Road-trip to Andalusia part 3



I first heard of, and saw pictures of Ronda back in Oregon while looking at properties in Spain. I found a cute flat in the town of Montejaque population 1,100. Every room had a stunning view looking out over the valley towards the mountains. The terrace looked over the sleepy town and Ronda, still a 45 minute drive away due to the winding mountain roads would have been our nearest and largest town. There is more to this story, and pictures of the town but first, lets get to Ronda. (If you are just now joining us you may want to begin the journey in Part 1 here )

So we left Granada in the early afternoon and made our way towards Ronda, about a 2 hour drive. The roads became more scenic though not the mountain roads we were expecting, more farm land and olive orchards. There were three possible campgrounds near Ronda and the first two we looked at were not so good. They were run down and not the type of place that would make you want to spend anytime in at all.

Our last and only other choice was Camping El Sur, a lovely spot run by a friendly French woman. This is the perfect place to stay if you are camping as it is walking distance into town. This is a big plus as, much like Granada the town is over run with tourists and parking is difficult.

Our spot at Camping El Sur

It was getting late so we once again went to the nearest market and pieced together dinner. Ronda could wait until tomorrow. We found a Pollo Asado. I have become a big fan of these rotisserie chickens. These are not the greasy tasteless birds you find in every grocery store back in America. The brine process must take 3 days alone making the meat tender and salty and they are usually packed with herbs, typically herbs de Provence.

Time to see Ronda

We got an early start but the crowds were already there. This trip has really made us appreciate Torrevieja. Though still very much a tourist destination the town retains a very local feel. Ronda, much like Granada is nuts. Tour buses and streets so crowded that you can not easily walk the town. We were very glad this was not where we chose to live.

But Ronda is stunning and that is why we are all here. The location can not be beat and it is truly worth spending a day or two here as you can see.

The views from town are everywhere. Enjoy.

It was time for lunch and being very much a tourist destination we were concerned. Always on a budget can be a good thing as it will force you to make that extra effort to find the small local places off the beaten path. But sometimes you want to play tourist and we found a restaurant with a location and a view that we had to try.

Where we had lunch

Unfortunate though we allowed our budget frugal selves to win out and we shared spaghetti off of the children’s menu. It was disgusting. The noodles were cooked perfectly al-dante but that is where it ends. The sauce was like something out of a jar, just tomatoes with a microscopic chunk of meat. The tables around us looked like they were enjoying themselves and their food looked decent, oh well. The view was amazing and of course the company was the best.

Ronda is pretty amazing and much like Granada deserves more time then we were able to give it. The next morning we took one more picture of the town and set off to explore the small towns of Andalusia. Read more at Road-trip to Andalusia part 4 here

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Tony and Terri-Lynn met in 1987 as teenagers. In 1991 they were married.  Tony has been a professional musician his entire life and spent the 90’s touring and releasing albums.  In 2001 the couple left the cities and moved to a small community on the Oregon coast. This is where they fell into television production and film making. In 2004 Makai Ohana Productions was founded and the couple produced advertising and creative content for hundreds of tourism related businesses and government entities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Realizing the industry was evolving towards the internet they re-branded the business in 2012 to Xplore Film.  This company would now be an international business producing films world wide as well as an NGO in West Africa where the couple provides clean water boreholes, scholarships and even a prosthetic hand project.

In 2018 Tony and Terri-Lynn with their dog Bisque Kitt packed the belongings they could carry on their backs and flew to Spain. They bought a home and planned to spend equal time between the two countries running the business.  Then Covid hit and the world closed.  By 2020 they realized Spain, and specifically Torrevieja was now home.  They bought a sailboat and started to create a life on the Costa Blanca of music, film, events and community.


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