Andalusia is famous and known for many things. We often hear that Andalusia recalls memories of the bright sunshine, stretches of beaches, coastal restaurants and houses with sea views. The other side of the coin is her countryside. Less in the spotlight, but shining as bright if not brighter! There is something about the unspoilt nature and serenity that makes the Andalusian countryside one of a kind. One of our personal favourite areas is the valley of Ronda all the way up to Grazalema Park. When you go inland you enter another holiday paradise. It is a dream holiday house location.
Royal terrain on the countryside
Ronda is known for its amazing architectural sites, the exquisite wineries and authentic cuisine. It is surrounded by beautiful spots that make the visit and the holiday worth the stay. Going past Ronda into the province of Cadiz, places like Setenil de las Bodegas, Alcalá del Valle and Olvera are prime examples for the beauty the countryside has to offer. They are villages that treasure the countryside lifestyle. Moreover, this area has been settled since prehistoric times. Thus, many civilisations have crossed and lived on this land! From Iberians, to Romans, Visigoths and Arabs. The villages that lay in the valley of Ronda show the way of life that once persisted in historic Andalusia. Many kings and emperors have left their mark through architecture, the names of villages and even through the activities of locals. One of our listings, namely the majestic hacienda palace, is situated on what used to be the land of a palace in Alcalá del Valle. It derives from the Arab word Al-Kalat, meaning castle. The property pictured below belonged to that estate that at the time measured thousands of hectares of land. As seen, the history and authenticity oozes from the Andalusian countryside.
A dream location to relax
Some people dream of busy beach clubs and modern cocktails. Others dream of quietude and local food. Both are to be found in Andalusia. However, the latter is embodied by the valley of Ronda. There are countless activities that make your holiday complete on the countryside. Horse riding with Osuna Turismo, site seeing at the Roman ruins of the Acipino, or visiting neolithic sites like the Cueva de la Pileta are only a few to name. Besides, there are excellent restaurants in the area that serve authentic dishes and paired wines from the area. The restaurant Meson sabor Andaluz in Alcalá de Valle is an excellent example. The current chef left his Michelin star career in Valencia to return to his home village and run his father’s restaurant. They star local top quality ingredients and have you taste Andalusia at its best!
Finding a holiday house on the countryside
A holiday house should be a place where you come together with friends and family, where you enjoy and relax to the fullest. In the valley of Ronda we have very unique properties that meet the ideal criteria of a holiday house. Think of an oasis of relaxation. A dream holiday house where you can go back to the basics, put your feet up and enjoy life in its simplest terms.
Do you feel like you want to get out of the hustle and bustle? Are you looking for a holiday home to connect with nature and family? And lastly, would you like a place where tranquility and space are the ground rules? Don’t hesitate to contact us to help you with your search! Send an email to email@example.com and we will be ready to help you find your dream holiday house.
Nienke Ernstsen | 19th February 2021