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The Ronda Area

If you enjoy getting out and about there's masses to see within easy driving distance of the house. And there are excellent bus and rail connections to Sevilla, Córdoba and Granada. There are also regular buses to and from Ronda whilst a taxi ride there is surprisingly inexpensive.

Montecorto

Montecorto is a quiet village with three restaurants, a number of bars, several small shops and the friendliest of locals. Wander down from your villa through its narrow streets to buy fresh bread, fish and vegetables and maybe stop at Pepe's huerta (vegetable garden) to buy fresh, organic fruit and veg. You couldn't be better placed for self-catering. The village has several waymarked walks for which you'll find maps and descriptions at the villa as well as a lovely lake for swimming close by. Regular buses run to and from Ronda.

Ronda

Ronda is a quarter of an hour from the village and is famous for its deep gorge and dramatic cliffside location. There are several museums, art galleries and mansions to be visited, as well as excellent restaurants, cafés and tapas bars. At the villa you'll find our suggested walking tour of the old town along with a list of our favourite places to eat and suggestions as to where best to shop for local arts and crafts. We prefer Ronda in the evening when things are quieter and you can watch stunning sunsets over the Grazlema mountains from one of its cliffside restaurants.

The Grazalema Park & The White Villages

The National Park begins right on your doorstep. The Grazalema Park is one of the most beautiful tracts of mountain in Europe with astonishingly diverse flora and fauna. There are gorges, high peaks and some of Spain's most attractive rural architecture in its 'pueblos blancos'. Most villages date back to the Moorish period with names that reflect their Berber origins like Zahara, Benamahoma or Torre Alháquime. The village of Grazalema can be reached in twenty minutes from your villa via the lovely Gaidovar valley.

La Cueva de la Pileta & Acinipo

Two of the Ronda Sierra's most fascinating ancient sites are close to the villas. Acinipo, known to locals as Ronda La Vieja, was the main Roman settlement in the area and has a magnificent theatre hewn out of its limestone hillside as well as vestiges of its villas, baths and forum. And a visit to the Pileta Cave is a must. The cave is home to some of Europe's finest cave paintings which are to be found in a series of spectacular caverns stretching deep into the mountainside. Both sites are an easy drive from the villa.

Vineyard visits & Sherry tours

Ronda has no fewer than twenty vineyards or bodegas all within easy driving distance of the villas. The area is now producing some of southern Spain's very best wines. Tours and tastings can be arranged including one to the pioneering and prize-winning organic vineyard of Federico Schatz. And anyone with an interest in wine will wish to take a day trip to Jerez to visit one or more of its bodegas, like Gonzalez Byass, Domecq or Sandeman.

Sevilla & Granada

Both Sevilla and Granada can be visited as easy day trips out from your villa. There's an excellent train service that connects Ronda and Granada with times dovetailing perfectly for a late morning Alhambra visit, whilst you can park at the outskirts of Sevilla and take a local train to the heart of the action. You'll find our top tips for bars and restaurants awaiting you at the villa as well as maps and suggestions of the places you shouldn't miss.

Beaches & lake swimming

The beaches of the Costa del Sol are an hours drive to the south, the nearest of them between San Pedro and Marbella. The lesser-known Atlantic coast beaches are a couple of hours to the west. And much closer to the villa, in a leafy river valley, is a huge artificial lake that is a wonderful place for swimming in summer with shaded spots for al fresco picnics and grassy lawns leading down to the water: it's a perfect place for families with kids.