Beer and Tapas tour 2011 travel blog

View of bullring and Malaga from Gibralfaro

Spanish senoritas in Ronda

Couples parading at the Ronda Festival

Mini senors and senoritas on a float in Ronda

Nightscene at Ronda festival

The spectacular puente nuovo

14th century Arab baths

Fast cars and big boats at Marbella's ritzy Puerto Banus

This morning we picked up our hire car and we got an upgrade which is always nice. Brilliant Grae he's such a natural, gets into the opposite side of the car and drives a manual on the wrong side of the road in Spain. Bravo! We drove through Malaga's leafy boulevards up to the Castillo de Gibralfaro, a castle built in the 8th century and rebuilt in the 14 century by a Cordoban emir. The ramparts gave us sensational views down to port of Malaga. We ate lunch and drank sangria in the cool shade of the terrace.

In the afternoon we headed for the Costa del Sol and glitzy Marbella's Puerto Banus. The marina was full of million dollar yachts and the beautiful, genetically blessed people. We left Marbella's wedding cake resorts and headed up and inland to Ronda an hour away from the coast. It is the most dramatically sited of the pueblos blancos (white towns). It is situated on an inland plateau straddling both sides of the El Tago gorge. We were booked in at the Hotel Reina Victoria a charming hotel for only 70 euros a night including breakfast. Our room has a terrace which overlooks the countryside in the valley below.

The Ronda festival was on so we saw lots of senors and senoritas in Spanish dress as they paraded around town well into the night. After a wonderful alfresco dinner in one of the cobblestone lane ways we walked around the confetti littered streets and saw lots of little senor and senoritas who were probably ready for bed.

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