During the Fourth of July weekend, I decided to take a small day trip to 2 villages in Andalusia that I’ve been wanting to visit since we got here, Sentinel de las bodegas and Ronda. Sentinel de las bodegas is literally a village built into a mountain and Ronda is known for its enormous bridge and being the home of modern bullfighting. The trip was about half a day total with stopping and exploring and eventually ending in Marbella for the night. With its windy, treacherous mountain roads I explored a new side of Spain and the unique and memorable Villages of Sentinel de las bodegas and Ronda.
Sentinel de las bodegas
The village of Sentinel de las bodegas is a sight to behold in and of itself. The Tiny Village is Bilt literally into the side of a mountain and offers a variety of unique wineries (bodegas), food and local Artisan Goods. After some scary driving through some very narrow roads, I happened upon a parking structure near the center of the city which allowed me to park and explore. I spent about three hours exploring the city but wasn’t able to do as much as I wanted to because unlike like Rota, they very much do siesta and many shops and restaurants were closed. (I went around 2 p.m.)
Things to do in Sentinel de las bodegas:
- Calle Herrería, (located below the Arab fortress and leading to the central Plaza de Andalucía. )
- Torre del Homenaje
- Arab castle
- Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación
- Route of the White Villages in Cadiz
- Spanish holy week
After exploring Sentinel de las bodegas oh, I took a 30-minute drive down to Ronda. The drive was fairly easy as compared to the drive to Sentinel. At the advice of one of my friends, I parked behind the church in the parking structure listed below. It was the perfect spot because it was close to all the main attractions within the city and it was Secure. From there I headed out towards the center of the city to see the bridge that Ronda is most famous for. Along the way there is a small souvenir shop which if you go inside there is a perfect view of the Bridge through the window of the shop. From there I met up with a couple of friends and we had lunch at El Morabito. (Plaza de María Auxiliadora, 4, 29400 Ronda, Málaga, Spain). This small family-owned restaurant has a beautiful Terrace that overlooks the wide Valley and part of the bridge in Ronda. It is the perfect place for Tapas or a ice cold beverage during the hot summer months.
Things to do in Ronda:
- Puente Nuevo
- Bullring of the Royal Cavalry of Ronda
- Ronda Viewpoint
- Ronda’s Mondragon Palace
- Duchess of Parcent Square
- Bandit Museum
- Puerta De Almocabar and Arab Walls
- Arab Baths
- La Casa Del Rey Moro
- Plaza De Socorro
I definitely feel like I did not have enough time to explore and truly appreciate Ronda and Sentenil de las Bodegas. I recommend if you are planning on going to take at least a full day or several to truly explore everything these two villages have to offer. If possible I would recommend staying overnight in Ronda to get the full experience of this wonderful Andalusian villiage.