Do you want to go on a city trip to Spain? Go to romantic Ronda in Andalusia!

Ronda, one of the oldest cities in Spain, is about 100 kilometers from Malaga. The atmosphere is nice and laidback, offers spectacular views thanks to its location on a 120-meter deep gorge and is one of the main reasons why you should visit the Spanish province of Andalusia.

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You don’t want to miss these things when you go on a city trip to Ronda in Andalusia

The start of your city trip in Ronda: Puente Nuevo

Puente Nuevo in Ronda Spain

The city grew up under the Romans and Moors – just like the rest of Andalusia – and you can feel that history everywhere in this city inhabited by 36,000 people. Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles had their summer getaways there. One of the attractions is the Puente Nuevo, a stone bridge that spans the Tajo de Ronda gorge with the Guadalevin river as one of three bridges. The bridge connects the north of the city – with slightly less interesting sights – with the old, southern part. It is also a great starting point for exploring the city.

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To the deepest gorge in Andalusia via Case del Moro

The first stop is Casa del Rey Moro, named after the Moorish king who never lived there, as it was built in the 18th century, long after the Moors left Spain. It also has a Moorish garden, created in 1912. What makes this building so special is the water mine underneath the building, built by the Moorish king when Ronda was under attack.

In the water mine you descend about 300 steps through dark corridors and rooms, including the Sala de Secretos. This space works like a whisper gallery, like you can find in St Pauls Cathedral in London. If you talk to someone across the room from one side of the room, they will hear you perfectly, while someone in the middle of the room will not understand what is being said. Try it out for yourself!

When you are (finally) down, you suddenly find yourself at the bottom of the big gorge that you looked into before. Birds fly up and down between the rocks and the blue-green water of the river gently ripples through the gorge. There is an almost serene silence. Then you can go up all 300 steps to return to the Casa del Rey Moro – the only entrance and exit.

Jardines de Cuenca

When you cross the Puento Viejo – you can actually see the gardens from the Casa del Rey Moro – you can walk through the Jardines de Cuenca. From these gardens you can enjoy fantastic views of the gorge below and perhaps the best view of old Ronda. Now walk further into La Ciudad, back via the Puento Viejo.

Inquisition and witches in Museo de Lara

I always like the small, nondescript museums in cities like this, especially when there are crazy or eye-catching collections on display. That’s why I certainly didn’t skip Museo Lara. It is tucked away in the Palace of the Earl of the Bataan Islands and houses the collection of Juan Antonio Lara Jury. The collection consists of the most diverse objects, such as old watches, clocks, weapons and bullfighter memorabilia. But this museum is especially worthwhile because of the cellar. Here you will find exhibits about the Spanish Inquisition and witchcraft, instruments of torture and the most bizarre creatures, composed of several stuffed animals, which seem to have walked away from a Jeroen Bosch painting. A bat-headed tarantula, for example. Creepy!

City trip along city walls and romantic squares in Ronda

Continue your tour now to the Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, Ronda’s most beautiful and romantic square. It is quiet, green and there is a lot to see. Most notable building is the Iglesia de Santa Maria del Mayor, built on the ruins of a mosque. Moorish influences can still be seen in the architectural style. This square is especially magically beautiful at night.

For the next stop you have to walk a bit, to the Baños Arabas. You walk along the high walls of Ronda a bit down, just outside the city walls and arrive at the Arab bathhouse from the 12th century. This is one of the best preserved Arabian hammams in Spain. Here too you will of course find the recognizable Moorish style, with the star-shaped light and air holes in the domed ceilings as a highlight.

Ronda offers many more attractions, such as some museums and a bullfighting arena. But above all, Ronda offers the ultimate experience of Spain. It is beautiful every season, especially in the fall and spring, when the surrounding mountains are in bloom. You can fly for a few tens from Eindhoven Airport to Malaga; from there it is just over an hour and a half drive to what I think is one of the most beautiful historic towns in Europe.

Ronda at night

Tip: Make sure you book at least one overnight stay and wait until the large groups of tourists leave the city in the evening. Then peace returns to the city and it becomes a lovely, romantic and sleepy town. The tapas restaurants fill up with locals and the narrow streets in the old town are beautifully lit. Red wine in hand, a dish of tapas in front of you and enjoy. Romántico!

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Visiting Giethoorn: everything about the Venice of the Netherlands

One of the Netherlands’ most popular outings: Visit Giethoorn, a cozy water-rich town in the province of Overijssel. This small village is characterized by streams, bridges, and boats. Due to an overdose of tourists, even Dutch people know how to find this beautiful piece, Foreign tourists love to come here. These days Giethoorn is less crowded because there is less travel due to Corona. Giethoorn is a lot quieter than usual. Curious about the best way to visit Giethoorn? You can read it below!

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This is the best way to visit Giethoorn

tourists in whisper boat in Giethoorn Town in the Netherlands

The ultimate way to visit Giethoorn: with a whisper boat

This village is certainly unique. Giethoorn has no motorways around the waters: you can walk alone or move yourself via the water. And a visit to Giethoorn without having rented a boat … Well, have you really been to Giethoorn?

Sailing in Giethoorn

The best thing is really to explore with a whisper boat. And so we did! On the website of boat rental Giethoorn you get the offer of several landlords among themselves, I really like that! Then you immediately see what choices you have and which prices go with them. For example, some boats have cushions, other backrests, and it is of course just how many men you are on the road! That saves you searching because there are really quite a few landlords lurking.

