"Horse and Carriage Rides in Ronda" Ronda Off The Beaten Path Tip by dlytle

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  Horse and Carriage outside the Bullring
by dlytle

At the Bullring, just off of Calle Virgen de la Paz, you will see some horse carriages. It is possible to hop on a horse carriage here that tours Ronda for a modest fee.

The horse and carriage form of locomotion boomed in the middle of the 19th century with the appearance of the spherical suspension springs or shock absorbers. Until then, fixed metal bars were used from which the boxes or coaches were hung with chains - as you can imagine they would not have been very comfortable. During the 18th century this suspension method improved and irons in a ?C? shape were introduced, having strips or belts attached to the top, from which the carriage hung called ?Sopanda? suspension as that was the name given to the ?C? shaped metal bars.

Then the automobile appeared in the 20th century. With this, the carriage began its long, slow descent into oblivion, which, had it not been for a few enthusiasts and art collectors who were in love with this beautiful way of traveling, would probably have become completely extinct today. Thankfully, in Ronda, the Real Maestranza de Caballeria has been responsible for keeping this tradition alive. So please take a minute to admire these old carriages and, if time permits, take an adventure riding one of them around the town.

Just so you will know, next to the bullring you will also find a very helpful tourist office and public toilets that are quite a rarity in Spain.

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  • Written Apr 29, 2004
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