Zahara de la Sierra, Provincia de Cádiz, España
Day 1: Arrivel Málaga
Day 2: Route Ronda
Day 3: Route Montes de Málaga
Day 4: Route Setenil de las Bodegas
Day 5: Route El Chorro
Day 6: Route El Tejeda
Dag 7: Departure Málaga
One of the nicest tours we have in our files. The GPS leads you through the Sierra de la Nievas via El Burgo to Ronda. You will pass some of the typical white villages that lie hidden in the mountains around Ronda. The city guide that you are given will give you a great impression of how beautiful the city of Ronda is with its famous burg and the oldest bullring in Spain. It is not necessary to be a fan of this spectacle, although it is still part of the Spanish culture.
One of the surprising aspects of areas such as the Costa del Sol is that untouched nature reserves lie a few kilometers from the busy city. An example of this is the nature park "Montes de Malaga", which is five kilometers north of the city. In this area you will find many white villages that have remained fairly authentic and where life seems to stand still. Take the time to enjoy this peaceful life for a cup of coffee and or an afternoon meal.
I think a route is always more fun when it also has a destination to drive to, so today a visit to Setenil de las Bodegas. This village is probably unique among the pueblos blancos, the white villages in Andalusia. Most villages were built on excellent rosts with a strategic location, but Setenil came from a network of caves above the river Trejo. The blinding white houses of Setenil seem to come from the rocks and some actually have a rock as a roof.
The reservoirs of Ardales and El Chorro with its king's path through the gorge have made a great impression on us. Behind this “Chorro” gorge are large reservoirs and water basins that supply the coast with water. A system of canals and aqueducts that provide a constant supply of water to the stations on the coast. The second part of the route goes to the El Torcal located south of Antequera, El Torcal is a unique area in Andalusia. The impressive landscape of the nature park is formed by the limestone rock formations that accommodate millions of structures, formed by the gradual erosion of huge limestone blocks.
Coast and El Tejeda are on the program today, and today's route is very varied: valleys, reservoirs, mountain ranges, nature parks and great winding roads that connect everything together. A beautiful route that will end up in the El Tejeda nature park, I won't say much about it, you will just have to experience it for yourself.