Ronda is another one of my absolute favourite places to visit in Andalusia (I know I have so many) and somewhere I had never heard of before we moved to Spain.
Its the perfect place to spend the afternoon, perhaps after spending the morning in Setenil de las bodegas (Here) like we did on this particular trip.
Its one of the larger Spanish towns, but still historic and charming at the same time. I remember thinking it was like something out of a fairy tale when I first saw it
The views of Ronda’s most striking feature, the Puente Nuevo, which spans a gorge over 300 feet deep really make it special for me. There is no doubt that there is so much to see and do here but the views of the town set along the cliff really are what sets the town apart.
One of the things I love about Andalusia are the summer ferias. This is a country that like to celebrate and really enjoys life. Each town or village in Andalusia has one throughout the summer months.
Quite often the towns are dressed to impress with the loveliest decorations, each town different to the last. Doesn't it make quite the sight?
The 'day fair' traditionally takes place in the streets of the town itself. Streets are closed to traffic, and businesses close for the week as well. Tables and chairs are set up and the bars serve food and drink in the street with music playing on every corner
People of all ages sing and dance, and visitors are always welcome so if you happen to be visiting while one is happening, you are in for a treat.
Setenil was a big Spanish bucket list location for me, and i'm sure I don't need to tell you why once you see what a truly unique and magical place it is. We took the drive up on an unforgiving hot day... you'd think we would have learned by now! Thankfully, we went early in the morning so the full Spanish heat had not yet kicked in
I had high expectations of setenil after seeing it on pinterest, so when we arrived and I saw it for my own eyes I was surprised and delighted to see it was every bit as special as I had hoped
Named after its once flourishing wineries - bodegas - Setenil is one of the more unique among the pueblos blancos
The town grew out of a network of caves into the rocks and cliffs. It really is the most incredible place to see, like something out of lord of the rings. Almost other worldly
Its incredible to see that people have made this unique place their home. Its a fully functioning town with shops, cafes and restaurants.
We made our way through the windy little town, discovering more and more impressive views. I was so in awe of this incredibly interesting place. I doubt there is anywhere like setenil in the whole world.
And even better, its relatively (at least when we visited) tourist free. Its so lovely to see somewhere so unique without having to wade through hundreds of people and as a photographer, get some clean shots. Heaven
And the locals are super friendly and helpful too. Bonus
Summers in Spain, and especially Sotogrande are nothing short of magic. The temperature rises, chiringuito's open all along the beaches and the tourists descend. And things have just gotten even more exciting with the opening of The beach La Reserva
The first and only private beach in Spain, with sand imported from Cadiz, The Beach is set within the hills of La Reserva, Sotogrande and is the first time that a man-made lagoon has a full sandy bottom... cool or what?
Its quite the talk of the town, as you can imagine. Something so incredible created out of nothing is no mean feat. I was naturally very intrigued to see it for myself.
We made our way past the olive trees, over the palm tree lined entrance we were shown to our super stylish sun loungers for the day.
We settled in with a couple of cocktails and the freshest fruit id ever seen, for a day of total relaxation and indulgence
You are completely waited up at the beach. Drinks and snack brought to your lounger so you don't have to move a muscle... so no excuses for leaving with a tan. Unless you are me... who's skin just refuses to cooperate with the sun (you'll always find me under the umbrella)
Should you want to take a break from relaxation, there is so much more to do. The sports lagoon offers a perfect setting in which to practice water sports ranging from kayak and paddle boards to SUP boards and Mirage Eclipse water bikes. Sounds like work to me...
Rather than get busy with the sports we chose to take a stroll to the restaurant which is right by the lagoons edge.
The perfect mix of style and laid back Andalusian flair, its the most gorgeous spot. Defiantly worth leaving the comfort of your longer for
We ordered in another round of cocktails, mine was a Kate Moss... how fabulous dahhhling
We ate the most delicious LA roll (with almadraba tuna, salmon, avocado) to start
Before moving onto to the sweet rice with shrimp and tuna. All as delicious as they look. The perfect end to the most blissful day
A travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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