Queen Victoria made a lot of railroads – and one of the most picturesque is in Spain. What happened was this: Queen Victoria wanted to see Ronda, but the roads were not safe (banditos and such) So she sent engineers and commissioned a railway to be built from Gibralter to Ronda. It’s still in use today, and what is charming (besides the conductors in their red hats) are the stations – all Victorian style with the added touch of Spanish cafés and flowers.
We took the train from Gaucin and went up the mountains to a small town ( Benaoján) where we got out, had lunch, and took a walk. A lovely day!
The train tickets cost 2 euros for a two-way trip. The coach was modern and comfortable. The Gaucin train station is in the valley, and the drive down from Gaucin is spectacular. (Check your brakes before you start down the winding road…)


The views from the train were beautiful – tall mountains, steep gorges, cliffs, plains, and groves of cork oak and olive trees.


The stations are all painted white and ochre – the yellow ochre is famous and is called ‘Ronda Yellow’. There is usually a small café tagged on to the station, where you can get a cold drink and relax in the shade.

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