PLACES OF CULTURAL INTEREST

Ronda

Ronda (15 MINUTES DRIVE)

Ronda is one of the oldest cities of Spain. Its origin, according to archaeological findings in the old city space belongs to the Neolithic age. Despite of this, the presence of the human being in this land can be explained at a previous time. A proof of this are the sites found at caves, being the most important the one found at the Pileta’s Cave, which is one of the best cave’s paintings examples of all the Palaeolithic age in Andalusia.

HOUSE OF THE ARABIAN KING

Ronda (15 MINUTES DRIVE)

This building is located at the Cuesta de Santo Domingo Street. The first documental proof of the existence of this great house-palace dates from the 18th century. The building has been restored and changed its structure several times due to the different owners it had through the time. The house ground is irregular and labyrinthine, with lots of stairs and corridors used in order to save without difficulty the different ground levels. The facade, with a great length, is adapted to the street’s curvature, and has got two towers with different height, as well as two doors.

ARAB PUBLIC BATH

Ronda (15 MINUTES DRIVE)

This thermal building of the Arab time is the best conserved of its kind at the Iberian Peninsula. It is located at the old Arab quarter of the city, today called San Miguel Quarter, being the formerly outside quarter of the Arab medina (city) of Ronda.
The baths were built near the Arroyo de las Culebras (snakes’ stream), a perfect place in order to be provided of water, which was moved by a waterwheel, in a current perfect conservation state.
The chronology of the Ronda Arab baths starts at the 13th-14th centuries. The bath is divided into three main zones, following the Roman model of thermal buildings: cold water, warm water and hot water bathrooms. The hydraulic system of the thermal bath has arrived to our days almost complete.

BANDOLERO’S MUSEUM

Ronda (15 MINUTES DRIVE)

Is the only one in Spain concerning this subject (the bandoleros or bandits). It shows the history of this social phenomenon. The museum develops one true look through the documents, pictures, personal details and events happened to all the bandits who live at the Serrania de Ronda.

RONDA’S BULLRING

Ronda (15 MINUTES DRIVE)

Ronda’s bullring, due to its history and architecture, to its character and beauty, is recognized as one of the oldest of Spain, and also as one the most monumental existing bullrings.

PILETA CAVE

Benaojan (40 MINUTES DRIVE)

Among the many caves you can find in our unique environment the most famous is the one called La Pileta, located at Benaojan and discovered in 1905. It was declared National Monument in 1924. It contains an important number of cave’s paintings representing goats, horses, deers, bovids. Among them, the most important are the ones called “The pregnant mare” and “The fish”.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF ACINIPO

Ronda la Vieja (40 MINUTES DRIVE)

The archaeological site of Acinipo is located over one big limestone hill of a tertiary origin, having a middle height of 999 mts. over the sea’s surface. This rise at the depression of Ronda gave it an important strategic value, which was specially considered at the preroman age when the human settlement had to be stablished.

FOR NATURE LOVERS

CARTAJIMA CRAGS

Cartajima (SEEN FROM THE TERRACE OF THE HOUSE)

Cartajima Crags are located within Sierra del Oreganal, about 1400 meters from sea level. It is a magnificent rock formation, of sedimentary origin, consisting of limestone having a bizarre shape. In this karst landscape you can see rocks with many forms naturally created by the erosion of meteorological agents.

Natural Park Sierra de las Nieves

Serrania de Ronda (20 MINUTES DRIVE)

Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park constitutes one of Andalusia’s most valuable ecological strongholds as it is home to the Spanish fir – the park’s greatest treasure and a protected species in danger of extinction. The Spanish fir occupies just over 3,000 hectares in this park.
Located in the heart of the Serranía de Ronda natural region, Sierra de las Nieves is surrounded by exceptional natural spaces including the natural parks of Los Alcornoques and Sierra de Grazalema, to the west; Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja Natural Area, to the south; and Desfiladero de los Gaitanes (Gaitanes Ravine), to the east.

Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park

Jimera de Líbar, Grazalema y Ronda (40 MINUTES DRIVE)

Situated between the provinces of Málaga and Cádiz, in the western-most part of the Iberian Cordillera, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park consists of 51,695 hectares of protected area. It was declared a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO in 1977. A few years later (in 1984) it became a National Park and environmental protection measures in the region are strictly enforced.

Natural Park of Sierra Bermeja Royals

Estepona, Genalguacil y Casares (35 MINUTES DRIVE)

Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja Natural Area, which includes a total of 1,236 hectares of protected land, is situated at the junction of the municipal districts of Estepona, Genalguacil and Casares, though the majority of its Spanish fir forest is found in Genalguacil. The natural area is part of the Sierra Bermeja where a mountain range is found in the heart of the Genal Valley. It separates the Serranía de Ronda from the Mediterranean coast along a 35-kilometre stretch. The mountain range has an average height of 1,000 metres and is located between the Sierra de las Nieves and Pico de Los Reales (Los Reales Peak).

