- On 14 June, 2017
- In Tips for travellers
10 essential to visit Ronda
What can we find while visiting Ronda?
Roughly 100 km away from Malaga you can find the magical City Ronda one of the most symbolic cities in Andalusia. Its Celtic origin is just the beginning of every civilisation that passed through: Romans, Visigoths, Muslims and finally the Christians. Therefore, visiting Ronda provides us with historical cultural diversities and interesting routs through its streets and monuments.
1. Puente Nuevo above the Tajo
Without doubt, it is essential to visit Ronda. The symbol of the town, the bridge built of stones obtained from the depths of the river, has height of 98 meters. It made the expansion of the urban part of the city possible by unifying the new zone with the old neighbourhood. An artwork that gives us a spectacular view and an interpretational centre in which you can see the history of its construction.
2.Plaza de toros de Ronda
This city is considered as one of the cradles of modern bullfighting. Therefore, by visiting Ronda we can find a unique bull ring. It was open in 1785 after 6 years of construction and it is recognising as one of the oldest monuments of Spain. Made of sandstones, the absence of exposed tendencies and the double enclosure of arcades, give it the singularity that it has.
3.Church of Santa María
The building is the most representative religious architecture, which you can find in Ronda. It is built on the old mosque, of which only the arch of Mirhab and a piece of the wall with Arabesque decoration is preserved, behind an altarpiece of the altar of the tabernacle. In the Historic Centre, you can admire the “Torre Mudéjar” and the charming “Casita de la Torre”; both at the same place.
4.The house of San Juan Bosco
It is a modern mansion with a colonial touch and the inclusion of Nasrid decoration. It is located in the ledge of the Tajo in the middle of the Historic Centre of Ronda. In the patio, you can see a complete regional ceramic collection and a view of the fascinating valley.
5.Puente Viejo and puente San Miguel
Puente Nuevo is not the only bridge we can find while visiting Ronda. The Puente Viejo, located between the Church Padre Jesús. La Fuente de los Ocho Caños and el Arco de Felipe V, was the second bridge of the city and had the same function as the later Puente Nuevo, communicating the old medina with the new neighborhood. On the other hand, the bridge of San Miguel is also known as Arab Bridge and communicates with the old neighborhood of San Miguel.
6.Palace of Mondragón
Also known as Palace of Marques de Villasierra, it is without a doubt one of the most significant civil monuments that you will see when visiting Ronda. It was the residence of the great King Abbel Malik, son of the Sultan of Morocco and the last Muslim Governor: Hamet el Zegrí. It has a very original patio of the Christian era and another Gothic one that gives access to the intermediate plant where you can find the different rooms of the Museum.
7.Palace rey moro
This palace-house dates back to the 18th century and is located on Calle Cuesta de Santo Domingo. The floor of the house is irregular and labyrinthine, with abundant stairs and corridors that serve to save the unevenness. Inside you can also find an Arab mine to obtain water, which goes down to the depth of the Tagus, where the river Guadalevín passes. Currently, this building is closed to the public except for the mine and its garden terraces.
8.Mirador de Aldehuela and Balcón del Coño
The views of the gorge, the Puente Nuevo and the surrounding countryside are spectacular, which is why this viewpoint is so popular in the city. It owes its name to the architect José Martín de Aldehuela, the same one who built both the bullring and the Puente Nuevo and who finished the cathedral of Malaga. Balcón Del Coño is another attraction that should not be missed. It is said that everyone who leans out the balcony, shouts “Coño!”, hence its name.
9.Ruins of Acipino
Twenty kilometers to the outskirts of Ronda are the ruins of the ancient Roman settlement of Acinipo. The name ‘Acinipo,’ means the ‘city of wine’. It was one of the few cities in the Roman Empire that caused wine to be exported to Rome. In addition, there is a large theater dating from the first century AD.
10. Arab baths
The Arab baths of Ronda were built at the end of the 13th century during the reign of King Abomelik. The ventilation grids in the form of a star were modeled after the baths of the Alhambra of Granada. In addition, the boiler that used to heat the water is still visible and kept in good condition. They are located in the neighborhood of San Miguel and another must when visiting Ronda.
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