Michelle, 23 years old, exchange student in Seville from the Netherlands tells about her trip…
Last Sunday I went on a trip to a little mountain town called Ronda, and another small village called Setenil with the company We Love Spain. I am not the kind of person who travels alone a lot of the time, but this time I decided to do a trip alone to meet other international students. I must admit, it is always a bit awkward in the beginning because I find it hard to talk to people I don’t know, but on this trip it was easy because everyone who joined was there with the same intention; having a great day and meeting other international people.
We started with a walking tour together with a guide from We Love Spain. The guide told us a lot of interesting information about the town. Ronda is one of the oldest towns in Spain and the name Ronda comes from the position of the town and the surrounding of the mountains. The most stunning part of the tour and town is definitely “El Puente Nuevo”. This is a bridge built at the end of the 18th century to bridge the gap between the old centre and new village centre. The best place to see the bridge is from underneath it, from Plaza de María Auxiliadora. There is a walking path down there and you will encounter several viewpoints from where you can get a fantastic view of Puente Nuevo. When I went to Ronda, it was a rainy day and the path was slippery. My tip: wear good shoes and be careful ☺! The tour with We Love Spain included a professional photographer who took amazing pictures of us. Afterwards, the pictures were already published on Facebook in the same week.
After the walking tour around Ronda we had some free time. I enjoyed my free time with some people I met on the tour. We started in a nice restaurant with tapas and some drinks which our tour guide recommended. After the restaurant, we walked around the city and bought some sweets in a little store. This store is famous for their sweets and without a doubt, they were delicious!
The division between the tour and free time was perfect. We had enough time for lunch and we saw all the highlights with the walking tour.
After the free time, we went back to the bus to go to Setenil de las Bodegas. This was a 45 minutes bus drive. In this time, I took a little ‘siesta’ to get some rest before going into town.
Setenil de las Bodegas is one of the small white villages in Cádiz. We started with a walking tour of around 45 minutes. This walking tour was shorter because it was a small village. It was absolutely worth a visit. The town had an authentic atmosphere and I loved the white houses and cave houses. Two of the main streets of Setenil are located on both sides of the river that crosses the town, the Guadalporcún. In this way, you will find the perfect spots to enjoy the view of the rocks. The streets are called ‘’Cuevas del Sol’’ and ‘’Cuevas de la Sombra’’ (caves of the sun and the caves of the shadow). They get their name to the phenomenon created by the rocks that lay like solid roofs over the streets. This prevents the sun from heating the Cuevas de las Sombra and you can even see stalactites appear during the cold winter season. The Cuevas del Sol, on the other hand, always enjoy the warm sunlight. After the walking tour, we had some free time again and we decided to eat Churros.
From Setenil it was a two-hour bus ride back to Seville. I enjoyed my day trip to Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas with We Love Spain and met some new international friends to hang out with back in Seville.