"Ronda" Spain Things to Do Tip by ellsasha

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  Balcony of Iglesia (Church) de Santa Maria
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  • Balcony of Iglesia (Church) de Santa Maria - Spain
      Balcony of Iglesia (Church) de Santa Maria
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  • Puente Nuevo Connecting 2 Parts of Town - Spain
      Puente Nuevo Connecting 2 Parts of Town
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  • Casa del Rey Moro - Spain
      Casa del Rey Moro
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  • Courtyard Garden of Casa Juan Bosco - Spain
      Courtyard Garden of Casa Juan Bosco
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  • View from the Gorge - Spain
      View from the Gorge
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Ronda is one of the oldest and loveliest towns in Spain. It is famous for its river gorge "El Tajo" which divides the 18th century part of the town from the medieval part. The Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) connecting the two parts of the town was built between 1755 and 1793. How many people died from that bridge is unknown but the architect himself plunged to his death while inspecting construction work, and during the civil war hundreds of victims from both sides were hurled from it to the waters of the River Guadalevin below. Ronda is also famous for its bullring (which I did not care to go inside). Beyond the bullring I walked to the Alameda del Tajo gardens and the view of the valley below is nothing short of spectacular. Iglesia (Church) de Santa Maria la Mayor serves as Ronda's cathedral, started in 1485 it was not completed until the 17th century which accounts for its mixture of styles. There is balcony at the front of the cathedral where the kings and their courts were able to watch the entertainment in the plaza below. The Casa del Rey Moro - House of the Moorish King built in 1709 on the site of an earlier Moorish residence is worth a visit, it has a great view of the gorge and some pretty stepped gardens. Excavated remains of Banos Arabes (Arab Baths) can be found beneath the Puente Arabe (Arab Bridge), the excavations are a little remote from the main streets, so, exercise caution there as I heard reports of tourists being threatened by young gangs for their money.

Directions: 61 kms northwest of Marbella and 108 kms southwest of Antequera

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  • Written Apr 15, 2006
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