Spain Part 3: Ronda and Costa del Sol

We were on our fifth city in Spain and you’d think I’ve had enough churros by then. Wrong. In Ronda (not the female version of a certain Celtics player), the churros are thicker, saltier, and they come in round stacks. They are called parros.

The people of Ronda are proud of these churros, and I spotted at least half a dozen churrerias (cafes selling churros) within 15 minutes of walking down one of the main streets. I also spotted a bunch of chocolaterias, ice cream stores, and small boutiques. It seems that the people of Ronda and I share the same priorities.

The hot chocolate at Ronda was much thicker than my favorite at San Gines in Madrid. It was less sweet, almost waxy. The parros were also much saltier, and even come with packets of sugar to sprinkle on top. I like salty-sweet so I enjoyed the aggressive tastes of the chocolate con parros.

Of course, we didn’t go to Ronda just to eat (although I’ve been known to take trips like that). What we really wanted to check out was Plaza de Toros, the oldest bullring in Spain.

In this picture of me and Fe, it looks like there is a small matador in the background. But unfortunately that was not a bullfighter. That was just a man carrying a red man purse (murse?).

It was the off-season so we didn’t get the chance to see a bullfight, but we did get to tour the actual bull ring as well as the museum connected to it.

There was a special place for medics, as well as a small chapel for the bullfighters, where they can pray before each fight.

Ronda is on a rocky plain that’s more than 700 meters above sea level, so not only did we get to enjoy cooler, more pleasant weather, we were also able to admire the views of the valley and the mountain ranges. I liked its small-city charm, and I also like its numerous shopping and food stores.

I bought these beautiful hand-crafted earrings from a jeweler whose family has been making fine jewelry for decades.

Did I eat jamon Iberico in Ronda? I did not. Shocker, I know. (But I did eat some for breakfast before leaving our hotel in Seville, thus reaching my quota of eating ham everyday.)

After spending a few hours in Ronda, we headed to Costa del Sol, where we stayed overnight.

It was HOT, HOT, HOT in Costa del Sol.

I’ve never been to a Miami beach but Fe said that Costa del Sol looks like Miami. Are there also topless sunbathers in Miami? There were a few at the Costa del Sol beach but I did not take pictures because 1) this is a family-friendly blog, and 2) I only creep on Spanish men, not topless women. (Whoo boy, let’s see how my SEO situation looks like after Google crawls this paragraph.)

It was at Costa del Sol that I had my first taste of fried boquerones (fresh white anchovies). These anchovies did not taste anything like the cured, salty anchovies that I normally eat. These were lighter, fleshier, and easy to eat by the plate-full.

Later on we saw that there were some restaurants grilling seafood outside, right by the beach, but we didn’t get to try those because we were too full.

And really, it has just been a few hours since we left Ronda, so I was also still digesting these parros.


25 Responses to “Spain Part 3: Ronda and Costa del Sol”

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    Sacha posted August 19, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Ooo, I drooled over the churros, but I think I’d like those parros even more! I love salty-sweet. Thanks for giving us a tour of Ronda and Costa del Sol today.

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    Rhonda posted August 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    considering my name I think I need to start eating more churros!! Great photos. Have a great week!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Hi Rhonda! Heehee yeah I was thinking of you when I wrote this!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted August 19, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    You’re killing me with the fried goodness dipped in chocolate. DROOL! Glad you had such a great trip :)

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    Kailey posted August 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Fried food + chocolate = WIN! Wow that looks so good :D

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    Megan posted August 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I really wanted to go to a bullfight when I went to Spain but it was off-season then too. The churros look amazing!

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    Kerstin posted August 19, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    The churro pictures are making my mouth water! Sounds like such an amazing trip!

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    Meghan posted August 20, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I can almost taste those parros! Your earrings are beautiful.

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 20, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Thank you! The ones on the left (rose gold) are for my mom. But “for my mom” means I get to borrow it hehehe

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    Daisy posted August 20, 2012 at 8:45 am

    this looks like so much fun! pretty cool that Ronda has their own version of churros. and those earings you found are beautiful!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks! I’ve been planning my outfits around the earrings lately haha

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    Ashley posted August 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    You’ve ignited a longing for churros (or parros, I’ll take either) in me! My favorite place had chocolate that was almost a pudding consistency. Whenever I travel, my mission is to taste chocolate and ice cream from every place I visit. It may not be the most accurate depiction of local cuisine, but it is the most delicious way to punctuate meals. Your trip to Spain looks fantastic!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      Hi Ashley! I love your mission of tasting chocolate and ice cream for every place you visit!

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    Molly Galler posted August 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Love love love these churros pictures AND your new bling!

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    Joanne posted August 21, 2012 at 6:55 am

    I truly wasn’t aware that one could EVER have enough churros! Glad you got your fill :) And I love those earrings!

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted August 21, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I tend to go for less sweet desserts, so I think I would love these parros!

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    Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings posted August 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Those new earrings – J’ADORE!!! Oops, wrong language! Mucho gusta?!? :) My Spanish is non-existent, but how do you say beautiful? Bella! Magnifique! Love your photos of Ronda and the Costa del Sol.

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    Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious posted August 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Ooohh, I love churros!! Looks like you have a delicious trip :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 22, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Thank you! It was a delicious trip!

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    Choc Chip Uru posted August 22, 2012 at 2:52 am

    All I see are churros, churros and more churros :D

    Choc Chip Uru

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    Erin posted August 23, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Love all of your Spain posts! Definitely has me dreaming of some travel. And some churros. :)

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    Honey What's Cooking posted August 27, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    the churro and hot chocolate look heavenly. costa del sol is gorgeous!

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    Patty posted August 22, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Very enjoyable read-thanks for sharing the fun stuff from your trip-now I’m going to be looking for churros and hot chocolate ;)

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 22, 2013 at 10:31 am

      Thanks, Patty. Have fun in Spain!

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