Gran Hotel Benahavis
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Anyway, that's up ahead. Or not. After a stopover in KL and a couple of nights with friends in Sussex, when we visited the delightful town of Whitstable in Kent, we have now had a few days at our shared apartment near San Pedro and around 8 minutes by car from Puerto Banus. That's about as far south ...
... except for a few tourists and the locals watching the football in one of the many bars scattered around the town.
Monday 15 June 2015
Today we tried to get to Ronda again – really want to do the train trip through the mountains. Anyway the bus was 10 minutes late which was the first sign of trouble, then there were a few other things which did not look promising. We estimated that the bus would not get there in
time for us to catch one of the very ...
Ronda is situated in a mountainous interior region of sierras in southern Spain that has a reputation for very good hiking. When I was looking at Explore hiking-oriented trips in southern Spain I considered doing one centered in Grazalema, one of the white hill towns in a natural park a short distance west of Ronda. While I picked the Explore trip in the Sierra Aracena instead, I kept open the idea of doing some hiking around Grazalema. Grazalema itself in a different ...
... started playing up again. Lets hope it continues to behave itself because I really don't want to have to go through the same palaver as last time if it needs fixing again.
On the up side, the sun has brought lots of lovely butterflies out and on my first day here I saw a butterfly I have been wanting to see for years. At the front of my European Butterfly book is a picture of the Spanish Festoon butterfly- it is absolutely gorgeous but I have never seen one ...
... and would occasionally talk to one of the locals as they walked by our table. We had a local wine, literally grown in the valley that was wonderful! It was a memorable evening between the views, the meal, and our discussions with Frank about the local area and culture. If you're in the area, this is a 'do not miss'. In fact, we would come back again, just for another meal at the El Muelle!
This is why we came to southern Spain!