A welcome in the hillside

2 Apr

Now I’m obsessed with our French motorhome neighbours. They’re the cutest two couples with long-haired kids – all cotton fresh and outdoorsy – and a big olden days dog with a look on his face like “why is life so hard?”.

It’s kite surfing central here today with perfect sunny and windy conditions. Sadly I forgot to pack my wetsuit (ahem), we’re staying on nonetheless.

I’m really posting this though to show you some pics of Ronda – an appropriately rainy day a week or so ago (time flies) – and some other inland villages we visited to avoid the busy southern Costa’s. I’m normally ok with heights but the sheer drop on the edges of Ronda made me giddy – breathtaking.

On our way we stopped at Alora, where I asked a guardia if it was ok to pitch up in the town’s car park “no problema” (I wasn’t a girl guide but was born one), Ardales, Arcos de la Frontera – another ancient village on a steep hill – and a beautiful lush green natural park with a huge lake and an aqueduct – El Chorro – John was in his element.

Alora was also where I experienced a mini culture shock for the first time in Spain. It’s a pretty, albeit a little faded, working village, hardly touristy, set on a hill overlooking a stretch of valley and overlooked by a steep mountain with a cross on top. Exploring the narrow streets up to an ancient church we turned a corner into a large square, cars bumper to bumper, tiny kids weaving their bikes between them, groups of people of all ages standing, sitting on steps, chatting, drinking, chastising, laughing, dogs roaming around. A hive of laid back activity.

I’d just finished Laurie Lee’s A Rose for Winter, set in 1950s Andalusia, and had a feeling of the evenings he spent drinking wine in the plazas up in the hills, listening to guitars, whaling flamenco and women putting flowers in his wife’s hair.

That didn’t happen though. Hasta luego.












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