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One day in Córdoba

One stifling August day, like the mad English folk that we are, we set off to the ancient Moorish city of Córdoba, to see if La Mezquita, Córdoba's C8th mosque, was all it’s cracked up to be. I don’t mean to sound philistine but we have been to the Alhambra several times and it could hardly be a match for... (read more...)

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Discovering Sherry in Jerez

Where better to sample some of the world’s finest sherries than in the sherry capital itself – Jerez de la Frontera? There was only one problem – I don’t like sherry. (read more...)

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Why winter is one of the best times to visit Andalucía

Think of inland Andalucía and images of geranium-filled, white-washed villages baking in the summer heat spring to mind. But once the summer heat has faded and the autumn fiestas are over, the Serranía de Ronda offers the smart traveller a tranquil world of wild beauty, incredible culture and unforgettable gastronomy. (read more...)

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Samsara Wine Experience

Samsara offers the wine novice or aficionado something a little different. If you are looking for a wine tasting in a phenomenal location, with interesting wines and an approach that shows the deepest respect to Mother Nature then you have come to the right place.  (read more...)

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Romantic Ronda - Jewel of Andalucia

Before following the crowds to Paris, Florence or Prague, consider instead Ronda, jewel of Andalucia, one of the most romantic cities in the world. The perfect location for a honeymoon, romantic escape or Valentine’s break, Ronda is an enchanting and seductive city, small enough to feel welcoming and intimate but packed with history and culture. (read more...)

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Ronda - A Foodie's Paradise

A thriving food scene on Málaga’s coast has crept inland to work its magic on the city of Ronda, transforming the local scene and providing the city with some exceptional dining experiences. The quality of the local produce is superb and if you are in the know you can dine like royalty. (read more...)

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Wine tasting in the Serranía de Ronda - Descalzos Viejos & La Melonera - Part II

In the previous post, ‘Wine tasting in the Serranía de Ronda - Descalzos Viejos & La Melonera – Part I’, the focus was on Descalzos Viejos, a small scale producer located on the very edge of Ronda’s gorge with a very artistic philosophy. This time we will be exploring a completely different, much larger producer in a fabulous, sprawling setting... (read more...)

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Wine tasting in the Serranía de Ronda - Descalzos Viejos & La Melonera - Part I

Enotourism in the Serranía de Ronda has really taken off in the past few years and for good reason: Wine tastings here are slow paced, intimate and memorable. Whilst this appellation may not compare to the best Priorat, Ribera del Duero and Rioja might have to offer, there are some really interesting, complex and delicious wines on offer and the... (read more...)

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Going loco over De Locos Tapas

Ronda’s Barrio San Francisco has its own special flavour, perhaps because it is on the edge of town surrounded by open countryside, it has an intimate, village feel and is incredibly laid back, even by Andalucian standards. This is where you will find two of the best restaurants in town opposite crumbling buildings that leave gaps between the whitewashed houses. (read more...)

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Discovering the Serranía de Ronda by 4 x 4

I thought I knew what the Serranía de Ronda had to offer; majestic mountains, white villages gripping to limestone outcrops, vast groves of ancient olives and dense cork forests, circling griffon vultures and views, incredible views. That was, until we had a jeep tour with Chris Mees at C more x 4. (read more...)

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