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Top Visits: What to see in Ronda

by Wailele
Ronda Malaga

1- Puente Nuevo

Panoramic view of Puente Nuevo in Ronda Malaga

One of the most iconic images, not only of Ronda, but of the whole of Spain, is the structure of this 18th century bridge as it sinks into the ground of the gorge of El Tajo, 120 metres below.

Its construction began in 1759 to replace an earlier bridge that had collapsed in the previous decade.

It was no small undertaking either: The bridge took another 42 years to build and cost the lives of some 50 workers.

There is a small exhibition about the bridge and its construction in a chamber above the main arch.

This same small space was used as a prison for centuries.

2- Arab Baths

Arab baths in Ronda Malaga

This site, located to the east of Ronda, is an exciting piece of the city’s Moorish heritage, and is in tremendous condition for its age, with all but one roof intact.

This is partly because, as was often the case, the baths were adapted, this time as a tannery using the boiler room.

The cold, warm and hot rooms are still here, under barrel-vaulted ceilings with star-shaped openings.

You can see how they were heated, and the intricate system that brought the water from the Culebreas stream to the complex.

These baths were located in the poorest part of the city and had a religious function, as they were located next to a mosque so that the faithful could perform their ablutions here.

3- Sierra de las Nieves

Panoramic view of the Sierra de las Nieves in Ronda Malaga in wintertime

You’re sure to want to venture out into those dreamlike landscapes that can be seen from the cliffs of Ronda.

The town’s tourist office can provide details of a number of linear and circular walks through the local countryside.

The plain surrounding Ronda is a mosaic of cereal fields, olive groves and, of course, vineyards.

These are interrupted by groups of leafy trees such as chestnut and oak.

And if you want to be really intrepid, you are also just minutes away from two remote and protected mountain ranges, the Sierra de Grazalema to the west and the Sierra de las Nieves to the east.

4- The City of Ronda

City Castle in Ronda Malaga

The most appropriate way to enter this, the oldest part of the city, is through the fortified gate, the Puerta de Almocábar.

The horseshoe shape of the arch indicates that it is of Arabic origin.

Beyond is Ronda’s original Moorish citadel, where there are all sorts of interesting clues to the city’s past.

One of them is the minaret of San Sebastián, a minaret dating from 1200 which was adapted as a church bell tower after the Reconquest, but which now stands alone.

5- Bullring of Ronda

Bullring of Ronda in Malaga

A short walk from the Puente Nuevo is the neoclassical Plaza de Toros de Ronda, built at the end of the 18th century and considered one of the cradles of modern bullfighting.

The sport is, of course, a sensitive subject, but it remains an indelible part of Andalusian culture.

The bullring was founded by the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda, which still exists, and there is a museum about this institution under one of the stands.

There is also an exhibition on the history of bullfighting.

On the outskirts of the city is the Reservatauro Ronda, where the bulls are reared in an idyllic landscape of pastures and holm oaks.

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