With all the repairs completed and the boat systems put back together again we felt happy to leave Balvenie in Ocean Village at Marina Bay Marina in Gibraltar. We changed our original plans to hire a car for a couple of days after reading of the scenic train journey inland from Algeciras. After checking the timetables we voted to utilise public transport so we could both enjoy the scenery.
We passed small farm holdings, with cute bougainvillea covered stone houses built next to the river, colourful pots of geraniums surrounded inviting looking swimming pools, pockets of small vineyards and orchards were nestled in the grounds. This is one of the loveliest regions we have seen in our travels - and then we arrived in Ronda
Several friends had said “don’t miss Ronda”, we have been to several great Spanish towns, cities and cute little villages but Ronda was just something else. It is an absolute credit to everyone that lives and works there, the tourism department, the council, town planners and the mayor.
We went for an evening stroll, all the buildings, statues and bridges were very well spot lit, care and attention really has been taken to ensure maximum effect making sightseeing by night just as impressive as by day. We stopped for more tapas and a nightcap in a busy little lane filled with locals, before heading back to the hotel for a peaceful nights sleep.
We discovered the shady Plaza de Mondragón, surrounded by small museums, palaces and churches, its cobbled orange tree lined pavements again adding to the overall beauty. The tiny alleys leading off the square were full of whitewashed homes, window boxes with geraniums flowing down added vibrant colour and the most wonderful collection of heavily carved wooden doors completed the picture.