SPAIN: A Little Bit Of Ronda In My Life
Where to go first?!? Looking at a map of Andalucia, I settle on driving the hour and a bit to get to Ronda in the morning, then heading back towards the coast to Marbella in the afternoon. The child is finally ready (though in a typical teenage mood and still not forgiving me for waking her up so early) and off we go!
DRIVING TO RONDA
First time driving in Spain, and all was easy-peasy until I had to start the drive upward.These always stress me out a bit at first - though I've driven through worse (in Switzerland), it's not easy to get used to. It's no real problem - just a bit curvy.... ok, actually a lot curvy in places, with switchbacks and some high drops that can be distracting - but very scenic. It is breathtaking in places but definitely more enjoyable for the passenger as the driver will be too focused on the road to see it all!! Make use of the gears and drive the speed your comfortable at and ignore the drivers on your tail.
After circling around the most narrow streets I've ever seen, we finally find parking and head off to explore this charming pueblo blanco. The town straddles the El Tajo Gorge, with the iconic Puente Nuevo linking the new and the old town.
If you want to see Ronda in its full glory - a busy, vibrant town - you're better off getting there as early as possible!
Funky decos where we parked the car
Walking down Calle Setenil after driving around for 30 minutes looking for parking
Carretera Espinel - Ronda's main street for shopping
YOU'VE GOTTA SEE...
PLAZA DEL SOCORRO
The Plaza del Socorro is one of the more popular squares in Ronda
Besides the statue of Hercules, the Nuestra Señora del Socorro is here as well
Nuestra Señora del Socorro was only built in 1956 in a Neo-Baroque style
Tons of cafés and restaurants
Plaza de España, Ronda
YOU'VE GOTTA SEE...
PUENTE NUEVO & EL TAJO GORGE
Hotel Don Miguel, with amazing views of El Tajo and Puente Nuevo
The middle child, taking in the view
At 300-feet, this magnificent bridge is not for those who are afraid of heights
Crossing the bridge into the old town (La Cuidad) via Calle Armiñán
South of the gorge is the old Moorish part of Ronda called La Ciudad
Absolutely beautiful on this side of the bridge
A cute museum in Ronda with a variety of exhibits - from science to art to witchcraft to the inquisition
Besides seeing the main tourist attractions, just wandering the streets is plenty to keep me happy
A cute terrace at Café de Ronda, before the crowds settle in
Heading back to Puente Nuevo
No matter where you are, you'll have a gorgeous view
Unbelievable views of the valley views of the valley
How did people build this town on top of this?
Back at the bridge, I could stay here all day
Seems some doofus tourists are doing the locks on this gorgeous bridge
Looking straight down.....is kinda scary
Walkway that will lead us to the Alameda del Tajo
Another view of Puente Nuevo (from the new town side)
Serenaded by soothing guitar playing while walking along the promenade
The views from in front of the Parador de Ronda
Me.....just happy to be here!
YOU'VE GOTTA SEE...
ALAMEDA DEL TAJO
A closer look at the platform, high above the ground and jutting out into nothingness
The child was excited to cactus around these parts
A house at the bottom of the valley - I could definitely live there!
Enjoying THE view...
.....with a harpest playing in the background
YOU'VE GOTTA SEE...
PLAZA DE TOROS
Matador welcoming us into the Plaza de Toros
Entrance area before entering the ringPretty impressive Plaza de Toros
The child waiting for me to go in
Artwork on the fence surrounding the ring
Chillin' in the shade
Police and photographers seem to get the best views
Better view of how big this place is
Display inside the museum
Artwork in the dimly lit museum portion
Very cute tile work on the stairs
Statue of a matador outside the Plaza de Toros
There is no wrong way to visit Ronda because the city is gorgeous and the views breathtaking everywhere - I totally needed this little bit of Ronda in my life!
Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON
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Keywords: andalucia, costa del sol, plaza de toros, plaza del socorro, pueblo blanco, road trip, ronda, spain, spain road trip
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Ronda is such a beautiful city - thanks for sharing!
wonderful information, I had come to know about your blog from my friend and I have read at least 10 of your posts in a row, and let me tell you, your blog gives such a unique viewpoint of the cities. It's not the typical city guide, but more a personal experience, hats off to you!
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