…..The 3rd most visited city in Andalusia is the beautiful mountaintop city of Ronda.
It is set above a deep gorge called El Tajo which separates the 15th century New town from the old historical town.
The old town is bisected from the New town by a stone bridge known as the Puente Nuevo (New bridge) It offers amazing photo opportunities from all angles.
Modern Bullfighting originates in Ronda. The 18th century Bullring is now a museum and visitors are welcome to walk in the arena. Legendary bullfighter Pedro Romero from Ronda founded the style of bullfighting in which matadores fight bulls on foot rather than horseback. The bullring itself is one of the oldest in Spain.
Ronda has many attractions and it’s hard to see them all and appreciate them in one day.
Here are a few to look out for.
Balcony of Paseos – Walkways celebrating Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles.
Palacio de Mondraga – A tiny palace. Its best feature is the remaining water gardens. It has been heavily renovated and partly modernised.
Casa del Rey Moro – House of the Moorish King which incorporates an important relic or Ronda’s Moorish occupation – The Water Mine.
Iglesia del Espiritu Santo – An unofficial cathedral towering above the Almocabar Gate.
Convento de Santa Domingo – Built on Arabic foundations after the fall of Ronda.
Palacio del Marques Salvaterra – A small museum of renaissance art and artefacts.
Puente Viejo – The only thoroughfare until Puente Nuevo was completed.
Plaza Duquesa de Parcent – Leafy square full of monuments. A truly beautiful public space.
Just a few places to get you started on your tour of Ronda.
A walking tour takes about 2-3 hours. Probably not advisable in the hotter months of the year. Everything you need to see is within 200-300 metres of the Puente Nuevo.
Ideally to appreciate Ronda in all its historical glory you need to spend 2-3 days in the city.