Ronda to Arcos de la Frontera

Today we drove west again (about 60 mile) to Arcos de la Frontera, another one of the white hill towns.

Before we left Ronda we went for a walk.

Duke in a garden overlooking the gorge in Ronda

About half way to Arcos de la Frontera We stopped at an artisanal olive oil mill in Zahara de la Sierra. Of course there is nothing much going on right now but it was fascinating to see all the equipment and ask questions. After the thousands of olive trees we have seen over the last few days we had lots of questions. The man behind the counter was very knowledgeable. He said his grandfather was a bull breeder for bull fighting. He had lots of very cool pictures.

Duke with one of the olive oil presses

Next we climbed up to the Castillo de Zahara de la Sierra.

Castillo de Zahara de la Sierra

A little bit farther down the road we stopped for a picnic lunch.

The road to the Parador in Arcos de la Frontera is very narrow. Duke pulled in the mirrors on the car and we made it to the Parador with no scrapes. We ate dinner at a wonderful little restaurant called La Carcél. We shared six plates including goat cheese and marmalade, stuffed mushrooms, prawns, and octopus.

The Parador of Arcos de la Frontera
The octopus we shared as part of our dinner
The road to the Parador
The view after dinner from the Parador terrace

Granada to Ronda

This morning we left Granada and drove about 110 miles west and a little south to the white hill town of Ronda. Along the way we took a short break at an overlook to eat some of our oranges.

Ronda is one of my favorite places in Spain. There is a gorge running through the center of town. The gorge is spanned by a stone bridge. Our Parador overlooks the gorge and the bridge.

The Parador of Ronda

The weather today was perfect. We enjoyed sitting outside overlooking the bridge for our welcome drinks.

We wandered around Ronda a bit.

The Bull Ring in Ronda

Before we went down to dinner we checked out the full moon coming up over the bridge.

We had a great dinner in the Parador.

Sea bass