Soul-Enriching Change of Scenery
Despite the all-round popularity of the Costa del Sol, sometimes it is good for the soul to experience a change of scenery and get away from it all for a while. Don’t get us wrong, life on the Coast is utterly fantastic and there is no shortage of things to do, but occasionally it can be pleasant to jump in the car and visit less familiar surroundings. Pack the family into the car – or simply head off on your own – and a whole world is opened up away from the beaches and resort towns of the Coast…
Wonderful as a day trip (or as a romantic weekend getaway) is the picturesque mountain town of Ronda. The winding Ronda road that clings to the side of the mountains with vertiginous sheer drops is an experience in itself (not for vertigo-sufferers) but the reward for this slightly unnerving drive is finally reaching the peaceful, traditional town known as “the eagle’s perch” – a name that will soon become apparent to the first-time visitor.
Park and make your way to the back edge of town, where an incredible vista spreads out in front of you, overlooking rolling hillsides and mountains from the top of the cavernous El Tajo gorge – a veritable “eagle-eye” view of stunning Andalucian countryside. Ronda’s iconic Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) is its most famous landmark, and the town so charmed both Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles that they each spent many summers enjoying its beauty.