Today i'm showing you around the historical town of Ubrique. Its another super cute pueblo blanco (white town) in the Cadiz province set at the foot of the Serrania de Ronda Mountains. You may have heard of it before as its world-renowned for its leather industry.
Its quite the drive from our home in Sotogrande to this remote town, about 2 hours and up some majorly high and windy mountain roads. But its a beautiful drive past villages in towns and sunflower fields.
The view of the mountains over the tiny little white town is incredible. Photographs just don't do it justice.
For over a century, Ubrique has been world-renowned for its leather industry supplying the likes of Loewe, Louis Vuitton and Gucci but from what I could tell these are kept well hidden... either that or I just didn't know where to look. Its like its their little secret.
Bouganvilla filled pots and succulents decorate the streets, as is the southern Spain go to style. And something iv come to love.
Head into the Plaza d'Espana, Its easy to find, as it is the only large open space in the upper section of the city. Here you'll find the the best views of the town. The detailing on some the buildings is so beautifully intricate. From here, you'll also see the church of San Antonio and the main church in the square.
After a cafe con leche, go and get lost in the beautiful cobbled and somewhat steep streets that lead to even more beautiful details. A town that seems from another century, sleepy but beautiful.
As far as Spanish towns go, this one is very authentic. I actually didn't see one tourist the whole time we were there. Its very rustic and full of charm. Almost run down in some parts, but in the best possible way. Its easy to see why the town has been declared a historic site.
Don't forget to stop off and get THE panoramic view of the town, its truly breathtaking and worth the trip alone
I loved Ubrique, and defiantly worth checking out if your visiting southern Spain
When I first heard that there was a ski resort in Spain not far from where I live, you could have knocked me down with a feather. How is it possible, its always so sunny and warm. Even in the winter, it never feels like winter!
But it is true. Europe's most southerly ski resort, Sierra Nevade sits on the northwestern slopes of Veleta, the third highest peak in Spain.
There is something quite special to be able to spend the day by the beach one day and the next hitting the slopes. You could say its the perfect holiday...
Its only a small resort, but there is so much to do, and the apres ski is enhanced by the addition of tapas.
Have you ever been skiing in the Spanish mountains?
When we ex pats get bored of the beach and crave some cold weather we head to the Spanish mountains of Sierra Nevada.
Id never even heard of Sierra Nevada before I moved to Spain, but apparently its a thing and our friends spend most of the early part of the year there. So naturally we had to get in on the action and its fast become a favorite
A favorite, massively due to the fact we have El Lodge...
El lodge is so cool. The hotel interiors, the service, the apres ski, the food. The list is endless
The rooms are so stylish and cosy you don't want to leave them. Until you catch a glimpse of the heated pool right outside your door... that's really all the persuasion you need!
In Fact I love El Lodge so much, I turn our terrace at home into "Belle Lodge" ... an alpine inspired winter space totally inspired by El Lodge. Cute eh!?
The sundeck is the place to hang out when your not skiing. Chairs draped in the chicest blankets to keep you warm (there are heaters too) and watch the skiers fly against a backdrop of snow covered mountains while you enjoy the most delicious lunch...cheese features heavily on the menu so I was in heaven
And in the evening head to the Grill
Watch the sunset over the mountain as fireplace roars over a glass of wine. This place has a very special place in my heart. It was here that we decided on and toasted to our home which we affectionately call Provence in Espania
Aren't we are so lucky to have a ski resort so close to home?
If you're visiting Sierra Nevada, I highly recommend El Lodge, its simply the best place to stay
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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