Without a doubt the most emblematic monument of the town of Ronda. When you think of Ronda what comes to mind is the bridge, the views offered. The fall is about 100 meters and the Tajo de Ronda passes underneath. It is a classic to take a photo of the bridge despite the difficulty of reflecting what is seen from there. The best views of the bridge are from the Gardens of Cuenca.
Ronda's origins go as far back as prehistory, and it's been in the hands of the Visigoths, Romans, Arabs, and Christians. The Tajo and Puente Nuevo are impressive, while the Interpretative Center was a bit dull for my tastes. It's worthwhile to hike down to the bottom to see the city from a different angle, although you should take care to wear proper footwear and be weary of slipping. Then you can stroll through the streets to the old stables which will surely transport you back in time. There are lots of museums and churches, and of course you must visit the late 18th century bullring famous for the Goyesca bullfights held there. I especially like Espinel St., a pedestrian-only street full of shops, and of course the fancy toy store with the Playmobile in the door. You can leave your car at the beginning of the pedestrian-only street in a private lot called Martinez Aistens and go down the street to the bullring and the Tajo. I also like the plaza around the town hall and the church that's there. All is quite close to the walls and the arc which marks the entrance to the town and the road which heads to the coast.
After a stroll through the streets of Ronda you get to this spectacular spot: El Tajo and the New Bridge. Ronda is perched above a deep gorge called El Tajo, a few hundred meters deep. The spectacular Puente Nuevo, from the 18th century, links the old town with the shopping area.
Opened in the May Fair 1785, it is one of the oldest and most beautiful in Spain. It is neoclassical and has an interesting cover of stonework. The seats are arranged over two levels and there are 136 overlapping smooth stone columns with 68 arches. The gable roof is covered with Arabic tiles. It can hold up to 6000 people and has one of the largest arenas in Spain (60 meters in diameter). Underneath the stands you will find the Bullfighting Museum of Ronda. The truth is that it is impressive to step into the arena of the square and make a full turn and imagine the stands full. Very nice, I recommend a visit. You may be interested to visit the bullring in Mijas.
During our visit to the town of Ronda we sat down to eat in a small little square next to the museum. The museum sign caught our attention and we decided a visit would be interesting. It was. They have everything from pocket watches and fans to navigational instruments, weapons, instruments of torture and archaeological remains. Furthermore, they let you take photos and audio guides are available. Admission is cheap (4 €) and if you go in groups of more than 16 people you get in half-price. In an hour you can see this museum but if you like what you see and the owner is there he will be happy to assist you personally and explain everything. I recommend it.
The "Casa Consistorial" is located in the Plaza Duquesa de Parcent opposite the Santa Maria Maggiore Church. It is the current home to Ronda town hall, whose construction dates back to 1734 and hosted militias throughout history and is rebuilt on stores that were in the arcades of the Plaza Mayor. It has three floors, with the upper two overlapping arches.
Located between Plaza de Toros and the National Parador de Ronda, which have excellent viewpoints to the edge of the Tagus, is this enclosure with an old iron "bandstand", which has a beautiful design. On the right, the edge of the Tagus, there is an auditorium with cultural activities in the summer. It is recent and the stage is on the edge of the abyss. Following the edge of the Tagus to the left, we see the back of the Parador. You see a paved road that runs along the building and runs along the ledge of the Tagus. A beautiful picture, with a vertical cut into the depth of Guadalevin running in the background.
A classic, but I assure it has a more impressive view from below, when you see the protruding balcony it seems to lean very nearly like a risk sport. If you can go lower, apart from taking a great photo of the new bridge and the pit, you could see the balcony.
After the first section of the street to the left is the pedestrianized Plaza del Socorro. There's a large underground car park. In the center there's a fountain with a sculpture of the Shield of Andalusia, remember it was in Ronda where the Andalusian flag (white and green) was chosen for Andalusia by the Andalusian Assembly of Ronda in 1918. At the bottom of the square is the Round Casino building, called Circle of Artists. Entry is limited to its members, but there is a low bar open to everyone. There are various catering establishments with outdoor terraces where you can have a snack or eat at meal. On one side of the square stands the Parish of Socorro. This church was totally destroyed and burned in the 1936 Civil War and was rebuilt in 1956, unable to take advantage of anything from the ancient temple, except the site. It has three naves covered with five domes with baroque plasterwork decoration. Its facade has an arch with a niche pediment with the Child Jesus, memories of the previous church and a great imperial shield; also see its two square towers with tiled roofs and balconies with typical rondeña wrought iron. It's one of the few parishes in Ronda thats doors open outside of worship times. Plaza del Socorro 15-16, Parish Del Socorro, Lorenzo Borrego Street, No. 7-8. Tel: (952) 27250.
In the south part of the wall which is kept in good condition, you will find this entry to the city of Ronda, which connects it with the historical. Built in the thirteenth century, it was significantly amended under Charles V. Its name comes from "Al-maqabir" (cemetery) because from the outer part, people proceeded directly to the burial ground from the deceased Muslims. A mid-sixteenth century a quadrangular front was added in the Almeno Renaissance style (arch in stone), eliminating the elbow-shaped inlet typical to Andalusian citadels in order to facilitate entry of the carriages.
This parish church is a late Gothic style, built between 1485 and 1515, commissioned by the Catholic Monarchs when they conquered Ronda. Its facade has a tympanum and double windows. It also has a vaulted nave and two chapels with starry vaults, dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima and the Sacred Heart. Its main altar has a rococo influence. Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 13:30 and 16:00 to 19:00. Sundays and holidays: closed. Admission: Individual: 1€, Groups: 0,60 €
This church is located in the Plaza Duquesa de Parcent. It was built by order of the Catholic Monarchs where the main mosque once stood. It is Gothic in its structure, but the main altar is Renaissance style. One of the things you should look out for is the archway leading to the mihrab, which is typical of all mosques. Part of the wall still remains, which leads to the back of the altar. At Easter, you can see the Brotherhood of Our Father Jesus of Health and the Virgin of Bitterness leaving the church. Also located in this Church is the San Luis Bible, a book of biblical teachings that Doña Blanca de Castilla commissioned the Bishop of Paris to pass on to his son, the future King Louis IV of France. There is an entrance fee, unless you are going to Mass on Sundays from 13 to 14h when it is free. On the main façade, there are galleries for the festivities that take place in the square. Hours: 10:00 to 19:00 (open every day) 952 87 22 48 Tickets: Single: € 2, Groups: 1,50 €
Ronda - awonderful city in Andalusia! I recommend to visit it in spring or in autumn, because there are some lovely hikes to do in order to get the best views! During summer it migjt be too hot to go on hiking tours.
This is the perfect example of a typical Andalusian city, and everything in it exudes grace and charm. There is art, interesting sights, many monuments, and other wonderful cultural places to visit in Ronda. When planning what to do in Ronda, keep in mind that the city is divided into three neighborhoods. The first, San Francisco, is the oldest. Then there's Market, which is the most modern, founded following the Reconquista with its typically white houses and many bars. And finally, arguably one of the most important attractions in Ronda, is "the city". The city is known as the old city and it's home to most large buildings, palaces, and other things to see in Ronda. These include the palaces of Mondragón and Salvatierra, Casa del Rey Moro, Puerta de Felipe V, or the main church, among many others.
In the modern Market area is the Parador, the bullring, and other Ronda attractions like Parque Alameda. Still looking for more stuff to do in Ronda? If you have leisure time, one of the greatest things to do in Ronda is to try the local cuisine. Don't leave without trying Ronda pumpkins, mountain gazpacho, or lamb stew. You won't regret experiencing some of these Ronda treats.
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