Ronda used to be a compulsory stop, between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, for all the Romantic travellers, who discovered the charm of Ronda and Andalusia. Rilke, Doré, Joyce or, more recently, Lorca, Alberti, Hemingway and Orson Wells, whose ashes were buried in this wonderful city, are only some of the famous travellers who visited this town.
A night walk through the historic quarter – an old Arab medina – is simply an unforgettable experience. Santa María la Mayor Church, the Casa del Rey Moro (House of the Moorish King), the Casa del Gigante (House of the Giant), the Mondragón Palace or the Arab Baths are only some of the monuments you can visit in this beautiful, historic quarter.
The Puente Nuevo (New Bridge), an architectural masterpiece of its time, will help us reach the modern quarter of the city by bridging a gap which is 100 metres deep. This gap, carved out by the river Guadalevin, separates the historic quarter from Ronda’s modern city centre. In this part of town, we come across the renowned Bullring, the oldest in Spain; and Espinel Street, named after the writer Vicente Espinel, yet commonly referred to as Calle de la Bola. This is Ronda’s liveliest and most commercial area.
Between the Puente Nuevo and the main Alameda gardens, you can walk along the edge of Ronda’s famous cliff, el Tajo. The balconies, suspended over the abyss, will leave us speechless. From these balconies, we can enjoy the breathtaking sunset behind the Sierra de Grazalema (Grazalema’s Mountain Range); a scene of our town that will linger in your memory forever.