Day tripping Ronda, Andalucía, Spain, a travel blog in pictures,mainly!
If you are planning on travel to Andalucía and are staying in either Malaga, or Marbella for that matter, then at the very least a day trip to Ronda should be on your trip list. If you use the toll roads, as we did, from Malaga you can quite easily get there in about an hour and a half. Well worth the trip if the sun is shining and the sky blue. The old town is utterly charming with spectacular views. The City of Ronda is situated on two hills divided by a deep ravine (El Tajo de Ronda) containing the Grande River, which is an affluent of the Guadiaro River. The ravine is crossed by several bridges, notably an arch structure 300 feet (90 metres) high built in 1761. The town occupies the site of an ancient Iberian settlement and was known in Roman times as Acinipo. It was occupied by the Moors from the 8th to the 15th century, when it was reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, on May 20, 1485. Both Roman and Moorish remains survive, including a Roman theatre and an underground staircase (restored in 1911) built from the town to the river by the Moors to prevent water blockades in times of war. Spain’s oldest bullring, a stone Neoclassical structure (c. 1785), is also found in Ronda; it is now a museum.
There are well located metal street maps throughout the old town.
The city of Ronda is one of the oldest in Spain and occupies the site of an ancient Iberian settlement and known in Roman times as Acinipo.
CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Built in 1485 following the catholic monarch’s conquest of the city.
ARCH OF PHILIP V: Built on the site of the original Arab gate during the reign of Philip V in 1742.
ARAB WALLS AND CITY GATES: The location of Ronda at the top of a rocky hill gave the city its strong strategic, as well as defensive, value. The Medina was located here during the Arab age, with well-defined city limits drawn on one side, by the natural border given by gorge, by the Guadalevin river, and on the other side by the city walls.
An abundant crop of Lemons, colorful and charming.
A view of the city from the old Arab walls
View in the distance of the Church of The Holy Spirit, Ronda.
The old town of Ronda is full of charming whitewashed houses set along cobble stone streets.
ANA AMAYA MOLINA: Famous flamenco dancer and guitarist born in Ronda on the 27th of September 1885. She is also known as Aniya La Gitana
CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA LA MAYOR: Spire of the Gothic style church dating from the 17th century and reputed to be one of the most important in Ronda.
GORGE OF RONDA:
Viewing platform over the Gorge of Ronda.
THE NEW BRIDGE: This is classed as the new bridge even though it was built from 1751 and completed in 1793 as the original bridge built in around 1735 collapsed killing 50 people.
Pretty as a picture, house set in fields of the Gorge below.
BULLRING: The historic bullring took six years to complete, and opened in 1785,
One fascinating fact I learned about Ronda: The ashes of Orson Wells (One of my filmic heroes) were placed at his own request, in the country estate of a close friend in Ronda, Spain.
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