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Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Saturday morning in Sevilla

Saturday morning in Sevilla in the shadow of the Giralda Cathedral saw these two grooms carrying out running repairs. One is holding the hoof whilst the other swings a small hammer. In the background a driver is discussing prices with two prospective clients.

I took the Málaga Antequera route to Sevilla this time, just for a change. It's about 30 kms longer than the route through Los Barrios down in Cádiz but it's faster. I like to go one way to Sevilla and make the return journey on a different road. One of my favourite roadside ventas is about 50kms before Sevilla. The coffee and local olive oil on toast is to die for.

I was back in Sevilla and checking out the two big bus stations in Sevilla. I get quite a few enquiries about buses from Marbella or Malaga to Portugal and I wanted to sort a few things out although when the AVE (Spains high speed train) connects Sevilla with Malaga later this month and brings the journey time down to 50 minutes, the train will be a very good alternative to the bus for this stretch. If you are thinking of taking the bus from Sevilla to the Algarve check out the travel information about the Estacion Prado de San Sebastian and the Estacion de Plaza de Armas bus stations

For more destinations to the south of Seville, you'll travel out of the Prado de San Sebastian bus station next to the Tussam bus, tram and local bus transport interchange.

I love Sevilla on a Saturday. Smartly dressed Sevillanos proudly board their immaculate new trams and others sit in the sun all around the city sipping fino and eating tapas. They do it with such style as well!

I drove back via the historic city of Ronda and on the way checked out Zahara de la Sierra. It's a lovely little pueblo blanco (white village) about 19 kms before Ronda, about 16kms from Grazalema and is perched on a peak above a large lake. I'll definitely be spending more time there soon. I have passed it countless times but I'm really glad I had a look around.

By the way, if you thinking of taking the bus from the Costa del Sol to Sevilla, why don't you break your journey at the Ronda bus station and take a couple of hours to explore Ronda?

The hypermarket in Ronda on the bypass, just on the coast side of the railway line and close to Ronda train station is well worth stopping at for a coffee and some top up shopping before dropping down the coast.

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PS: You can now do online bus ticket reservations through the gomarbella reservation system.