On to South of Spain to the city of Ronda!
Ronda is a great city to visit and as always there is a lot to see. I took the train from Madrid to Ronda, which took almost four hours but the train is worth it because you see the countryside change as you go south.
From the train station in Ronda I took a cab to my hotel. The cab driver asked if I had ever been to Ronda and when I said no he proudly acted as a tour guide and pointed out important buildings, historical cites, and gave little historical fact as we drove through the city. Local charm and city pride is strong and it was refreshing!
Below I will highlight the sights to see in Ronda but first just a little overview…the city of Ronda sits on a canyon and a deep gorge divides the city, the El Tajo canyon. There are three bridges; Puente Nuevo is the tallest of three bridges in Ronda, towering 120 metres (390 ft) above the canyon floor and the bridge from which you get the most spectacular views.
What to see in Ronda, Spain:
2 – Plaza de Toros which is the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain, built in 1784. You pay a small fee and you get to see the entire ring, the bull pens, and a small but interesting museum about the history of bullfighting in the area.
3 – The Arab Baths or the Banos arabes – these baths were built in the 13th and 14th centuries. You can visit the baths which are located below the city (a bit hard to find but it is noted on the tourist map so not impossible). And I highly recommend watching the video about the history of the baths –most interesting is how they got water into the baths to create steam which involved a large wheel pulled by a donkey!
4 – The Palace of the Arabian King or Casa del Rey Moro – While you cannot see the house you can visit the gardens which are lovely and provide great views of the city and the canyon.
5 – Palace of Mondragon or the Museo Municipal – This house has a small museum and again, wonderful gardens and patios!
6 – Arch of Philip V or Puerta de Felipe V – A gate built in 1742 that serves as one of the three entrances to the city. Make sure to walk all the way down to the gate to get the entire view of it.
These are the main sights but I would also suggest walking through the old town which has wide cobbled streets and charming buildings. Also do not miss seeing the sunset which tends to be quite spectacular here!
And a few other tidbits about Ronda:
When to go to Ronda: well all I can advise is that if you go in the summer it is very hot and that the Spanish siesta is a must in order to survive the midday heat.
What to eat in Ronda…all Spanish food is very good but if you happen to be a vegetarian it can be a bit trying since Spaniards do love their meat dishes. Luckily I like tomatoes because this is what I ate for three days while in Ronda. In the summer in Spain you can get tomato salads and gazpacho which is nutritious and filling. Although I do think if I had gone another three days on that diet I would have turned the color red.
Try eating at one of the restaurants with balconies that hang right over the canyon, unless of course you are afraid of heights in which case you would probably loose your appetite and therefore ruin the whole concept of rooftop dining.
Overall Ronda is another interesting city to visit in Spain!
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