Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Travel Tuesday no.15 // Ronda

I knew nothing about Ronda prior to our trip, but since it was included in our itinerary, off we went! Ronda is a quaint city in the province of Malaga, Southern Spain. I think we were told that there were about 35,000 people living here. Despite its small size, it is one of the oldest cities in Europe and a place that is rich with history; there are remains of prehistoric settlements here, Roman ruins, and of course, remnants of Arab architecture and influence.


Modern bullfighting originated in Ronda. We visited the Plaza de Toros, the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain, to learn about this Spanish tradition. Apparently, Orson Welles and Ernest Hemmingway were frequent visitors to Ronda and often watched bullfights here. There were even streets named after them.

Personally, my favorite thing about Ronda was the incredible view of the mountainous region around the city. Ronda is located 750m above sea level on the El Tajo gorge, and the Puerto Nuevo bridge connects the old and new districts of Ronda. We crossed the bridge twice while exploring Ronda, and the view was just so stunning.

It was such a beautiful day in the city, just perfect for all the walking and wandering we did. Look at the clouds - they were unreal.

At this point, we were about halfway through our travels through Southern Spain. Ronda sure was charming but after a quick lunch and a short siesta, it was time to move on to our next destination. I'll be back next week with the next leg of our journey! 

2 comments:

  1. I am so enjoying your travel posts and all the lovely pictures you have been sharing. We travelled to Europe last year & spent a little time in Northern Spain. Has wetted our appetite to see more especially the southern area. Just wondering if you are travelling on an organised tour or doing in yourselves. Looking forward to the next post. Thanks for sharing these with us :-)

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    1. I thought I replied but I think blogger ate my comment - sorry! We travelled around Madrid, Barcelona, and Segovia by ourselves but decided to go with a local tour to explore Southern Spain! :)

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