The gorgeous white-washed village of Montejaque has Ronda and a national park on its doorstep. Here’s why I found it to be a great base for a holiday in Andalucia.
Montejaque sits way up in the mountains above Málaga and the resorts of the Costa del Sol. Past the beautiful crag-perched city of Ronda, it’s a pretty village perched on the edge of Grazalema National Park.
The National Park is a haven for walking, and is home to villages filled with white-washed buildings and geraniums.
Locals gabble away in stupifyingly fast Spanish in local bars that serve yummy tapas for a Euro, and more-than-palatable house red for two.
This part of Spain is a world away from the brashness of the Costas, where multi-millionaires languish in their hotel-sized yachts in Puerto Banus harbour, and do a second-gear shuffle down the Gucci-lined promenade in their Ferraris and Lamborginis.
Things to do near Montejaque
Ronda – a picture-postcard bullring and memorable vistas of the new bridge. It’s a mere 15 miles to Ronda.
Ubrique – with more leather shops than you could shake a stick at- handbag buying is obligatory!
Marbella/Puerto Banus – escape the worst of the brashness with a wonderful walk between these two towns. There’s free gym equipment en-route for the super-keen. Or just eat ice-cream 🙂
Grazalema National Park – stunning viewpoints, mountain walks around craggy peaks. Walks form the village are well signed.
Malaga – a great city to visit for a day or two. Two large hilltop citadels are ripe for exploring, along with a Picasso museum and some fine shopping streets.
Tips for travel in Montejaque
Getting there. You can fly into Málaga on the Costa del Sol. Car hire in this part of the world is great value, and it’s about a two-hour drive from Málaga airport. Expect it to be slow coming up the mountains from the coast – you’ll probably get stuck behind a lorry or three.
Food and drink in Montejaque. The village has a couple of bars on the main square, offering excellent value local tapas and wine (you can be well fed and quite drunk for less than 10 Euro). There are a couple of restaurants as well – La Casita was my favourite.
Accommodation in Montejaque. House rentals are a popular accommodation option. I stayed in this lovely little town house, which has a five-night minimum from £200.
Montejaque is a peaceful hideaway from the hustle and bustle of Ronda and the bright lights of the Costa del Sol. There’s also lots to do! Where else near Montejaque would you recommend visiting?