The Road to Ronda

20 November 2019

Our camera is not great, having been bought primarily to fit easily into Kate’s pouch and to meet her technical knowledge – so point-and-shoot. Which she does a lot. Taking photos from a moving vehicle on bumpy roads produce what you could call “mixed” results. Add to that the fact that today was another grey and sometimes wet day as we headed from Córdoba to Ronda, it was not good for photos. But one of the things we love about our travels is the changing scenery. Some people drive to get from A2B but we have always liked the road trip itself – provided motorways and traffic jams aren’t involved – and the scenery in Andalucia can be rewarding even on a bad day.

We drove down through Córdoba Province, through rolling hills with white villages on top amid a sea of olives, the valleys between filled with autumnal mist.

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Montilla, Córdoba Province

On into Seville Province where bare wheat-fields mixed with olives and the rain kicked up a broad band of orange earth against the sides of the van. Further on the Southern Highlands, Seville’s highest mountains reaching just over 1100 metres and gave us a nice, scenic drive, and we reflected on how different they would feel in the heights of summer.

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Southern Highlands of Seville Province

One of the things we have noticed across Europe is the sheer variety of roundabout decoration, so different from the sponsored plantings common in the UK, and Spain and Portugal have given us some great ones. They range from the naff and the quirky to professional-grade art and usually pass before the camera can be wielded. But not today, where the prize for best roundabout went to the one outside El Saucejo, a huge basket of olives celebrating the crop that sustains the town.

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Roundabout of the Day, El Saucejo

The rain stopped just before we reached Ronda and as we crossed it’s famous bridge heading for our campsite, a rainbow seemed to promise better weather.

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Ronda Rainbow