Benalauría and the Serrania de Ronda
Experience the unique fusion of pristine nature and food for the soul at Villa Sila in Benalauría, a typical white village in the Serranía de Ronda, a small town in rural Andalucía, only one and a half hours from the Costa del Sol and Málaga airport. In the narrow cobbled streets lined with flower pots, you will always meet a friendly local on his way to a countryside vegetable garden or bringing home some fresh eggs from the chicken coop.
The town boasts three grocery shops with more than you will ever need, a bakery famous beyond the town borders, a bar at the plaza, a pharmacy, museum and a tiny, but unique wine tavern. Just off the main road there is a large municipal pool with a tavern offering views of Gibraltar and North Africa.
The Serranía de Ronda and the Genal Valley not only offer visitors unbeatable views but also a real multitude of activities including hiking, horse riding, via ferrata, guided tours, bird watching, river puddles, prehistoric caves and all this within reach of the typical white villages of the area, including the blue town “El Pueblo Pitufo” of Júzcar.
The nearby town of Ronda has many tourist attractions and for those who want to see something different, the Genalguacil village-museum is half an hour from Benalauría – a place full of live art, sculptures in the streets and surprises around every corner. For those who prefer the beach, the Costa del Sol is just 40 minutes away.
The town is beautiful, almost museum-like, and the walks around the area are gorgeous, especially the ones starting right at the front door.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES
Villa Sila is the ideal place to spend your vacation, ideally situated in the centre of the magic triangle of the popular tourist destinations Ronda, Seville, Cadiz and Malaga. From here plan your favourite day trip, relax after a day of hiking or go out to investigate the beautiful corners of Benalauría.
The area offers bars and restaurants within a short drive, offering typical Spanish food, fusion dishes as well as vegetarian options. When strolling through the streets of Benalauría, don’t miss out on its unique little winery.
For daily needs Benalauría offers three supermarkets, a century-old bakery with traditionally made bread from a wood oven and a pharmacy.
At the entrance of the village, you will find the municipal pool where guests of Villa Sila enjoy free entrance (ask Elizabeth). Enjoying the amazing views looking out towards Gibraltar, it is a great place to spend the hottest hours of the summer with its swimming pool and restaurant.
The Genal Valley offers countless possibilities of outdoor activities such as hiking, horse-riding, via ferratas, canyoning, birdwatching etc.
But the best thing about this white village is its people, always friendly, smiling and welcoming you with great affection.