Ronda, with its very central location in Andalucia, allows travelers to enjoy fantastic day trips combining all kinds of different experiences. One can explore various of the famous white villages and in between visit the pre historic Pileta caves, historical olive oil mills and have a swim
in the multiple lakes and rivers surrounding the Serrania de Ronda.
Equally smooth is a one hour drive to the seaside of Marbella or the centre of Malaga with its Picasso museum, the centre Pompidou, the Thyssen museum or the contemporary art of the CAC, all close to the recently opened port side with its multiple bars and restaurants facing the Mediterranean sea. On the way one can make a stop at the famous El Torcal nature park or the unique botanical garden.
In western direction the same scenario for trip to Arcos de La Frontera, the world famous sherry and horses of Jerez and even Sevilla is less then one and a half hour drive from the hotel.
Knowing we have the high speed train station in Antequera at just 45 minutes by car with a 30 minute train connection to Cordoba and 2 hours to Madrid, you can conclude Ronda is the very heart of southern Spain, ideally situated to make it your home base away from home.
If you’re up for a lazy drive in the mountains with some rural stops, you can take the road to Sevilla. After about 15 km, head for Grazalema, which you’ll reach after a winding 20-minute. Astonishing views over the mountains from the village centre with lots of bars and restaurants to take a break. Now, taking the road to Zahara de la Sierra, this trip becomes a cyclist’s nightmare, but with the car there is plenty of room to enjoy the breathtaking scenery, with the splendid lake of Zahara down in the valley.
Once you’ve arrived at the lake’s border road, follow the signs to Zahara. On that same road, you’ll see signs for El Vinculo, a very ancient oil mill restored over the last years. Owner Juan will tell you the mill’s history, and you can taste wines and local products in Juan’s shop. He also knows great hiking trails around the Zahara area.
Scoring very high on the romantic scale is Zahara, especially around sunset. The colours of the lake and the cosy atmosphere in the village call for more tapas and wine.Back to Ronda is another 20 minutes by car. You don’t have to go back through Grazalema; just follow the lake road that will lead you to the main road to Ronda.