Day 196: Ronda –to Arcos de la Frontera

Sunday October 16, 2005, 93 km (58 miles) – Total so far: 12,079 km (7,506 miles)

Today we left the mountains of Andalucía and headed for Seville. We really liked Ronda – so glad we discovered it.

Arcos is unusual as it’s built on the side of a high cliff and has some fantastic views across wide valleys from both sides of the town. It’s not as touristy as Ronda but is still very charming.

We’ve found a really good hostel here. €€30 buys an attractively decorated room, en-suite shower and toilet, TV and air-con – very good value.

The view of the mountains from Ronda

The view of the mountains from Ronda

We had a great descent on a brand new road to the valley below Ronda

We had a great descent on a brand new road to the valley below Ronda

Morning coffee break, we also picked up some mineral water for our bottles, most Spanish tap water tastes very strongly of chlorine

Morning coffee break, we also picked up some mineral water for our bottles, most Spanish tap water tastes very strongly of chlorine

Olive groves and mountains, typical Andalucían countryside

Olive groves and mountains, typical Andalucían countryside

Arcos de la Frontera was declared a national historic-artistic monument in 1962 in recognition of its exceptional architecture

Arcos de la Frontera was declared a national historic-artistic monument in 1962 in recognition of its exceptional architecture

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