Another beautiful sunny day in Spain--we have been so lucky with blue skies almost every day this trip.
What a fun day we had today! We were up early, as we wanted to get an early start. Our plan was to hike down into the gorge, and we wanted to do that before it got too hot.
The start of the trail down into the gorge is just a couple of blocks from out apartment. We walked through the narrow streets--it was quiet, not many people up and about yet:
The first part of the trail was wide and "paved" with stones--pretty easy, although it was fairly steep and a little tough on my old knees.
We didn't go quite all the way down to the floor of the gorge--the trail was very steep and treacherous looking. We hiked back up about half way and took a trail in the opposite direction. There is still part of the old defensive wall along one section of the trail:
David hiked down to an area where there were some old arches, and some pretty views back to the bridge. It was a little too steep and rough for me:
One last selection of old wall and entrance. From here the trail switch backed down and out into the valley where there were several large homes, olive orchards and fields. We didn't walk all the way down--it was miles!
It was time to hike back up to the top--it was actually easier going up than coming down. I was definitely tired by the time we got back up to the top, it's a looong ways down there!
A coat of arms from the time of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabela, who lived here in the late 1400's.
The best part were the gardens. While not meticulously maintained, they were very pretty and peaceful:
After our time in the museum we stopped by our apartment to drop off our water bottles, and headed into town for some much needed lunch. We walked back over to the Plaza de Espana, we'd decided we'd really enjoy another meal of that delicious seafood salad that we had yesterday. But the restaurant was closed for a private party, darn it! So instead of cool, refreshing seafood salad we had pizza and pasta!
We did a little souvenir shopping on the way back "home", then had our usual siesta time. That's becoming a habit!
Today was our last day here in wonderful Ronda--we have really enjoyed this beautiful place. But it's time to move on. We're leaving tomorrow on the 8am train to Granada, where we'll have 3 days before moving on to Barcelona for 8 days. Then, sadly it will be time to head back to Spudville, and reality!