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On a trip to Bolonia near Tarifa


Details posted by Simon Baldwin-Purry




         You will recall that at a recent luncheon meeting we were

pleased to thank Jim Bray for his hard work in recent years in the capacity of Social Secretary, but understood that neither he nor anyone else really wanted to undertake the work of such in the coming year.


         As a result it was mooted that individual members might be willing to promote “one off” social events, notwithstanding that they might be less all embracing , in the sense that they might be only of interest to a smaller number of members (Perhaps having less to do with only filling ourselves up with food & drink).


         A few fellow members of the club, who are also members of a specialist luncheon club, The Codswallop Club, have been kind enough to propose that I invite members, on our joint behalf, to what, we believe, will prove an interesting adventure which few Probus members will have previously experienced.


         I refer to a self drive visit to Bolonia, off the main road a few kilometres past Tarifa (The most southerly town in Europe, as no doubt all of you know). There, right next to the sea, we shall find a very interesting and well laid out Museum &Baelo Claudia which is one of Andalucía’s most significant and well-preserved Roman archaeological sites.It was settled some 2000 years ago

At the time of Emperor Claudius the town is thought to  havebeen very prosperous, as it was a major port for Tangier in Mauretania Tingitana (now Morocco) and also supplied salted tuna fish, garum and other products to various other Roman cities along the coast.


         In fact, the city was so successful that it was granted the title of "municipium" by Emperor Claudius.

However, over the years the town declined, mainly as a result of several earthquakes, damage from which is evident in the ruins today. There were also problems with hordes of pirates, both Celtic and Barbary and the town was eventually abandoned in the 6th century.

Having done some exploring round the old town and the museum, for which there is no charge for Europeans, we propose to move on a little to the North West to Vejer de la Frontera, a super situation on the top of a tall hill, were we will wish to enjoy a really delicious luncheon at Corredera 55 Restaurant, which has wonderful views across the countryside from its outside terrace, and very good reviews on Trip advisor, if you should wish to check it out.


Ratings and reviews

4.5 657 reviews

#11 of 107 Restaurants in Vejer de la Frontera

Certificate of Excellence2017 - 2018 Winner


Food         5

Service     5

Value        4.5


         One could make the trip an overnighter for those who haven’t been away for sometime! Our proposed day is Tuesday 21st May and the next day.  The date has been changed as  many Hotels are fully booked for the previous week due to the Tuna catching festival on at nearby Zahara de los Atunes and Barbate.


         Please let me know if this appeals to you and your other half by the end of this month: and please ask me later if you have any special questions to ask.


 Simon Baldwin-Purry
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