27.09.2010 - 30.09.2010
We Took a train from Granada south and west to Ronda. Ronda is a small city in a rural area, and is famous for it's bridge - Puente Nuevo (or New Bridge). We stayed right in the old city at Hotel Ronda. In Ronda we went into an old Arab bathhouse, and down into an abandoned mine which was also used as a fort. The mine went right down into the canyon where turquoise water of the river ran through. We also went down the other side of the mountain to look at the waterfall and river running under the New Bridge. On the way down, we saw a snake winding through some cool damp rocks. To get down to the water, you needed to climb down some rocks using a rope tied to a tree. Chris did it but Jade was too scared and wasn't able to reach the rocks with her foot. The next day we went for a walk out into the country side, which was hot, sunny, dry and hilly. The road ran along small farms and we were impressed by the very old looking olive trees. Spanish olive oil is top stuff. We enjoyed a nice vegetable paella, and Chris ate a bulls tail. Unfortuantely, we had a bit of a stressful time, when we found out about a national transportation strike and were refused tickets at the train station to get to Cordoba. So for a day, there was no way out of Ronda unless you had your own car. Luckily we were able to stay an extra night at Hotel Ronda and then make our way to Cordoba.