Olive Oil and Ronda

Sunday, 4 October, 2015

Today we start out by bus to two Olive Oil factories. At the first, Oleum Viride, we have a minimalist breakfast.

Home Baked Bread, Olive Oil and Jamon

Home Baked Bread, Olive Oil and Jamon

The Group, a beautiful day

The Group, a beautiful day

Looking towards Zahara de la Sierra.

Looking towards Zahara de la Sierra.

As well as Olive Oil, these people also organise bicycle tours. Hence, the bikes in the last picture. They take us on a tour of the facilities which seem to be quite modern. For some reason I only took one photo that worked out.

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Link to Oleum Veride

We then drive to another Olive Oil factory.

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Entering Molina El Vinculo

Entering Molina El Vinculo

It is a very old factory. We are given a tour by the owner, delightful Lady – picture later, and I take a couple of snaps.

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Mats placed between layers of olives before going into the press

Mats placed between layers of olives before going into the press

The beautiful lake and mountains in the background

The beautiful lake and mountains in the background

We go into the main shop / sales area. There is a “small snack” there, much more than the breakfast earlier.

Small snack???

Small snack???

The Owner and her Daughter - absolutely wonderful people

The Owner and her Daughter – absolutely wonderful people

The Shop part - note Tripadvisor rating  5

The Shop part – note Tripadvisor rating 5

As the blurb above shows, they also do accommodation and are rated 5 #2 of Specialty Lodging in Zahara de la Sierra.

One of two tables for our group

One of two tables for our group

The Second table

The Second table

Historic photos. One can find two with Orson Wells in them and 1 with Papa Hemingway

Historic photos. One can find two with Orson Wells in them and 1 with Papa Hemingway

Both olive oil places indicated that the price for olive oil had been dropping dramatically which made it hard to make a living purely on olive oil alone. Molino El Vinculo probably did better out of the tourist trade e.g. with the accommodation. If you are in the area, make a point to drop in and see them, they are very friendly and delightful people.

Link to Molino El Vinculo

We take the bus back to The Lodge where Frank has stayed back to make us a nice lunch by the pool.

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Observant readers may have noticed that Virginia and Anna were missing in this morning’s photos, along with Frank of course. They did this to provide Frank with assistance in preparing lunch which consisted of:

Killing a bottle of Rose and then opening another one

Killing a bottle of Rose and then opening another one

Sue and then Frank went for a swim and maybe others. The bus takes the Hotel group back to their Hotel and some are going to go into Ronda early. I find out, as she is leaving, that Julie is one of those going into town. We find out later that all of the group, except Julie, eventually came back to the Hotel but Julie pranced around Ronda all afternoon. The following are some of the photos that she took.

Looking down from the town to the people on the trail below

Looking down from the town to the people on the trail below

A small river at the bottom

A small river at the bottom

Crossing the new Bridge (more later) by Horse and Buggy

Crossing the new Bridge (more later) by Horse and Buggy

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Julie then entered a local museum and took lots of photos of all kinds of interesting things. However, this is designed to be a food and wine Blog so I will not include any. Refer to:

Link to Casa Palacio Museo Lara

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Lots of Towers attached to home in this town

Lots of Towers attached to home in this town

and again

and again

Julie then went to the Bullfighting Ring in Ronda

Julie then went to the Bullfighting Ring in Ronda

There was a museum there too but Julie said it wasn’t as good as the other one and I am not going to include any of the photos any way.

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The Bull Ring

The Bull Ring

another view of the Bull Ring

another view of the Bull Ring

A Bar. In the Bullfight arena?

A Bar. In the Bullfight arena?

Cakes

Cakes

How can anyone eat those big monsters?

How can anyone eat those big monsters?

Great story, one of the few instances in this world where common sense has prevailed.

Great story, one of the few instances in this world where common sense has prevailed.

Viva El Toro

Viva El Toro

Carving Jamon

Carving Jamon

Interesting kind of  Tapas

Interesting kind of Tapas

Meanwhile, back at The Lodge, we rested and then caught the bus to go into Ronda. We pick up the Hotel group and go in. I have been waiting a long time for this pun but “Help me Ronda, Help, Help me Ronda”.

The bus is not allowed to drive in the main town so we are dropped off at the bus station and then walk the rest of the way.

In Ronda

In Ronda

Outside the Bull Ring

Outside the Bull Ring

The Valley Below

The Valley Below

We finally meet up with Julie at the “New Bridge”.

The Puente Nuevo

The Puente Nuevo

Link to the History of the New Bridge

We walk around the old town for ages, looking primarily at doors and door knobs. Some of us were getting grumpy with Carlos as it was well past time for food and drink. We eventually get to our destination.

Entering Cafe Almocabar

Entering Cafe Almocabar

After what seemed like ages, our, remote, end of the table was served with a Rose. I think I would have to say the worst wine I have ever tasted. Ridiculously sweet and with an off putting flavour. It wasn’t off, just terrible. We send it back and get it replaced with:

This Dainty Bottle of Rose, Much better

This Dainty Bottle of Rose, Much better

Sue had to maintain that bottle of Rose for the evening.

A magnum of red did not hurt either

A magnum of red did not hurt either

Olive Oil with Black Salt Flakes

Olive Oil with Black Salt Flakes

Pate

Pate

Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad

Fish

Fish

Prawns in Batter

Prawns in Batter

Beef with Foie Gras

Beef with Foie Gras

Jamon, Cheese and Eggs with Truffles

Jamon, Cheese and Eggs with Truffles

Iberian Pork

Iberian Pork

Irish Coffee for Julie

Irish Coffee for Julie

The Bus Driver had to end his shift and so we were going to have to take a taxi back. Supposedly there was only one in town which probably meant 4 different trips spaced out over an hour or two. Fortunately, the restaurant was able to organise us a bus to take us all back in one trip. Much better. We collapsed for the night.

Link to Trip Advisor review of Cafe Alomcabar

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