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    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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  • 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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