What to see & do

Apart from the famous Andalucian cities mentioned – all very worth a visit – There is Jerez de la Frontera with a tour of the famous Sherry Bodegas with tastings of course!    In the other direction is Antequera with fascinating Dolmen sites and the beautiful El Torcal….

Olvera itself has a multitude of restaurants and tapas bars as does neighbouring, very lively, Algondonales.    

The Via Verde [Green way] in Olvera is a famous old and disused [or actually never used] railway track which has been turned into a walking or cycling road of some 36 kilometres with wonderful views and a chance to visit the centre for the famous Griffon Vultures – the largest colony in western Europe. 

Algodonales is a centre for Parapenting [paragliding] activities including schools and an opportunity to book a taster trip if you have never done it before.

The National Park of Grazalema is some half an hour away with wonderful walks in the mountains……

And of course, Ronda with its fascinating gorge which divides the town into two, its old winding streets, modern pedestrian shopping street, copious places to eat, wonderful walks and the oldest bullring in Spain with a museum.

Or you can just stay home and have a complete rest in a tranquil and beautiful setting spotting the wonderful bird life.    Paqui Marquez could be tempted to prepare you a wonderful Arroz [Paella] on the premises which you can just enjoy or give a hand in the preparation!    Perhaps you might even like a taster few hours at the pottery of Artesanía del Prado with a chance to learn a little about the craft and this can be arranged with some notice.

Frank Hair arranges wonderful private birding days out including visiting Laguna Fuente de Piedra to see the second largest Flamingo population in Europe if it is the right time of the year.   Bicycles can be hired, and guided walks can be arranged.

Picture credits: Greater Flamingos – Dhaval Vargiya CC BY-SA 4.0, Ronda – TheBoxagon – public domain, Grazalema National Park – Heparina1985 CC BY-SA 4.0, Paella – Elizabeth Aylmer, all rights reserved, Via Verde – El Pantera CC BY-SA 4.0, Olvera – Tomas Fano CC BY-SA 2.0, Jerez Cathedral – Will CC BY-SA 2.0