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Via Ronda or Antequera?

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Via Ronda or Antequera?

We will travel by rental car from Seville to Malaga (Benalmedena) on 2 June. Should we go via Antequera or Ronda?

Our hotel in Benalmedena is already booked for 2 nights, but we thought it would be nice to see one of these two towns for the day/afternoon on our way there. Maybe a good place to have lunch?

Any advice will be appreciated.

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1. Re: Via Ronda or Antequera?

Assuming that you are moving on after 2 days in Benalmádena and will not have time to see other places in Malaga or Cadiz Provinces, then I think you can consider driving south past Utrera on A-375 and head for the Sierra de Grazalema either going via Zahara de la Sierra or direct to Grazalema and take in the rugged hill scenery in these parts before visiting Ronda. You then have a choice of onward drive. Either down the A-397 which is the winding bendy road that is used to access the Costa del Sol and does have some far reaching views towards the Mediterranean as well as the famous Rock of Gibraltar. or to take the more gentle A-367 heading out of Ronda to the east and to join the road down towards Malaga before turning off on the newish A-7 direct to the Autovía del Mediterráneo and your destination. You can spend time en route and depending on your driving skills etc can take in some more "pueblos blancos" on the way. I do like the road which goes out of Zahara de la Sierra and crosses the highest road point in Cadiz Province called Puerto de Las Palomas before heading down to Grazalema using the CA-531. But as I say depends on your driving decisions. As lunch can go on until late in the day maybe stop for this in Ronda where you have a greater selection.

I assume that you are doing this on 2nd July by the way which is midweek.

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I would visit Antequera. The best restaurant there:

Arte de Cozina

Calle Calzada, 27-29.

Tel: 952-840-014

Web: http://artedecozina.com/

This restaurant opens for lunch at 1 pm. The style of the restaurant is rustic, but elegant. In the main dining room there is a very large fireplace. The tables are set with white tablecloths. The restaurant has recovered old traditional recipes and is a restaurant for gourmets. The menu is quite studied and entrees cost only 10 to 13 euros. As a starter the croquetas are very good, with 10 pieces, each one being different from the others. Service is very friendly and the waitress is very informative. This restaurant is located in the center of downtown and is a great place for lunch. Reservations are suggested because the place fills up, being probably the best restaurant downtown.

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3. Re: Via Ronda or Antequera?

Wow! Now my mouth is watering AND I'm seeing beautiful scenery on a "off-the-beaten-track" road... thank you Cadiz_Lover and BennyMalaga for both your suggestions. We're going to have a difficult choice to make. Will let you know after our trip.

And yes, we are visiting other destinations as well: 2 days in Barcelona, 3 in Vejer for my cousin's wedding!!, 2 in Seville and then the last 2 in Benalmadena.

Do you have a great gourmet restaurant with nice atmosphere to recommend in Seville BennyMalaga? We will be staying in the Hotel Casa 1800.

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