Mi Viaje a España y Portugal 2005 travel blog

Ronda, one of the White Hill towns

looking across the bridge toward the 'new town'

Ronda, looking across the gorge

looking down the valley from Arcos


mountains on the road through the hill towns

narrow streets of Arcos

main plaza at the top of Arcos

main plaza in Arcos

This morning we decided to leave Nerja after only 1 night and head to the white hill towns. We drove first to Ronda, which is literally perched on top of a cliff with a bridge spanning a gorge which separates the old Moorish town and the newer Christian town. It was pretty amazing. We had perfect weather, other than it being pretty darn cold up there. Blue skies, bright sun and clear, crisp air. We followed a very small winding road through the mountains to Grazalema and Zahara, 2 smaller towns. The drive was beautiful, passing through forests of cork trees and over deserted, rocky mountain tops before spending the night in Arcos, the largest hill town. It is also perched on top of a high rock, with some amazing views of the valley below. We drove up to the main plaza in the old part of town on a VERY narrrow and winding street that I am surprised cars are even allowed to drive up.

This was my least favorite of the hill towns, in fact, I really didn't care for it at all and I am not sure why, other than the fact it just gave me 'wierd feelings' as Stacy Earl would say. We arrived right at sunset to a spectacular orange sky. In retrospect, I would have rather stayed in either Grazalema or Zahara, both much smaller and quieter.

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