Around Ronda

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Look over there

Mirador over the Sierra de las Nieves

Near Ronda you can find the Sierra de las Nievas. A viewpoint allows you to look far away. There is also a statue of a father, pointing something out for his son. This inspired Leon to point this also out for Osama, our guinea pig (pretending him to have come with us).

Although Ronda itself is situated on the top of a mountain and known for its deep ravine, the surrounding area is surprisingly flat. Mostly you find hills, with olive and almond trees, and wheat fields. 

Walking towards the hidden church

Ronda, seen from the distance

Only if you get a bit further away from Ronda, you will find more desolate land, and an impressive number of natural parks, like the previously mentioned Sierra de las Nieves, the Serrania de Ronda and (a little bit further away) the Sierra de Grazalema and los Alcornocales (and perhaps there are even more).

You can see the hidden church from kilometers away

Outside Ronda is a Mozarabic church. Mozarabic means: it is a Christian church, built in the Moorish times. This church has later additions, like the white facade from 1999. It's called a "hidden" church. Of course, with the white facade, it's not hidden at all. You can easily see it from Ronda, a few kilometers away.

You can see Leon somewhere in the picture

Here you see Ronda from the ravine, about halfway to the bottom. The cliff seems to have a handle. It just looks like a tankard of beer, on which the city of Ronda is the froth.

A road in the valleys of Montejaque

A farmhouse in the middle of nowhere

A bit further to the southwest you find Montejaque, a small village surrounded by mountains and meadows. We walked here a couple of hours. Sometimes several cows stared at us, but that was about the only living animals we saw (apart from the flies). And then we saw some of these great birds of prey, circling in the sky. We think they are vultures, but we are not sure. But also without a name, it is magnificent to look at them.

Vulture (?)

Looking around, while waiting for the guide at the cave
Something we never saw before: prehistoric cave paintings. We have been in a lot of caves, but the ones with paintings always are closed when we are there, or you have to book a year in advance, or they are recently collapsed or something (just joking). The Cueva de la Pileta was open when we arrived, and there were not so many people that we were not allowed in. In every group, some people are asked to carry some of the lights, because there is no electricity in the cave. That means: not enough light for photo's, because flash of course is  not allowed. So we have no evidence that we really saw some horses and fork-men from 20,000 to 50,000 years ago.

The entrance to the cave

Cueva de la Pileta

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