Hotel Bodega El Juncal Ronda
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
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Today we wandered the hills of Andalucia, through the towns of Sentinel de las Bodegas, Zahara, and Grazamel.
Sentinel de las Bodegas is unique in that some of the houses are built in to the mountainside; the houses use the natural formation of caves in the rock. Over thousands of years, ancient rivers have eaten away at the rock, forming these caves. Walking the steep streets is somewhat like being in a complex maze, as are most ...
... free range pigs -- called parrillada de ibericos con patatas y verduras. The meat is red, not white, and the taste is rather nutty. Keeping in mind that Barry believes pig fat rules, we had to try the jamon! The dish serves four different parts of the pig: tenderloin, back strap, neck and shoulder, and belly -- all on a bed of fried potato slices. Barry was in hog heaven!
As we ate, some of the town people of Arriate ...
... and Orson Wells were part-time residents of Ronda, where they did some of their writing.
Ronda has a strong bullfighting tradition, and on one of our days in the town a major bullfight was scheduled. By midmorning the town was filled with people and lines had formed at the bullfight ticket office. Our sympathies for the bull led us to not attend the fight, but we did enjoy roaming ...
There must not be a ton of people staying at this hostel because I have a six bed dorm room all to myself and have ran into only four other people during my time here. It is a nice hostel so either not that many people know about it or it is just a typical Wednesday night in the off season. To be honest I like the piece and quite and would not mind if no others showed up. There is a lot of character to this place. White marble covers the floors throughout ...
The next morning we set out for the Cueva del Pilates winding our way up onto ever smaller roads as we neared the caves. These caves house the best collection of Palaeolithic cave paintings in Spain. The access is very limited to 25 people on a tour about 4 times a day. Conservation of what is here is extremely important to them - no lights other than their flashlight lamps, no photos and if they could do it, no breathing as the carbon dioxide ...