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In the south of Andalucia I've just boarded the Andalucian
Express at San
Roque. I'm heading up towards Ronda and this train will take me up the heart
Passing through endless delights in the landscapes with mountain
scenery to marvel at. Departing from San Roque you can't miss the masses
of Black Winged Stalks that nest on the line side pylons, giving close up views.
The train slowly, peacefully passes through the spanish countryside, offering
you a look at the way of life in the local communities.
the trees small
outbuildings hide with their many secrets. Across flowery
de la Frontera appears with the Castle perched high on the horizon. The white
washed villages, so much a feature of this region are joined on telephone
by the brightly coloured Beeater birds that are common here.
Before too long we arrive at Benaojan. A good spot to jump off and have
a wander around. About four kilometres above this peaceful village lies
cave.This highly important sight offers both Paleolithic and Neolithic
remains of great interest.The rock paintings are one of the many highlights
guided tour around this site.
Further to the north, some 20 kms from Ronda
of Spain's most highly regarded Roman sites called Acinipo.
The importance of this site can be noted by it's ability for coin minting.Today,
offers atmospheric surroundings with the theatre ruins and dramatic
views from the top of the hill. From here you get a real feel why the
site was used. The
mountain village of Grazalema in
this region is another place not to be missed. Following the path above
the village around the mountains gives you a real
insight into the way of life here.
The train back at Benoajan takes you on the short trip into Ronda. Widely
known as one of Andalucias best attractions has so much to see,and can
to know where to start.The history that surrounds it is one thing but
it is probably often noted today for it's dramatic gorge.
Ronda,stands on a huge
plateau and the gorge splits the 18th century part of the town from the
medieval. Passing over the New
bridge be brave enough to look down at the tremendous
depth of the gorge. Certainly the houses overhanging
the edge of the rock split here have a view to die for.
If the weather's not to hot take the
into the surrounding
fields. Olive groves are common place here but your
reward for this steep walk is the view
back to the gorge - truly spectacular! The
views of the bridge change with every step in height you take. Climbing
back up into the town and passing through the narrow, clean streets you
help but eye the buildings. So much to see and image as the masses of
and the locals go about their everyday life.
Passing through the Arch
of Felipe V. I'm now heading back across the New Bridge, passing
many of the shops that
line the main
streets that still offer many traditional items. The Bullring
here is the largest and oldest in Spain with a history to view at, if
one desires. The
Church of La Merced stands in front of you at the end of this
pleasent seats in a shaded park area, often needed on the warm and sunny
days of this area.
There is so much more to see and do in Rhonda and the surrounding areas.
I've just outlined a few of my personnel experiences on what one can
do. For those
wishing on walking in the higher mountains the Sierra
de Las Nieves lies
to the south east of the City. The coast is just an hour's drive away
not get away from it and explore some of the real secrets of Andalucia.
Clive Burrows, email@example.com
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