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Ronda

One of the most beautiful Andalucian cities lies sixty kilometres of Estepona. Ronda lies on a rock and is also one of the oldest cities of Spain. It's worthwhile a trip. In contrast to the coast places Ronda has been well kept remained for mass tourism. Naturally there are a lot of tourists but the buildings and character are still original.

 
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Ronda, with 30000 inhabitants, a big city, lies on 740 meters altitude and was in the time of the Romen a very known trade centre. In spite of that it was an out of the way city, it was very inviting to possess. First the Arabs possessed the city and after in 1485 the Catholics owned the city. In 1808, Napoleon swayed here the sceptre.

Puente Nuevo is the eye catcher of the city. Tough, majestically it links the old and new part of the city. The bridge has been built in the eighteenth century and bridges a ravine of more than hundred meters depth. Near Puente Nuevo you can walk down along a twisting path. There you have a beautiful view on the bridge. Therefore nice for a photograph.
In the old city you can stroll quietly by the narrow lanes. It is there nicely cold. Then you come to the church Santa Maria de Mayor, many art treasures are brought together. By this collection is one of the most beautiful churches in Spain.

Bullfights
If you start to know Ronda, you can't go past Orson Welles. The English writer was popular and is buried in a village near by. Photograph of Welles and also the still more famous Ernest Hemingway are to be seen in the museum of Plaza the Toros. This is the oldest bullfight arena of Spain.

Plaza de toros
Opening hours:
November – February: 10:00 - 18:00
April – September: 10:00 - 20:00
March & October: 10:00 - 17:00
Open every day except when there are bullfights
Virgin de la Paz 15
29400 Ronda
0034952871539
www.rmer.org

The bullring
At the end of the 18th century the bullring was built in the centre of the romantic town of Ronda. The mountainscape of the Serranía de Ronda provides the ring with its dramatic backdrop. Recognised at the first purpose-built space for figting bulls in the world, the Ronda bullring considered one of the most picturesque. The first fight took place in 1785 and the matadors were the local born Pedro Romero (1754-1839) the outstanding figure in the history of a bullfighting and the Sevillian, Pepe Hillo (1754-1801). The outstanding features of the sandstond-built ring are its elegant proportions highlighted by the two-storey arcade of Tuscan columns. Since 1954 the famous ‘corrida goyesca’ takes place at the beginning of September each year.

Bullfighting Museum
The museum offers a concise guide to cultural history of bulls and bullfighting. Costumes belonging to leading fighters, engravings, lithographs, prints by Goya, Lake Price and Victor Adam, oil paintings from the 17th , 18th and 19th centuries and a collection of original posters announcing the ‘corrida goyesca’ by contemporary artists such as Arroyo, Urculo, Barceló, Villalba, Cárdenas, Pérez Vilalta, Campano, Guinovart.

 

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Costa del Sol: Ronda
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