What an amazing day we had today! We slept in a bit and managed to leave the resort by 10:00 or so. On tap for today were visits to Setenil de las Bodegas and Ronda which are both "white towns" in the mountains of southwestern Andalucia. White towns are called that because most all of the building are whitewashed. I had read about Setenil online (you can google it for more info) - its claim to fame is that it is basically set into the side of the mountain, and many of the homes and shops are literally a part of the mountain. Check out the pictures which will explain this more.
We drove Opal into Setenil and parked alongside a wall high atop the city. Then we began to walk down, trying not to think that we would have to climb back up! Down we went, around sharp turns, down steep stairs and ramps, until we turned a corner and saw the first huge outcropping of rock covering the street! You can actually walk under the rock! We kept walking and came to a square - off to the left we saw a row of restaurants sitting under another large outcropping of rock - this is where we ate lunch. Eating outside under a rock gives a really unique perspective! Lots of people were out and about - tourists and locals alike - as it was a beautiful day with temps in the high 60s. We enjoyed a lunch of sliced Iberian ham and local cheeses, followed by cod croquettes which were absolutely wonderful. Then we continued our walk and took in the sights, easing our way up the hill towards Opal. Whew, what a climb! I think we burned off the lunch calories climbing back up the hill! This was a wonderful find - so glad we were able to vist! Enjoy the pictures - I'll write about Ronda in another post.