Travels in Spain: Gaucín, My new Favorite Place

This past Saturday I discovered what might become my favorite place in Spain so far: Gaucín.  Gau-huh?  Yeah, you’ve probably never heard of it.  It’s a teeny tiny town of about 2,000 people in the mountains, all whitewashed, on the road from Ronda to Gibraltar, the A369.  Apparently it used to be…

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the Ronda Chronicles: Palacio de Mondragon

To be added to the “Things to Do in Ronda” series: yesterday we went to the Palace of Mondragon, which, according to legend, was the palace of the son of Morocco’s sultan.  The last Arab governor, before the fall of Ronda in 1485, also lived here.  It’s an amazing building,…

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Ronda Explorations: Arab Baths and Roman Ruins

I posted last week about the history of Ronda, the town where I’m living right now, and how its history spans pre-Roman Celtic times, through Christians, Moors, and back to Catholic with the Reconquista.  Over the weekend I dove deeper into two of the epochs, Roman and Muslim.  After spending…

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Ronda: How one city is Celtic, Roman, Moorish and Christian all at the same time

Ronda is the closest big town to where we live, it’s where our Spanish school is located, and where we do most of our shopping (when we don’t want to make the drive to Little England aka Gibraltar).  It’s jam packed with history, and the architecture is a constant reminder that…

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