August 27, 2009
LOLA LET LOOSE IN LOS PUEBLOS BLANCOS!
Welcome to PART 2 of our trip, dear readers - this
time inland to Andalucia’s White Towns or Pueblos
Blancos - a series of towns and villages in the
northern part of Malaga province, mostly within
the Sierra de Grazalema and Bermeja Natural Parks.
All the villages are characterised by whitewashed
walls and terracotta roofs.The area has been
settled since prehistoric times, some of the local
caves having ancient rock paintings. Numerous
cultures have left their mark (including the
Romans) but the most influential was that of the
Moors. The narrow, winding streets have a
distinct Arabic feel, though each village has at
least one Roman Catholic Church. The
surrounding countryside is green and pleasant
and tourist activities include hiking, rock-climbing,
pot-holing, horseback riding, bird watching
and just, well, doing nothing! Viva manana!
Let’s begin by driving away from Malaga Airport
where you flew in over Puerto Banus (see sidebar pic!)
and along the coast to our first pueblo blanco, Casares...
and the view from the other side of town...
Let’s wander through its attractive streets...
and here's another...
Then on to pretty Gaucin...
what a great view of its castle, Castillo del Aguila!
Hang on! Let’s stop to do some shopping...
But it’s so hot! What would you prefer: a
coffee, a long cold drink or an apéritif?
Before we drive on to famous Ronda, let’s
pass through pretty Algatocin...
watch out for those goats!
and have a closer look at Bermeja Natural Park:
and even further afield to Gibraltar (in the hazy distance!)
before we finally arrive at Ronda and... lunch!
But first, let’s look at Ronda’s famous Puente Nueve!
and the houses clinging so precariously to the side...
Now let’s go up this street to our restaurant...
Phew! Let’s walk off lunch by hitting
the shops again ... Fancy some ham, anyone?!
Oh, look! A bullfight ad for Marbella! Ugh!
But here’s the real thing:Ronda’s own bull ring!Ugh!Ugh!
Ah! But it’s getting late and you’ve got a plane to catch!
So, let’s return to Malaga via one last pueblo blanco,
Villanueva del Trabuco, situated to the north of the city.
And have a farewell drink in this bar... That was some
joke one of you cracked!! Almost brought the roof down!
But quick! Here’s Daniel with your private plane!
Now, where dear reader, would you like HIM to fly YOU?
PAW NOTE: Some outrageous pics for you this Saturday! xx