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Andalusia

Grazalema - Ronda - Tarifa

Grazalema
Grazalema
After a fine breakfast we drive from Sevilla to the south, using the local roads. As I'm quite sleepy, Željka's driving in this hilly countryside, passing through small towns. In one of the towns we get stuck in a Gypsy procession: many people and donkeys everywhere! Somewhere at the end of one local road, near the city Grazalema, we find a small hotel in Gypsy style (it's the Gitanes hotel chain). We get a room with a nice view over the surrounding hills. As there is a small pool in the garden we decide to refresh ourselves in it. However, the water is freezing cold so we give up. After a brief siesta we go out to explore the region.
Ronda
Ronda
We drive to Ronda, a small town located on the top of a steep cliff, with an impressive stone bridge nearby. There are numerous tourist buses, souvenir shops and restaurants everywhere - this definitively is a big tourist destination in Andalusia. After Ronda the terrain is much less hilly. Approaching the sea we realize numerous British cars. Not a wonder, we're some 10 km from Gibraltar. We can see Moroccan hills on the African side of Gibraltar and numerous ships sailing through it.
Tarifa - the southernmost Spanish city
Tarifa - the southernmost Spanish city
We arrive in Tarifa, the southernmost Spanish city (it's even south of Gibraltar). Tarifa is surrounded with huge sandy beaches. We find a cute restaurant. I eat some very good fish and Željka gets the biggest salad we ever saw! After we somehow managed to eat all we got, we drive in direction of east. After Gibraltar we long the coast, but never actually see the sea, since between the road and the sea there is an uninterrupted line of huge concrete buildings (probably time-share apartments and similar stuff). After some 20 km of concrete we arrive to Marbella. Marbella is much more chic than its neighboring cities. We spot the castle belonging to the king of Saudi Arabia on an artificial hill. We drive through some skyscrapers and park among high-class hotels. We have a walk to the nearby yacht harbor where the biggest yacht, named "Pharaoh", is also waving the Saudi flag. Marbella is a very lively but also very expensive place. Late in the night we drive back to the hotel.
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