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Pueblos Blancos trip.

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I have been staying several days in Ronda with an exhibition of my paintings, and have had the chance to make some trips. The weather was fine, sunny but a little windy. Though during the day is hot in the sun (not so much in the shade), at night it freezes, so beware.
1: Ronda to Arcos and back.
One day I took the Ronda to Jerez road. Exit from Ronda has big zigzags, but soon the road is ok for 90-100 km/h. There are impressive sights, but almost no space to stop, a narrow curb most of the way. Soon you find to the left the detour to Benaoján and Cueva de la Pileta, worth a visit but you need to get the details at www.cuevadelapileta.org
At about 20 min. you find on the left the detour to Grazalema, we’ll talk of this further on. You continue towards Algodonales, pass two exits for Zahara, to disregard. Passing Algodonales (the main road does not cross the town) you find another exit for Zahara, which is the one to take, but on the way back. Now the landscape changes from Sierra with pines and oaks to flatter and featureless. Pass Villamartín and arrive in Bornos. Here I discovered a gem. Go into the town till you reach a building that resembles a castle, now park where you can. The main square is surrounded by a church, the town hall and the tourism office. Go into this, it is an old palace really worth the visit. Houses several town hall offices, and it is free. Do not miss going up the tower with a great view of the town and the reservoir in the distance. A beautiful courtyard that’s being restored, and a very nice garden where you can idle. Little more has this town to offer, another palace is closed for restorations, and I sadly have to not recomend walking the streets as the results of modernisation are obvious: most of the wooden doors have been changed for metallic ones, air conditioners on roofs and so on. Besides, I could only find a bar nearby, and I don’t recommend it. For toilet facilities, ask the man at the tourist office, I presume there are in the building but forgot to ask.
Continue your drive to Arcos de la Frontera, about 15 mins. away. This town has grown a lot since my last visit, there is an entrance to “Arcos east” which I took and got very lost. In the end, I recommend skipping it, continue to Jerez and take the second entrance, that takes you right to the main high square (follow the Parador signs) with the balcony and a view to gasp. Streets are narrow, and getting here can be tricky if you drive a big car, (a station wagon), but if not, there’ll be no problem. Several posibilities for lunch, all very near: Restaurant Marques de Torresoto; the restaurant of Hotel el Convento, and the rest. at the Parador, more pricey.
You can exit town and cross iron bridge of San Miguel (you can see it from the balcony), turn right and drive along the base of the cliff towards several roundabouts until the road to Paterna, take it for a couple of kms and turn back for a great view of the town. There are some places to stop. Now is time to drive back to Ronda from the same roundabout you just took. It is a 90 min. drive non stop, but upon reaching the Zahara detour at Algodonales, I rec to take it: 9 km to the town, but first you reach the dam, you can stop there, there is no traffic, and take photos. The town looks better in the afternoon light. Now you can continue to the town, visiting or not, and follow the road to Grazalema. It goes by the reservoir and lets you go back to the main road or go to Grazalema; Or you can backtrack to Algodonales. Upon crossing a bridge there is a sign that’ll take you to the town only; if you want to get to the main road, skip it. Near Ronda you have a nice view of the city, and there is a space to park on the right.

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