After years of searching, we finally found our perfect home last year. We had focused our search on the Costa del Sol in Spain as it has one of the best climates in Europe, with some 330 days of sun a year. We love the country, the fresh air, the people, the beaches, the views all around. There is much to fall in love with on the Costa del Sol.
At first, we concentrated on homes on the beach. Like many others, we wanted to see and hear the waves of the Mediterranean as they lapped the shore. But we also were looking for a place filled with history and above all a place with views. We also wanted to experience the real Spain that you only get when you have traveled when you are in the interior of the country. We also wanted to find a year-round community. For all those reasons, we decided to refocus our search on Ronda, Spain. Ronda has so much to offer, not just its many restaurants of almost every possible cuisine possible, but also its fiestas, its picturesque countryside, and its long and fascinating history.
We believe that the house we finally found at the end of our long search has one of the most spectacular views anywhere in Europe. From the balconies on our top floor, to the large terrace on our home’s middle floor, and to the gardens that extend from our lowest floor, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Tajo (or gorge that begins in our backyard), the Guadalevín river at the bottom of the Tajo, the Puente Nuevo (the so-called ‘new bridge’ which is centuries old), the Castle of the Moorish King, the Church of the Holy Spirit (which was a mosque for many more centuries than it has been a church) as well as a panoramic view of the mountains that surround Ronda.
When the sun is sinking over and the air has become cool, we greatly enjoy sitting on our terrace and watching the migratory birds flying over the Tajo, the tourists from all over the world crossing the bridge and stopping to take pictures of what they see, including our house. We feel privileged to live where we do. We love our dream-like environment with such tranquility and such a feeling of becoming one with nature.
But, of course, there is more to do than just looking at the view. You can stroll down through twisting ancient streets in the ancient Arab medina. Or you can walk to the Alameda for a different set of breathtaking views. Or you can visit the many museums and ancient homes which are open to the public in Ronda. You can relax in a renown spa next to our town’s ancient Arab baths. If you are interested in archeology and human anthropology, you can explore the Cueva de la Pileta, one of Europe’s most extensive archeological sites for tracing the physical and cultural evolution of modern homo sapiens. You can also visit the nearby Roman amphitheater in the outskirts of our town. You can sample wine in the wine museum. There are art classes and language classes available throughout the year. You can hike and kayak.
When you walk around our town, you’ll be walking in the footsteps of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Ernest Hemingway, Orson Wells, Rainer Maria Rilke, James Joyce, Jorge Luis Borges, not to mention Michelle Obama and former prime minister David Cameron. Here Ernest Hemingway gathered material for Death in the Afternoon and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Here Rilke overcame writer’s block to go on to be one of the greatest poets in 20th century European literature. Goethe wrote that he stayed in a house on our street. No one knows which house he stayed in, but we’d like it was our house.
Though we’d recommend you spend most of your time here, Granada, Malaga, Seville, Cordoba, Madrid and Gibraltar are all only a
to four-hour train ride away. With a fast train, you can get to Barcelona in a few hours.