We were advised by our friends that we had to visit Ronda……… they were absolutely right, it is a magical place!
Ronda in the province of Malaga Spain is situated on a rocky outcrop in a mountain surrounded basin 750 m above sea level. The Guadalevín River runs along the 120 meters deep El Tajo canyon effectively slicing the city in two. The effect is spectacular especially when standing on any of the 3 bridges that link the city.
These three bridges, the Puente Romano (“Roman Bridge”), the Puente Viejo (“Old Bridge”) and the most spectacular Puente Nuevo (“New Bridge”), span the canyon. The term “nuevo” is a bit misleading, as the building of this bridge commenced in 1751 and took until 1793 to complete, hardly new! The Puente Nuevo is the tallest of the bridges, towering 120 meters (390 ft) above the canyon floor.
The Puente Nuevo is always the center of attention with visitors, drive through the city early afternoon as we did and be prepared to dodge what appears to be 100’s of people excitedly dashing from one side of the bridge to the other. Ronda is a very popular day trip destination, therefore the best way to see it is to stay overnight. The ultimate place to stay would have to be the Parador this used to be the City Hall and is perched right on the canyons edge, although at almost €200 per night it was a little rich for us. We stayed in a moderate hotel just outside of town and drove back into town to explore, around 6pm the streets were almost deserted……. well in comparison anyway.
It is a fascinating place and well worth the detour to get there, give yourself time to wander the streets, peer into the gorge and maybe explore the famous Plaza De Toros, the “bullring”, visit the Giants House or of course some of the many churches & museums that abound.
For us the highlight was standing on “The New Bridge” and peering down and down……… almost wish I could fly!