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April 20, 2015

White mountain villages

Casares Pueblo

Casares

Casares is an incredibly beautiful white mountain village (Pueblo blanco) that hangs high up on the side of a cliff from the Sierra Bermeja mountain. The village is also called the “hanging village” with its location on this cliff. Here are white houses down the mountain with the remains of the Moorish castle at the top of the summit. Here you walk on winding narrow streets with steep climbs. The scenery is beautiful with the wooded mountain which gives a green and lush vegetation all year round. There are also fantastic hiking trails where you can experience the spring water that flows out of the mountain.

Cozy mountain village of Casares
Casares is located approximately 15 km from La Duquesa, Manilva and it is about a 10 minute drive into the country from the coast. When you get to Casares it is easiest to park your car and then discover the village on foot. Here are steep little roads to the Plaza de Espana square where you find the city’s fountain. On the way to the village there are several handicraft shops and you will find various museums, such as the Craft Museum, Blas Infante’s birth house and more. Outside the village you will find the Roman Clavero timber factory, which is the village’s major employer. Here you make windows and doors.

Golf
In Casares there are the golf courses Finca Cortesin Golf Club and Dona Julia Golf. Designed by Cabell Robinson, Finca Cortesin Golf Club is a nice course that has a bit of luxury and quality. This course is suitable for low handicapped people who want a little more class.

Casares Castle
The castle is high up on the highest part of Casares and was built on the eleventh century by the Moors. Here it is a little steep and winding to get around.

San Sebastian Church
The San Sebastian church was built in the 17th century and was a parish church. Here is the image of Our Lady of the rosary of the fields, which is Cesare’s patron saint.

Church of la Encarnacion
The church was built in the late fifteenth century. The church has a Mudejar-influenced bell tower and a patio that previously belonged to the monastery.

Blas Infante’s birth house / Casa Natal de Blas Infante
In Casares, Blas Infante Perez de Varga was born. He was a politician, lawyer and author, and initiator of the nationalist movement in Andalusia. He was born on July 5, 1885 and executed by Franco’s followers at the beginning of the Civil War. Today is the house where he was born a museum and a tourist office. There are exhibitions with works by local artists.

La Hedionda Spa
Already during the Roman period the bathing in Hedionda was well known. There is sulfur-containing and alkaline water that flows from the local source. In this water, Caesar is said to have cured problems with his liver in 61 BC. As a thank you, Casares had to coin his own coins during Roman times. Casares is named after Caesar.

Fiesta
On the last Saturday of May, La Romeria de la Patrona, la virgin del Rosario del Campo, is held. Then all the inhabitants of the church Iglesia de San Sebastian go to la Ermita between the rivers Genal and Guadiaro, which is a walk of 11 km. In July, Feria del Secadero will be held. The first week of August is the community’s own holiday, La Feria de Agosto. The origin of the holiday is the village’s resistance to the French from 1810 to 1813. In September, the holiday is held La fiesta de Nuestra Senora de la Virgen del Rosario del Campo. In September, La Feria del Santo Cristo is also held. Every year in mid-July, the market is held Mercado Mediaval.

Beaches
The nearest beach is called Playa de la Sal. Here is a lovely area with a wide, long beach and there is a cozy beach bar serving good food. There are parking spaces nearby. It is also suitable for children as they can play on the beach sometimes as they wait for the food.

 

 

Ronda

Ronda

Ronda is one of Spain’s oldest cities and is located in a very mountainous area 750 m above sea level. The city is located on a small plateau which is divided in the middle of a deep gorge. El Tajo is called this deep gorge where Guadalevin flows through the city. Although the city has grown rapidly, it has still been able to retain its old historical charm.

Ronda is located about 100 km west of the city of Malaga and you can drive through the rocky mountain landscape of Serrania de Ronda on narrow curvy roads high up on the mountain. Some bits of the road lift it in the stomach when you drive and you get to see a lot of nature and even some mountain goat if you are lucky. According to Spanish history, Ronda is associated with bandits and bullfighters and the city has a romantic past.

Around 1485, only the part of the city on the southern side of the gorge, La Ciudad, was located. After the Christian reconquest, the new part of the city emerged, El Mercadillo. It was because the taxes in La Ciudad were so high that the population had to make new homes and the new part then emerged. When you drive from the coast on the main road into the city you drive through two Moorish gates, Puerta de Almocabar and the Renaissance port. Puerta de Almocabar was the main center of the castle in the 13th century and the Renaissance transport was built in the 16th century. If you are in the old part, La Ciudad; one can still see much of the Moorish architecture. Here lies the whitewashed house with many narrow narrow alleys, while you can see some Renaissance buildings still remain. If you go to Plaza Duquesa de Parcent you can see a church, Santa Maria la Mayor. This building was formerly a mosque (in the 13th century) but has since been converted into a Catholic church. If you enter the church you can still see Arabic inscriptions.
As the population gets younger and younger, nightlife has also changed in Ronda. Ronda’s streets are almost deserted at 21 o’clock. But then you should take a look in Ronda’s lesser-known alleys and streets, here you will find restaurants and bars that hold up for the city residents into the small hours. During the holidays, it is not uncommon for both children and adults to stay up all night and then the adults go straight to work.

Tourist attractions

Bullring
At the Plaza de Espana in the Mercadillo section, the bullfighting arena is located in Ronda. Ronda’s bullfighting arena is one of the oldest and best preserved in Spain. The bullfighting arena was built in 1784 by architect Jose Martin de Aldehuela. This architect has also designed Puente Nuevo. Here lived the great matador Pedro Romero and here he fought and died. He was considered to be the founder of the modern bullfighting. Instead of fighting with bulls on horseback, he fought with them on foot. Ronda continues to interest those who are interested in bullfighting from other countries. Inside the bullfighting arena there is a small museum and here are various things from bullfights. Famous artist Goya designed by Romero and his colleagues here. Every year in September, a festival is held in honor of the bullfighters and Goya, Feria Goyesca. The best matadors then appear in 18th-century costumes.


El Tajo Gorge
There are three bridges that cross El Tajo. The original bridge, known as both Puente de San Miguel or Puente Romano, overlooks the Arabian baths of the 13th century. Puente Viejo, built in 1616. Puente Nuevo, which was built in 1751 and completed in 1793. This is the highest of the bridges with 120 meters above the ravine floor. During this pass, many horrible things have happened. The architect who made Puente Nuevo died after falling to the bridge as he reached for his hat that blew away. During the Spanish Civil War, Republican sympathizers were thrown into the pass by Franco’s troops. During the 18th century, injured horses were thrown down from the bullfighting arena here.

Palacio de Mondragon
This is a palace built in 1324 by Abomelic, king of Ronda. The palace is located on the Plaza de Campillo in the Moorish parts. There have been many Moorish rulers who have lived here before the Catholic kings Ferdinand and Isabella rebuilt it for themselves. The courtyards have horseshoe shaped arches and you can still see the stuccos and the colorful mosaics from that time. Here you can also go up on a roof terrace and look at the view of the landscape. The palace has been renovated on several occasions. The palace is open for viewing certain times of the week. Upstairs there is a museum and here you can see an exhibition of the local natural history.


La Casa del Rey Moro
This is a palace from the 18th century, located on Calle Santo Domingo. The palace has not belonged to any Moorish cunning, but it is built on a Moorish foundation. The house has an underground staircase, let mine (mine). This staircase leads down from the garden to the river that runs through the pass. During the siege, the Christian slaves were allowed to stand as a human water pipe and bucket after bucket of water would be brought up the stairs. You must not visit

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