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A Visit To Ronda, Malaga And Nerja, Spain


A Visit To Ronda, Malaga And Nerja, Spain
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A Visit To Ronda, Malaga And Nerja, Spain

Malaga

Malaga is the capital city of the Costa del Sol, it is likewise one of the areas of Andalusia, a port city, and furthermore the area for the global air terminal which is the biggest air terminal in Spain. 

The number of inhabitants in Malaga and the encompassing territory is assessed at more than 1,000,000 and this number swells in the late spring with the inundation of guests. Malaga is encircled by mountains and there are two waterways, the Guadalhorce and the Guadalmedina which stream past the city into the Mediterranean. 

Malaga has an abundance of history returning more than 3,000 years.  It was founded by the Phoenicians and named ‘Malaka’, meaning salt, probably because of the fish which was salted by the harbor.  In the 8th century, it was inhabited by the Moors and became an important trading city.  In recent years, the tourism sector has naturally been able to resurrect and improve the economic sector.

Malaga is a very popular tourist destination, made more so in recent years, because of the number of cheap charter flights that now operate in and out of the international airport.  But it is also from here that people can reach a large part of Andalucia and may choose to stay in the famous ‘white villages’ or the historic cities of Sevilla or Granada.

There is plenty to do and see in Malaga – the Arabic Fortress, the Gibralfaro Castle from where there is a beautiful view over the city, the harbor which is one of the most important in Spain, and various museums, cathedrals, and churches as well as, of course, the bullring and it can also be known as the birthplace of the actor, Antonio Banderas!

Nerja

A Visit To Ronda, Malaga And Nerja, Spain
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Nerja is found at the eastern tip of the Costa del Sol, approximately 50 km from Malaga, 1 hour, and 15 minutes from Granada and the infamous Alhambra Palace, and they're just another half an hour to reach the skiing regions of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Nerja is steeped in history and is well known for the primitive paintings in the Nerja Caves, which were discovered in the late 1950s and have now become one of the most visited tourist attractions in Spain.  The caves are also home to the world’s longest stalactite.  Nerja is also famous for the Balcon de Europa, ‘the balcony of Europe’.  

A wonderful promenade that sits between two small coves on the edge of a towering cliff which was once the sight of a great Moorish castle. It offers magnificent views across the Mediterranean as well as numerous bars and cafes where one can sit sipping refreshments while enjoying the scenic surroundings.

Nerja has some lovely beaches which are mostly rocky coves with sharp sand and there are some good restaurants along the beaches which specialize in local fish dishes.  The old town of Nerja has small, narrow streets which are busy in the summer and the weekly market is held on a Tuesday.

Nerja is now also one of the popular tourist destinations for hikers who have a hobby of exploring mountainous areas, where they can explore the Sierra Almijar and Sierra Tejeda mountains.

Nerja also has a great variety of hotel types - nice as well as lots of apartments and also private villas to choose from where you can enjoy your holiday comfortably and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area.

Ronda

A Visit To Ronda, Malaga And Nerja, Spain
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Ronda is one of the most beautiful historic towns in Andalucia and is part of the province of Malaga.  Ronda can be found approximately 50 kilometers from the coastal town of San Pedro de Alcantara along a very winding road through the mountains, the Serrania de Ronda and it is 113km from Malaga.  

Ronda has a population of approximately 35,000 people and it is 739m above sea level.  The average year-round temperature is 15C and has around 2700 hours of sunshine per year.

There are lots to do and see in Ronda.  It is famous for having the oldest bullring in Spain and together with the New Bridge, the Puente Nuevo, these are two of the symbols of Ronda.   The New Bridge is, in fact, over 200 years old and took more than 40 years to complete.  The masonry stones were brought up from the depths of the Tajo gorge.  

The Bullring, The Plaza de Toros, is recognized as one of the oldest in Spain and one of the most monumental in design.  It took 6 years to build and opened in 1785.  The City Museum and the Bullfighting Museum are also very popular sights to visit.  The Sierra de las Nieves natural park is within the province and has the most important forest of Spanish firs.

The fair and festival of Pedro Romero is usually held at the beginning of September and is a good time of year for tourists to visit.

Ronda is a wonderful place to visit, but an even better place to stay.  There are many lovely villas, apartments, or townhouses available to rent, or maybe choose to stay in one of the picturesque surrounding villages such as Montejaque or Gaucin.

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