Today was a very busy day and it started early. Kim and Dawn booked a tour to the white village of Ronda. They had to get to their starting location, about a block from their condo, at 8:10. They made it in time to head to a small cafe for a couple of Americanos to go. Kim is missing her pot of coffee that she has every morning in Saskatoon….I think she is suffering from withdrawal. Kim is thankful to know enough Spanish to order coffee ;). Most people speak English here, but having some Spanish has been helpful….I think she is just having fun practicing.
And, they are off! Coffees in hand on a big bus with lots of people. Kim didn’t count, but she thinks there were about 30. She was getting a bit frustrated, because the bus kept stopping to get more people for the tour, and this took over an hour. I think she needs a chill pill 😉
Once everyone was on the bus, they headed up the mountains. The scenery was absolutely spectacular..lush greenery, steep hills, windy roads, and at the top it flattened out, and there were olive orchards everywhere. Stunning!
Their first stop was a tiny white village called Serenil. This was unique town where shops and homes are cut into the side and underneath cliffs. There were a lot of swallows that nested here. This was a very small village, and they spent about 1/2 hour here, wandering the streets, and taking pictures. Kim walked into a unique deli and tried their Ibericos Chicharrones….fried pork. The Spanish are known for their cured ham.
Next stop…they headed towards the gorge and the new bridge. The ravine, called the El Tajo is 360 feet down and 200 feet wide. The “new” bridge was built between 1751 and 1793….it’s a pretty scary height!
Their guide then took them to explore more of the old town of Ronda. Narrow streets, the church of Santa Maria and the town hall were just some of the highlights ….and the spectacular vistas!