Planning for trips closer to home this summer?

Some of us are “lucky enough” to live in areas of outstanding natural beauty close to all the holiday amenities anyone could ever need. (I like the word “lucky”… Seems the “harder” I “work” the “luckier” I get!) 🙂

Looking to the future as this coronavirus thing starts to settle down I guess that anyone in the holiday/tourism industry must now see that international tourism is finished for 2020 and probably won’t get started properly again untill the end of 2021 or even as far away as 2022.

But that doesn’t mean that we all roll over and cry ourselves to sleep! No matter where you live in the world, within a hundred kilometres there must be something of Interest? I mean, If you live in Málaga or Marbella then Ronda is easily within reach for a weekend visit yes?

In my opinion its up to us small businesses, local guides, hotels and other tourist related outfits to focus our advertising efforts towards local clients. (As I have always preached!) After all, a great part of the global economy does depend on tourism and local tourism could help to get us out of this coronavirus mess we seem to have found ourselves in.

And if you can get to Ronda then, of course Grazalema as well… You could visit the botanical gardens in the village of El Bosque for example…

What about a weekend getaway somewhere in the Sierra de Grazalema?

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45 days of lockdown in the Sierra de Grazalema

So, here we are at day 45 of quarantine lockdown in the Sierra de Grazalema, Spain. To be honest, for the family and I, it really isn’t too bad as we live in a house in the countryside 10 kilometres from Grazalema and we have about a hectare of land with vegetable gardens and plenty of space for the 3 children to play. I feel for the parents and kids stuck inside small apartments.

Grazalema so far has no cases of the dreaded virus along with other fairly isolated villages in the area such as Zahara de la Sierra, Villaluenga del Rosario and El Gastor. Ronda has had its share of suffering with over 100 registered infections and, sadly, 13 deaths but that is to be expected as the regional hospital is located here so infected people have arrived not just from the town of Ronda but, outlying villages as well. The nearby village of Ubrique has suffered with many people in an old peoples home becoming ill with the virus.

Tourism is effectively finished for the time being. Towns and villages normally bustling at this time of year are empty. The roads through the Sierra de Grazalema have hardly any vehicles on them and wildlife is quickly reclaiming its space.

I leave this post with a few pictures of the stunning views in the Sierra de Grazalema.

Fantastic week of blue skies and walking in Grazalema.

With day time temperatures exceeding 20 degrees , the brilliant blue skies and April sunshine, I have taken a welcome break from the computer and walking with anyone else and taken off to the hills on my own to discover more walks and wildlife in the Sierra de Grazalema. Although I love my job as a writer, web site manager, nature and walking guide it’s also really nice to get out in to the peace and tranquility of my adopted home mountains alone to think a bit and reflect on who I am and where I am going whilst taking in the beauty of my surroundings…

After some rain in March and April the Sierra de Grazalema is alive with stunning spring growth and the reservoir at Zahara de la Sierra is  full to brimming bringing much relief to many locals and visitors of the Sierra…

The Caminito del Rey, El Chorro and The Guadalhorce reservoirs

With the announcement of the opening of the infamous “Caminito del Rey” close to El Chorro in 2015 we decided to write about that as well. As usual the website is packed with information about the area to our usual high standards. Hotel booking in the area of El Chorro, the Guadalhorce reservoirs and the kings path walkway.

Three years has gone by and our site remains the number one  web site for information about the Caminito del Rey!

If you are planning to visit the area and want to walk the Caminito del Rey then be sure to read the information we have put together for you.

www.caminodelrey.es

Our website about the “City of Dreams” – Ronda in Andalusia.

A small city perched on a seemingly precarious platform of rock, Ronda is in fact an impregnable fortress only defeated in battle through trickery, and during the reconquest with modern (for the era) rock blasting cannons.

The mountains and valleys of the Serranía de Ronda are home to a tough breed of people, yet in Ronda these people are refined, some are gentry, some gypsies, others are just common folk, but all proudly call themselves Rondeños.

We are particularily proud of this website that receives over 50,000 visitors each month! Everything you need to find out about Ronda before and during your visit can be found here….

https://www.rondatoday.com/

Tourist Information Portal for the Sierra de Grazalema, The town of Ronda, Wildside Holidays and the Caminito del Rey.