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Seniors Explore the “Cliffcity” of Ronda

In one of the many travel brochures I receive weekly I came across a travel destination for senior tourists, Ronda in southern Spain.  I have been to Spain and loved the southern coast but did not come close to Ronda.

I discovered it to be one neat spot with lots to see and do and the location is awesome as the link above shows. Kinda reminded me of my trip to Corsica and Bonifacio, a medieval citadel,  that lies up high on the coast of the Mediterranean.  This is why Ronda is classified  as a “Cliffside City.

Ronda, located about 100 kilometers (62 mi) west of the city of Málaga in Andalusia has a population of approximately 35,000 inhabitants. Wikipedia will explain best of all the many aspects of Ronda including a fascinating history. The main attractions include the three bridges that span the canyon.

The Puente Nuevo is the tallest of the bridges, towering 120 meters (390 ft) above the canyon floor, and all three serve as some of the city’s most impressive features. The term “nuevo” is a bit of a misnomer… the building of this bridge commenced in 1751 and took until 1793 to complete. Because of the high cliffs, Ronda was one of the last Moorish cities to fall during the Reconquest of Spain by the Catholic monarchs.

Seniors Like Lovely and Historic

TripAdvisor recommends 20 sites seniors will not want to miss that include the Puente Nuevo Bridge and El Tajo, considered the #1 site in Ronda. The Guadalquivir River runs through the city, dividing it in two and carving out the steep, 100 plus meters deep El Tajo canyon upon which the city perches.

I know from those who spent time there like Hemingway and Orson Welles that it had something special going for it.  Seniors travelers will find that Ronda (Suerte Natural) is a small town, easily navigable on foot. A “must” is a walk to the bottom of the gorge where you’ll get the best photo shots.

On a map of Spain I counted over six major roads that lead into Ronda. It’s said to be the fastest growing city in Spain and one of the loveliest and most historic towns in the country. It is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views and is also famous as the birthplace of modern bullfighting.

I found a useful Ronda City Guide that has it all together for senior visitors. It is also close to Marbella and you will not want to miss this city, one my wife and I found it to be pleasant and inviting… a great place to have a cold drink and just to watch people and the many boats that pass nearby. Enjoy your time in in a cliffside city.  jeb



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Seniors Romp on Formentera

TripAdvisor recently noted the 25 most beautiful beaches in the world. Playa de see Illetes rated among the best.  These visitors loved the beaches and the crystal water that accompany the island of Formentera.  It’s where senior citizen travelers can romp on a world class beach.

Illetes,once a quiet, beautiful, mostly naturist beach, is very busy in August but  a few meters across the peninsula is another  beautiful beach of Llevan. Naturism is accepted everywhere and there is a healthy mixture of people with and without clothes on the beaches of the Spanish Mediterranean.

For years, Formentera was known as the “forgotten Balearic.” The smallest island of the archipelago, it’s small…only 30-sq.-miles on a flat limestone plain. The Romans called it Frumentaria (meaning “wheat granary”) when they oversaw it as a booming little agricultural center. But that was then. Today Formentera is called “Ibiza’s chilled-out little sister.”

Senior Visitors Discover More Than Beaches

On Formentera you’ll discover more than beaches. TripAdvisor always finds plenty for senior travelers to see and do.  Such is the case in Formentera. Twenty-two fun activities will highlight your time spent there. Wondering where it’s located? Well it’s between Valencia and Palma de Mallorca. Does that help?  No. Here’s a map to pinpoint it for you and another with a super overhead interactive map with a great satellite view.

Run through the listing of popular attractions and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect on the island. Formentera is only a one-hour ferry ride from Ibiza, or 25 minutes on the jet ferry. This YouTube video provides an overview of the awesome water, beaches, boats and more. You’ll see why it’s noted as a “Piece of Paradise on Earth.” Why not add it to your travel “bucket list?”

Here’s another short video to introduce you to Formentera. Another URL highlights the Ten Best Beaches in Spain and guess which on comes up #1? Condé Nast Traveller will take you on a photo tour of 15 beautiful sites.

The NY Times calls Formentera a “Quiet Place to Recuperate,” so keep that in mind if you’ll looking for some relaxation. I depart with a well-done Insider’s Guide to Formentera that will find beds, beaches and tables for you to consider. Looks like fun to me.  Enjoy the Balearics. jeb

Filed under : Adventure Travel, Europe


Seniors Say “Hola” to La Rioja and Its Spanish Wines

Senior oenophiles will enjoy touring this region in northern Spain and sampling the many fine wines of the area. This area of Spain has over 500 wineries and is internationally famous for the quality of its wines.

La Rioja is located in the Basque Region of Spain. Senior visitors will want to take in the Ebro Valley as well as the famous route of St. James. La Rioja is quite a sight on a sunny day. And there are plenty of sunny days: summer temperatures rise sky-high in this quiet, out-of-the-way provincial capital. World Atlas will “pin point” if for you.

Plenty for Seniors To See and Do

La Rioja is both a province and an autonomous region located in the North of Spain. The capital of La Rioja is Logroño. And history… the entire area is historic, however today it’s most famous for its many wineries. I enjoy reading wine labels. Take a closer look at a few of these. The NY Times likes it too. TripAdvisor takes a closer look at La Rioja and lists top rated hotels, restaurants and destinations.

Don’t let its size fool you; Spain‘s smallest province makes a big name for itself with spectacular scenery as well as its wine. Healing thermal baths and rugged mountain trails, provide the perfect getaway for the senior traveler.

Active seniors can find adventures skiing, biking or white-water rafting, while the more sedate will find a peaceful respite sipping wine in the lush vineyards, or walking the famous pilgrims’ trail to Santiago.  La Rioja rates high with senior visitors and I understand why after seeing these multitude of images.

Logroño Attracts Senior History Buffs

Logroño is a city rich in history and traditions which have been preserved since the Middle Ages. The Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago de Compostela made this one of the most important towns on the route, leaving an interesting monumental legacy closely linked to the traditional passing of the pilgrims.

What a neat photo of San Milan de la Cogolia called the birthplace Spanish language.  If you do not know what a “parador” is, learn about them prior to a visit to Spain.   They are all over Spain and those folks who have stayed in a parador find them especially memorable. The Parador de Calahorra in Calahorra in La Rioja awaits your visit.

Let me set you up with a wine tour. There are various types and experiences and you’ll surely find one to your liking. Fodors will fill in a lot of blanks as well as Lonely Planet. They will get senior travelers right into the heart of the province via rail

Are you a dyed in the wool explorer?  Good.  Then explore here and check out these multiple videos.

Seen enough of La Rioja?  It’s on my “bucket list”. My bucket list is long as you will see on my travel websites. jeb

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