• Birdwatcher´s Report

    I received this recent report from an enthusiastic and knowledgeable birdwatcher which describes well a birder´s experience in Cartajima. Jonathan wrote: Situated effectively at the treeline level, between sweet chestnut and oak woodlands with some olive and almond groves below,…

  • Walking near Ronda

    We just discovered a walk near Ronda that we have overlooked for too long. Called in Spanish Tajo del Abanico or the Fan Gorge, it is just on the outskirts of Ronda and is an amazing walking experience. There is…

  • New restaurant Serrania de Ronda

    What else can one do on a dreary November Sunday but go out for lunch with a good bottle of red. But where to go. We ran through our favourite places but nothing appealed. It was beginning to look as…

  • All about almonds

    This blogpost will be of interest to lovers of: almonds, food anthropology, and etymology. The almonds are just out in the Alto Genal valley, their gentle white and pink flowers contrasting sharply with the wiry bare branches of the figtrees….

  • A day with Peter Jones famous ornithologist

    There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing about with Peter Jones. A day in the company of this (in)famous research biologist is entertaining and informative. If you are just a dabbler with birds, you…

  • Update on the Green Rocks of Ronda blog

    New insights into the rocks of Ronda Serrania! Not only are they aesthetically pleasing being of a delightful greenish hue which blends charmingly with the pine trees as one drives up from the coast (see Previous blog for details) but…

  • Sierra de la Nieves

    A walk with rocks in the Sierra de las Nieves With the help of Google Earth, we cobbled together a stunning hike in the nearby Parque Natural Sierra de las Nieves. It is a walk with much to offer from…

  • The Rocky Road to Ronda

    When next you drive the spectacular mountain road from San Pedro de Alcántara to Ronda, check out the rocks on the right hand side of the road. Best to have a designated driver for this investigation so as to avoid…

  • Where is Ronda

    My Internet spooks inform me that “Where is Ronda?” is a question frequently asked of Google.  I can answer this question definitively and extensively, thus crowning myself with fame and glory. Ronda is located on latitude: 36° 43′ 60 N…