We spent a lovely weekend in Estepona, an unusual choice perhaps,but we were looking for somewhere a bit different and off the tourist radar. The hotel Kempinski backs onto the beach and was a lovey place to stay. After a day out and about, it was great to come back to a relaxing spa treatment before leaving later in search of some local food.
The local people were very friendly and welcoming, the food in the local restaurants was amazing. We had seafood platters ladened down with everything you could wish for, fresh bread and olives, delicious tapas dishes and some very drinkable local wine.
On Saturday we had decided to visit Gibraltar and whether you agree or disagree with its’ownership, it is well worth a visit. We joined the long queue of traffic snaking out of Spain waiting to cross into Great Britain (weird) and once we found a car park we set off to epxlore.
The main shopping street was crowded, bustling with people looking for duty free bargains and there were loads to choose from, Cameras, wine, spirits, makeup, tobacco, electrical goods, practically everything you could think of.
We decided to leave the crowds and head off up the rock. Before we had gone too far, we found the Barbary Apes, or rather they found us! Stealing crisps and chocolate and running off with their prizes was quite good fun it seemed. The views from the rock were stunning and well worth the climb. If you don’t feel up to the long walk, you can take the cable car to the summit.
On Sunday, we were up early to go up to Ronda. It is short drive north of Marbella and we were last there about 15 years ago. I am glad to say that it was still as beautiful as I remembered it. The drive up to Ronda and view looking back down into the gorge, is incredibly hard to explain to anyone who hasn’t been there.
Ronda was one of the last Moorish cities to fall during the re-conquest of Spain by the Catholic Monarchs. In 1485, the Crusaders took one look up the cliffs and decided it would be impossible to attack, so they cut off the water supply instead. Once the garrison guarding the water was taken, the city fell in 7 days. The town is now a must on the tourist trail, but it is so worth the effort to go there. A truly wonderful place.