Ronda – Spain Points of Interest Video
Ronda is a mountaintop city in Spain’s Malaga province in Andalusia and located about 100 km west of the city of Málaga. Ronda is situated in a very mountainous area about 750 m above sea level. The Guadalevín River runs through the city, dividing it in two and carving out the steep, 100-plus-meter- deep El Tajo canyon upon which the city perches.
This town in the Málaga region sits on either side of the Tajo del Ronda, a narrow gorge more than 150 meters deep. Its old town has been declared Property of Cultural Interest. Celts, Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs all inhabited these lands, which were reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs.
Highlights of Ronda – Spain Points of Interest Video
- The civil architecture of Ronda is reflected in its ancestral homes and aristocratic small palaces. The palaces of Mondragón , the Marquis of Salvatierra and the House of the Moor are some of the delightful examples to be enjoyed.
- The Bandit Museum, the Hunting Museum and the Lara Museum are further attractions worth visiting on this side of the Tajo de Ronda.
- Ronda is also one of Spain’s oldest towns. Its existing old town, La Ciudad which was an important cultural center filled with mosques and palaces. Its wealth as a trading depot made it an attractive prospect for bandits and profiteers, and the town has a colorful and romantic past in Spanish folklore.
- There are three bridges that span the canyon: the Roman Bridge, the Arab Bridge and the New Bridge. The New Bridge is the tallest of the bridges above the canyon floor, and all three serve as some of the city’s most impressive features. The bridges are impressive feats of stonework with massive columns reaching down into the canyon, and with ornate roofs, giving the city the multicultural feel that its several conquerors brought with them.
- The old City Hall, now the Parador de Turismo, stands on top of the cliff and is an exceptional place to relax and take in the views.
- Tasty local recipes such as stewed partridge, roast kid, almond soup and the desserts, Ronda’s “yemas”, honey pancakes and almond cheese are some of the favorite dishes for you to try
- Viewpoint of the Catholic Monarchs, near the bullring are excellent spots to take in the landscape formed by the river Guadalevín.
- The Fiestas de Pedro Romero, with old-style bullfights and a flamenco festival are a major event, as are Holy Week, the festivals in memory of the Christian reconquest and the Pilgrimage of Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza.
- Ronda Mountains combine popular architecture with striking natural surroundings where the variety of vegetation makes for spectacular landscapes, such as the Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park, the Bermeja mountains or Sierra Crestellina hills.
- The ‘Corrida Goyesca’ is a unique and historical bullfight that takes place once a year in Ronda in the Plaza de toros de Ronda, the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain and is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.
- The partially intact Baños árabes (“Arab baths”) are found below the city and date back to the 13th and 14th centuries.
- Plaza del Socorro is the modern political center of Ronda where Blas Infante showed off the Andalusian flag and coat of arms for the first time in 1918. This is a charming corner of the town where tourists enjoy their lunch, without knowing that they are in the company of one of Andalucia’s most famous historical venues.
- The Palacio of the Marqués de Salvatierra opens irregularly as a small museum of Renaissance art and artefacts.
- The Casa del Rey Moro was built in the 18th Century, when Moorish Spain was already a distant memory. It has been designed by the French landscape gardener, Jean Claude Forestier, in 1912. But the house does incorporate one genuine and important relic of Ronda’s Moorish occupation – the so-called Water Mine.
- Ronda is home to Spain’s oldest bullfighting ring, and is a proud supporter of the sport.
- Ronda has attracted international artists and writers, such as David Wilkie, Alexandre Dumas, Rainer Maria Rilke, Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles.
- You can enjoy tasting the local cuisine of Ronda with hundreds of tapas bars, restaurants and bakeries.
Transportation of Ronda – Spain Points of Interest Video
- Ronda is accessible via highways and by rail from Algeciras and from Córdoba. A direct train from Madrid to Ronda operates twice daily.
- The single-track railway between Ronda and Algeciras was built between 1890 and 1892 by the Algeciras Gibraltar Railway Company. It enabled the British military officers to escape the summer heat of Gibraltar. The station at Ronda was opened in 1892.
The Aerial View of Ronda – Spain Points of Interest Video
You can see the breathtaking scenery of the conspicuous Ronda with the view of beautiful city and mountain range in the background. Around the city there are remains of the prehistoric settlements dating to the Neolithic Age.
Rocio is a very famous festival day with amazing parade in Ronda. This festival attracts a lot of tourists since 1960. It associates with Pedro Romero and the origins of bullfighting.
Three bridges, two historical sections of city and one giant canyon of Ronda – Spain Points of Interest make these spectacular places so mesmerizing that you will never forget.