Natural Park Los Alcornocales

desde Tarifa a Cortes de la Frontera (45 MINUTES DRIVE)

This extensive natural zone, located between the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga, occupies a total area of 170,025 hectares of protected land, and – as can be guessed from its name – it is home to the largest and most well preserved cork oak forest in Spain and one of the most important in the world. This forest of cork oaks, along with the abundance of other plant species living in the area, were the reason that it was declared a Natural Park in 1989, although the part of the park pertaining to Málaga had already been named a National Hunting Reserve previously (in 1970).

Natural Monument Canyon of Buitreras

Cortes De La Frontera (45 MINUTES DRIVE)

Cañón de Buitreras (Buitreras Canyon) Natural Monument is a spectacular, narrow gorge over 100 metres deep. It represents an impressive fluvial karstic formation which has been carved out by the erosive action of the Guadiaro River as it passes over the calcareous and limestone-marl rocks found between the Sierra de Grazalema and the Sierra de Ronda. This natural monument, which covers an area of 218,766 square metres, runs through the municipal districts of Cortes de la Frontera, Benalauría and Benarrabá and has its origins in the Jurassic Period, between 200 and 150 million years ago.

LEISURE

SCHMURF VILLAGE

Júzcar (5 minutes drive)

16th June 2011 the village features the worldwide premiere of “THE SCHMURFS”. An advertisement agency from Madrid has the idea of painting in blue all the houses for said premiere. Shortly after, the locals decide democratically to keep the blue painting and a quaint theme park is born along with positive financial results.

Reservatauro Ronda

Ronda (25 MINUTES DRIVE)

Reservatauro Ronda is a true Natural Park. The dehesa (wooded pastureland), dotted with centenary holm oaks, serves as setting to the breeding of the bravest of its dwellers: the Bull.
Only a few minutes away from Ronda, at Reservatauro, in the edge of a Biosphere Reserve, you can enjoy observing within a short distance all the stages of the fighting bull breeding and selection: the breeding stock cows, the powerful stallion; the calves, the young bulls; and finally, the bull.

Ascari Main Track

Ronda (25 minutes drive)

Ascari is the longest track in Spain, and “one of the most spectacular in the world”. The full circuit is 5,425 metres long, with a consistent width of 12.2 metres. It can be sub-divided into three different sections or combinations, enabling separate events or aspects of driver training to be run simultaneously. The backdrop to Ascari is a nature lovers’ paradise. Mountains and indigenous woodland characterise a terrain intentionally devoid of advertising boards and other manifestations of commerce common to other race circuits. Within that brief, all the passive safety installations have been designed to be as visually low key as possible.

RONDA’S VINEYARDS TOURS

Ronda (20 minutes drive)

Visits to wineries and wine tastings
Ronda is known for its strong wine growing culture and there are many wineries to be found in the area. They specialise in ‘wine tourism’ and organise guided tours of their facilities and tastings of their best wines.
On the tour, they will tell you about the history of the winery and will show you their facilities and how the wine is elaborated. You can also enjoy some wine tasting, which is always accompanied by a ‘tapa’ or tastings of local products.

Selwo Aventura

Estepona (60 minutes drive)

Enjoy in Selwo Aventura an African adventure with the most emblematic species of this continent and other places of the Planet. For further info visit the site: selwo.es/en

SPORTS

PADDLE

Cartajima (10 minutes walk)

Play paddle in our village, if you wish to enjoy the paddle course which is located at the very entrance of the village by the local swimming pool, please address Cartajima’s townhall. We will be very please to assist you in case you struggle with Spanish.

HIKING

Cartajima-Sierra de las Nieves

There are several signposted tracks crossing Genal Valley, Cartajima crags or ‘Sierra de las Nieves’. Nature lovers will find in this area a true natural paradise which is enjoyable during the whole year with its changing landscapes.

Cueva del Gato

Benaojan (35 minutes drive)

Benaoján is a paradise for nature lovers and active travellers. Located in Serranía de Ronda, it stretches intoSierra de Grazalema Nature Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, encompassing wonderful settings for adventure sports. The main sights in town are the Church of ‘Nuestra Señora del Rosario’ and the Moorish town centre, while interesting outings include caving expeditions to ‘Cueva del Gato’ or ‘Cueva de la Pileta’ and its prehistoric remains.

SHOPPING

Centro Comercial Abierto de Ronda

Ronda (25 minutes drive)

The pedestrian area of Ronda offers to the traveller a variety of shops, bars and restaurant. Please note that businesses tend to close between 14.00 p.m. and 17.00 p.m.