This way you will find a nice route for your boat trip in Giethoorn

We rented a whisper boat for 3 hours and afterwards that was actually perfect. Our landlord gave us a nice route, which not only goes through the village, but also through the marshes and eventually ends at the Bovenwijde lake. And as soon as we left the village, we actually sailed alone: ​​what a wonderful peace! The assumption that you only sail in traffic jams in Giethoorn is therefore not true as far as I am concerned. It is a bit busier at the bridges, in the ‘village canal’. So you shouldn’t be in a hurry and be sure to count some extra time to sail back to your landlord from the lake. It seems a little bit, but the pace is a lot slower there. After all, not all of us have our boating license in our pocket! If you really want to avoid the crowds, go early in the morning or at the end of the day.

What else to do in Giethoorn?

With the boat you are therefore about 3 hours, but you certainly do not have to go home after that. We had a nice walk through the village and had a bite to eat. The houses are really cute to stroll along and there are also many shops and eateries hidden. So just take the time to enjoy yourself here when you visit Giethoorn!

Do you want to visit Giethoorn soon? A few practical tips:

We have not been stuck in a traffic jam towards Giethoorn and parking is cheap or even free! Enter Binnenpad 14 in your navigation and you will be guided to the spacious parking lot P1 where you pay € 4 per day. In cash, so make sure you have cash! Earlier along the Binnenpad you will also pass a free parking lot, P2. If there is room there, you can just stand there. Keep in mind that it is all narrow and that there are many walkers on the road on sunny days. So no rush! Furthermore, you do not have to pay an entrance fee for Giethoorn, unless of course you want to enter a museum or rent a boat.

Take some with you for the road

Since you are on the road for 3 hours on your boat, it is nice to have some goodies with you for the road. During your boat trip you actually only have one option to stop at a restaurant, so it is also smart to go to the bathroom in advance and not to drink too much on the way. We also brought a music box for some summer fun, but of course you can also just enjoy the peace and quiet around you.

Want to stay a night in Giethoorn?

There are also cozy hotels and B & Bs in Giethoorn, if you want to stay overnight you can book at:

Hotel Giethoorn on the Petersteeg 2
The Black Sheep Hostel (nice if you go with friends and budget proof)
Floating holiday home: Bed on a Boat
Beukers house
Or look for a beautiful nature house in Giethoorn

Ayutthaya: Tips for the ultimate bike & temple tour

Near Bangkok, we find the town of Ayutthaya. A town that was once a Thai kingdom and is still filled with numerous temples. These temples and the ruins are the main reason to go to Ayutthaya. You will find the beautiful temple Wat Mahathat where a Buddha head entwined in the branches of an old tree. But also a gigantic reclining Buddha that is sometimes covered with saffron-colored cloths.

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When you are in Ayutthaya, it is recommended to rent a bicycle. That way, you can visit most temples and ruins and enjoy all the beauty at your own pace. In addition, don’t forget to take enough breaks. For example, drink a fresh smoothie at a cozy restaurant or enjoy a plate of warm pad thai noodles.

For nice souvenirs, you have to go to the market and one thing that we advise against is taking a ride on an elephant. The animals here look unhappy, and they are not treated well. By not taking this kind of rides, you hopefully make sure that these practices are less common anywhere in the world.

Are you traveling to Thailand? You don’t want to miss these temples in Ayutthaya.

Ayutthaya is filled with temples. The temples you want to see are listed below for you:

Wat Lokaya Sutha

Wat Lokaya Sutha is the reclining Buddha of Ayutthaya. You can find this giant Buddha close to the Royal Palace. The reclining Buddha is about 37 meters long and even 8 meters high at the highest point. On some days, the Buddha is covered with an orange-colored cloth.

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Wat Chai Watthanaram

The large temple Wat Chai Watthanaram is also worth a visit. Some even call this the most beautiful temple of Ayutthaya. You will also find many Buddha statues here, and the temple is close to the river Menam.

Wat Phanan Choeng

In the Wat Phanan Choeng, you will encounter a large golden Buddha. The Buddha is located in a beautiful red and gold-colored room and is sometimes covered with orange colored cloths. In addition to the meters high Buddha, you will find more beautiful images here, so be sure to walk around.

Wat Mahathat

One of the highlights of Ayutthaya is the temple Wat Mahathat. This temple is not so much one time but is a very ruin complex where the real highlight consists of a large Buddha head. This Buddha’s head is entwined in the branches of a centuries-old tree, and this gives a more than special face.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet

The temple Wat Phra Si Sanphet is also recommended. These temples are especially beautiful because of the three large stupas that you find there that proudly rise.

Wat Phu Khao Thong

The grand Wat Phu Khao Thong temple is certainly one of the most beautiful temples in Ayutthaya. This temple is located a little further from the center of Ayutthaya but is well worth a visit. The temple was once gleaming white, but thanks to wind and weather, a greyish layer has been laid over it. Nevertheless, the temple is still very impressive, and if you want, you can even climb up.

Tips for cycling in Ayutthaya

You can simply rent your bicycle in Ayutthaya at your hostel, guesthouse or hotel, but it is also possible to join a guide. Then you immediately learn a lot more about all the ruins and temples that can be found there. You can book a bike tour via Withlocals; you will then go out with a local from Ayutthaya.

Nice hotels to sleep in Ayutthaya.

There are plenty of nice hotels in Ayutthaya; you can easily find the nicest hotels here.

Practical tip: Bring the right clothes if you want to visit many temples

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You should pay close attention to the clothes you put on when you are in Ayutthaya, as it is necessary to wear good covering clothes if you want to visit temples. Always make sure you wear something that covers your shoulders and knees.