cheap. Map here.

Wednesday 16th November

Ryanair flight is at 07:25. Fly to Beauvais Paris and arrive 10:05. Fly out from Beauvais at 13:10 to Seville landing at 15:40. Get bus into Seville ( every 30 mins) for €2.40. Stay in La Hosteria de Dona Lina in the centre of Seville. Eat tapas in Bodega de Santa Cruz for €2 each in Barrio Santa Cruz. This is a busy tapas bar where only Spanish is spoken. In the late evening may go to Casa Anselma, a flamenco club.

Thursday 17th November

There are no tour buses round Seville as the streets are too narrow. Instead we do the bike tour at 10:30 am for 3 hours. Costs €25.  Get Los Amarillos bus at 18:00 and arrive Ronda 20:00. Cost is €11

Accommodation is an apartment on the first floor of a traditional Spanish House,  located a two minute walk for the Barrio de San Francisco with it’s Tapas Bars and Restaurants. The apartment features a Private Terrace with a large Jacuzzi Spa from which you can see the Morrish City walls and surrounding Mountains. With 1 Double and two Twin Rooms and two Bathrooms the property also boasts comfortable separate living and dining areas, plus a state of the art Kitchen.

We eat in the Almocabar restaurant tonight a few metres from the apartment. Or Bodega San Francisco.

Friday 18th November 30 miles

We hire bikes for €70 for 4 days from Cycleronda who also provide circular route maps. Rock town visit.

Saturday 19th November 30 miles

A cycle to the Roman ampitheatre of Acinipo then lunch in nearby village carved out of rock. Eat in El Mirador.

Sunday 20th November 30 miles

A cycle to the prehistoric caves at Pileta followed by lunch in Benaojan at the Restaurant Molino del Santo where they serve Benaoján chorizo, Andalucian cheeses, locally reared kid and lamb as well as vegetables, herbs and fruits grown in the area.

Monday 21st November 30 miles

A cycle through one of the local national parks along lakesides. Maybe wine tasting.

Tuesday 22nd November

Get Los Amarillos bus at 12:30 from Ronda bus station direct to Malaga arriving 14:30. Visit the Alcazaba  a former 11th-century Arab fortress and Roman ampitheatre. There is a tour bus which is quite expensive. Get bus at 17:30 to airport, bus 75 €2, every 30 minutes on hour.

Ryanair flight 22nd 20:25 Depart 22:40 Arrive

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