Historic Ronda, as featured by Michael Portillo in BBC's 'Great Continental Railway Journeys', is only 20 mins. away from this charming mountain village house. In the village, you can enjoy the best that Montejaque has to offer: a Carnival in February, Ferias (fairs) in May and August, a night walk in June, Tourism Days in September, Battle of the Bridge celebrations in October ... and more. Combine this entertainment with some of the best scenery, weather, walking, bird-watching, mountain-climbing, biking, kayaking and other outdoor opportunities/activities, and you'll have one of the best (and most affordable) holidays ever!
Our holiday home, 'Las Hormigas' is the ideal base from which to explore the surrounding areas ... from the historic town of Ronda (with its jaw-dropping-gorge) to the nearby towns of Grazalema and Zahara, where you can look down on the birds flying in the valley below you. Walkers can access at least 13 different routes from our front door; sun-worshippers can walk 10 minutes to a semi-private swimming pool with comfortable sunbeds and a playhouse for the children.
'Montexaquez' means 'lost mountain' ... come and find it!
ABOUT THE EMMETTS: If you look up the word ‘emmet’ in a (big) English dictionary, you’ll see its definition as:
1. Brit – an archaic or dialect word for ant; 2. Cornish dialect – a tourist or holiday-maker...
Las Hormigas is the name we chose for our house in Spain – after all, we are ‘The Emmetts’ (Kevin and Carolyn), and we hope you will decide to be a holiday-maker in our lovely village home.
We have lived in many countries (the UK, Canada, Indonesia, Botswana and South Africa). We’re seasoned travellers, so know what we want when we take a holiday from the pressures of our jobs: to ‘get away from it all’. We also want comfort, modern conveniences, and lots of bars and restaurants offering inexpensive local food and drink. This is what you’ll find in Las Hormigas and in Montejaque.
ABOUT LAS HORMIGAS: We bought ‘the house at the top of the village’ in 2003, and spent six weeks’ holiday there in the summer of 2004, to decide what renovations needed doing. The first decision was to upgrade the electricity supply and put lots of sockets in the kitchen – there were only two: one for the fridge and one for the stove. We also sacrificed an upstairs bedroom to put in a second bathroom and landing. We created an entrance hall from what used to be a utility room, and re-located the washing machine to the new bathroom. We removed one-third of the roof to expand what was a tiny roof terrace. When the dust had settled, we re-furnished Las Hormigas, and have spent many memorable holidays there (once for as long as six months).
UNIQUE BENEFITS OF LAS HORMIGAS: The views from our roof terrace are phenomenal. Everyone who visits tries to take one of those ‘panoramic’ shots, where you move your camera a fraction and click another shot, and then try to paste them all together. I don’t think anyone has yet been truly successful in capturing ‘the real thing’.
For me, ‘though, the biggest benefit is the recent installation of a dishwasher ... I am on holiday, after all! No more washing out the wok after a dinner of garlic stir-fried prawns (7.95€ a kilo from the Ronda supermarket). And we’ll even supply the dishwashing powder. Happy holidays!