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through the world,you'll find it only here and in some rare californian places!
for the botanists,as a "dinosaur" tree!
a tree which has stopped evolving...
you'll find on the very picturesque mountain road A366 ,near km 20,coming from ronda...4km before el burgo.
also in a pretty botanical garden of "el bosque" ,road A372,49km from ronda,on the way to arcos de la frontera.
Updated Mar 7, 2005
I went to Ronda on a daytrip from Marbella, but of course you can also do it the other way round. Marbella is a vibrant beach resort at the Costa del Sol which is dominated by the tourism industry. It has endless beaches, a lovely marina and a small old town with cobbled alleys.
About 5-6 buses serve the Ronda to Marbella route per day and the trip takes 75 minutes.
Updated Feb 23, 2013
Why not take a trip to Gibraltar if you are staying in the Andalucia area. If you are driving it will only take about 1.1/2 hours.
Gibraltar is celebrating 400 years of British rule this year. It is a haven for day trippers from Spain. There is quite a lot to see, the Rock of course, and the monkeys who live there. Lots of british pubs serving typically british food. Prices are good as well, petrol cheaper, although a word of warning, if you are driving dont cross into Gibraltar in your car the queue at customs/border control can be horrendous and can take 2 hours of queuing in the summer. Leave your car in La Linea and walk across the border. Dont forget you will need your passport though. Also the currency is not euros but british pounds. Lots of shops along Main Street selling Lladro and cigarette shops where they cost approximately £9 for 200.
You can get the cable car up the rock to see the monkeys or taxis ply for business, if there are a few of you sharing it will work out cheaper and you can get these taxi's at different places but one spot is by the Trafalgar Cemetary.This picture is taken from near the cable car at the top, you can see Spain in the distance.
Written Sep 17, 2004
Coming back down to the main road from Castellar de la Frontera, turn left and follow the road to Jimena de la Frontera. This drive isnt quite so hair-raising.
Because of its position and remoteness this was once a refuge for smugglers. On the top of the hill stands the ruins of a moorish castle.
The town streets are very narrow and winding and a lot are one way for obvious reasons. There is a small parking area at the top near to the ruined castle.
Updated May 30, 2005
Set in the Parque Natural this village stands high on a hill with on a clerar day amazing views of the Atlas Mountains of Africa and the Rock of Gibraltar.
Such a quaint little place you think its a castle but on entering its a village with tiny cobbled streets.
We took the road from La Linea (over the border from Gibraltar) and headed towards Algeciras. You will then see signs for Castellar de la Frontera. Again this road is very windy, worse in fact I thought that the road to Ronda which was bad enough. Its a bit like riding on a roller coaster except it goes on longer! Wonderful views if you can bare to look!
Updated May 30, 2005
If you're from the U.S., going to the Cueva de la Pileta gives you the feeling of what it must have been like not long after they opened up Carlsbad Caverns to the pubic. The entrance is literally a cave in the side of a mountain and there's no electricity within so several tourists are asked to carry a lantern to provide light during the 1-hour tour. But the formations and prehistoric cave drawings make the entire experience worth it.
Tours leave approxiately on the hour and are limited to 25 people so you may have to wait if it's a busy day. Guides speak a variety of languages to give you the background of the cave (still family-owned and operated) and point out significant drawings and formations. You also drive through some pretty countryside to get there as well as the small town of Benaojan.
Written Sep 20, 2005
We were staying in Gibraltar and hired a car for 3 days to pop into Spain and have a look around. This was our first trip and we went to Estapona. Quite a nice place, except everywhere seemed to be like a building site. Construction was going on everywhere, and in every direction you could see huge cranes!
Walked along the beach and had a paddle, showers along the beach for showering and ones just to wash your feet in.
Nice little cobbled streets, with may restaurants, cafe, bars, and shops.
Unfortunately my husband forgot the camera!!!!!! Needless to say he was in big trouble!
Written Sep 17, 2004
26km east through very picturesque and spectacular C344 to coin and then to malaga or marbella.
a summary of andalusia's history:
-ruins of roman road to malaga
-ruins of arab castle
further to coin you enter in natural park "sierra de las nieves" and its "pinsapos" a very old pine,rare species which has never advanced since dinosaurs times! if you miss them here,you have to go to california,the only other place through the world where you'll find them!
Updated Mar 7, 2005
The rare 'Pinsapo' or 'Spanish Fir' only occurs in the mountains around Ronda, and in northern Morocco. They are an ancient relic of the forrests of millions of years ago. They have recently been threatened by the pine needle devouring caterpillers of the Pine Processionary moth, these are best steered clear of as the caterpillers fur can cause a sore rash.
Written Feb 25, 2003
To see the famous White Villages at their absolute best it's hard to beat the A369 road from Ronda to Jimena de la Frontera.
Numerous 'Miradors' along the road are effectively viewpoints in all the best places, with a good place to pull off the road and park. The villages can be seen in all their glory, many of them are dominated by old fortifications from the Moorish times.
From the southern parts of the A369 it's possible, on a clear day, to see Gibraltar's famous rock and even across the strait to the mountains of North Africa.
Be sure to stop at the Mirador nearest to Ronda for a spectacular view of the City perched on the clifftop.
A369 Jimena de la Frontera - Ronda
Updated Jun 26, 2008
6 Reviews and 184 Opinions A very well situataed hotel and an original "way of life" inside. The customers are received like in...
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