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  • Great places to visit from Marbella – Setenil de Las Bodegas

    Setenil de las Bodegas

    This beautiful Andalusian village, with a population of about 3,000 inhabitants has been voted amongst the most beautiful places to visit in Europe.  It is a pretty whitewashed village built on both sides of the Rio Trejo within a dramatic gorge created by the river in years gone by.

    What makes Sentenil such a spectacular place to visit is the way past generations of the village have made their homes and livings in buildings built into the rock walls of the gorge.  Two areas are particularly striking to visit the Calles Cuevas del Sol and the Calle Cuevas del Sombre, which translate into the street of the caves in the sun and the street of the caves in the shade.

    Here there are numerous shops, restaurants and bars built under the dramatic overhanging rocks.  On the Calle Cuevas de Sombre the whole road is covered by the overhanging rocks creating the shade described in the street name. 

    Calle Jaboneria (named after the now closed soap factory) at the North of Calle Cueves del Sol offers a beautiful walk down beside the river, out of the village passing the local houses built into the rocks, with superb views of the village centre, it’s church and the 12th century castle.

    In the hilly town centre near the church there are beautiful plazas, such as the Plaza de Andalucia, with great bars and restaurants to visit while taking in the pretty village views.

    How to get to Setenil de las Bodegas from Marbella

    It is about a 90 minute drive from Marbella to Setenil, and it is simple to get to.  Head to Ronda (well worth a visit too) then continue round the new ring road before taking the road towards Campillos.  Shortly afterwards on the left you take the road to Arriate, pass through Arriate and you will find Setenil de las Bodegas.

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  • The Kings Walk at El Chorro

    The most exciting new attraction in Spain is now open and it’s just a 90 minute drive from Marbella!The Kings Walk at El Chorro Spain

    The Caminito del Rey, or as us English say it the Kings Walk in Andalucia is now open. Well the ‘new’ Kings Walk has now been re-opened is a little more accurate. The old Kings Walk fell into a state of bad disrepair many years ago and became known as the ‘World’s most dangerous walkway’. In recent years it has been closed to the public after several tragic deaths, only being used by daredevils and experienced climbers. 

    But its great news that, after a multi-million euro renovation, the new Kings Walk is now open. This is probably the biggest new attraction in Spain and possibly the best new natural attraction in Europe. It’s a breath-taking activity in an area of breath-taking beauty. 

    A must do activity, for those who love the great outdoors and adventure, when visiting Andalucia

    What is the Caminito del Rey?

    A wooden walkway, clinging to the near vertical cliff edges, over 100m above the bottom of a beautiful gorge, the Kings Walk is an amazing feat of engineering and a stunning high thrills way of seeing the Gorge. It is attached to the steep cliffs of the spectacular 700m deep Desfiladero de los Gaitanes gorge, which was carved by the river Guadalhorce and is only a dramatic 10 meters wide in places. 

    The walkway runs for 3km with the old ‘World’s Most Dangerous Walkway’ which has been left in place run close by. Taking a look at the old walkway you will understand why the vultures and eagles are circling overhead! 

    The new walkaway offers ‘most’ of the thrills of the old walkway without the life threatening element!

    Where is the new Kings Walk?

    The Kings Walk is located in the spectacular El Chorro area, just north of Alora and east of Ardales. It is about a 90 minute drive from Marbella. Head North from La Cañada past Ojen and Monda heading toward Alora or Ardales. Both routes offer beautiful scenery. The route from Ardales takes you past the lakes and the route via Alora takes you up the river valler alongside the old aquaducts. 

    This is an area I love to visit – see previous posts on this Blog about El Chorro. It’s a highly recommended day out.

    Things to do in El Chorro

    The Kings Walk at El ChorroThis area is a great playground for lovers of outdoor sports and activities. There are numerous climbing schools offering rock climbing in the area. The lakes are popular, especially in the summer months for swimming, kayaking and fishing. Locals dive and jump from the surrounding cliffs into the lake below. 

    Horse riding and mountain biking are also great activities in these spectacular surroundings.

    Caminito del Rey tickets?

    Tickets can be booked online from the website here, but a warning for those wanting to walk the walk as soon as possible. 

    Due to the expected huge demand, for such a great new activity and limited availability, it is currently fully booked for the first few months.

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  • 2012 MotoGP Jerez 27th to 29th April

    Just a quick post to remind visitors to Marbella and the Costa del Sol that the MotoGP is taking place this weekend up at Jerez.  Its a great opportunity to witness not only the worlds fastest motorcyclists in action, but also a truly magnificent Spanish event.  The Spaniards are fanatical about their bike racing, and there is a good chance Spanish riders will win all three classes in the races on Sunday.  Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa should both be fighting for the win in the main MotoGP Category on the new for 2012 1000cc bikes, having come 1st and 2nd respectively in the first race of the season last month in Qatar, and Marc Marquez will be right up their in the Moto2 race.  And in the new Moto3 category for 250cc four stroke singles, which replaces the old 125cc two stroke category Maverick Viñales (now there's a boy named to race!) is leading after the first round.MotoGp Testing and racing at Jerez de la Frontera

    Jerez Circuit is about a 90 minute drive from Marbella, west towards Gibraltar to Los Barios, north to Jerez and then follow the signs for Seville and you will see the track signposted just off the A4.

    Practice takes place Friday, with qualifying Saturday and the races on Sunday.  The atmosphere is amazing with over 100,000 excited fans cheering on the riders.  The majority of the crowd congregate on the bank around Angel Nieto corner in the 'Zoo'.  Get here early to get yourself somewhere to sit and enjoy the party!

    Make a weekend of it there are plenty of great things to do in Jerez, with horse shows, numerous Sherry bodegas to visit (try the cold dry Fino - superb) and other more extreme options!

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