What to do in Ronda
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Ronda is a municipality in the province of Malaga, the capital of the region of the Serrania of Ronda, situated in a basin surrounded by mountains of medium altitude, the city is on a plateau divided in two by a gorge about 100 meters deep, the famous Tajo de Ronda, which passes Guadalevin. It is located about 110kms away from Malaga and 57kms from Marbella, it has a population of over 37,000 inhabitants spread over an area of 481km2.
In the Serrania of Ronda the climate is well-defined, hot Summers and cold Winters, Spring and Autumn are seasons where the temperatures are mild. Rainfalls are usually abundant, as it is registered that the place with a higher rate of rainfall in Spain is in the Sierra of Grazalema.
History of Ronda
It goes back to the Neolithic period, as evidenced by cave paintings from the Cueva de la Pileta and the remains found in excavations in the old city. According to the texts of the historian Plinio, situated in the VI century b.C. a Celtic settlement which they named Arunda and one in the Iberian nearby Acinipo, which was one of the most important cities of Andalusia.
After periods of different lengths were settled Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians, being overcome these by the Romans in the Second Punic War and they settled in Arunda and built the castle of Laurus (the Laurel), with the fall of the Roman Empire region was in the hands of the Swabians, Byzantines and Visigoths to the Muslim invasion of the peninsula, who surrendered the city without a battle in 713, to be renamed IZN-Rand Onda (city castle), became the capital of the provinces where al-Andalus was divided.
After the fall of the Caliphate of Cordoba, the Berbers made Ronda Taifa kingdom until 1066, which became part of the kingdom of Seville for nearly four centuries, it was dominated by different African tribes, including the Nazari kingdom of Granada it was during this last period where the city and the county were better known, as it was an important border enclave. The city was conquered after a long siege by Christian forces of King Ferdinand in May 22nd 1485.
With the expulsion of the Moors in 1609, the region suffered a period of decline that lasted until the XVIII century. There it was when they began to build some of the most important symbols of the city, the New Bridge and the Bullring. After the disasters caused by the French invasion, it began slowly to recover its economy to the opening of the railway in 1891, which served to achieve its true economic development. The Arab presence remains yet clearly defined in the face of the city, being possibly the best preserved in Andalusia.
-Puente Nuevo de Ronda.- This is probably the most famous construction in Ronda. The first bridge was built in 1735 with an arc of about 35mts, six years after it collapsed in a river flood, on the basis of this was lifted today, the works were directed by the architect José Martin de Aldehuela, opened in 1793 after nearly 40 years of construction. The total height of the bridge is 98mts.built in masonry stones from the bottom of the Tagus, it is formed by a lower arch on which rests the central arch and two smaller sides, all of half a point, below it passes the waters of the Guadalevín River. Address- Centro de Interpretación del Puente Nuevo, Plaza de España s/n, under the bridge, Tel. 952870818.
-Convento de la Merced Church.- It dates from 1585. Made up of three naves, the plant is covered by a barrel vault with arches on square pillars that separate it from the aisles, they are closed and divided into cells, to be used by the Convent closure of the Carmelite nuns. On the right side of the facade, there is an octagonal brick tower. Inside should be noted primarily a reliquary from the XVII century, in gilded silver with precious stones, which contains the uncorrupted hand of Saint Teresa of Jesus, also canvasses from the XVII century and an image of the Virgin of Solitude from the XIX century. Address- Pasaje San Juan de Letrán, Tel. 952872965,
-Plaza de Toros.- Bullfighting Museum.- The square was inaugurated in 1785 after six years of construction, it is one of the oldest squares and monuments there. The cover has a neoclassical style with baroque details, there is an arch, which is centred between two powerful Tuscan columns supporting a pediment. On the stone arch, there is a balcony with excellent work in forging bullfighting reasons, it is the "Puerta Grande". The ring is considered the world's largest, it has 66mts. of diameter, the grandstand has a capacity for 5,000 people, it is completely covered, it has two floors each with five rows of bleachers, 136 Tuscan columns support its double gallery the barrier is made of stone. In the basement of the square, there is the Bullfighting Museum, it is divided into three parts, dedicated to highlighting the round in the history of bullfighting and the two great dynasties of the bullfighters of Ronda, the Romero and Ordonez. Museum hours from 10 am to 20 pm Tel 952874132
-Arabs Baths.- This thermal resort dates back to the thirteenth century, they were built next to Arroyo Culebras, the hydraulic system of the baths has reached today in perfect condition, like the boiler area. The structure is modelled after Roman baths with three temperature rooms. In the bathrooms of the Muslim era is the best preserved in Spain. Address- c/ San Miguel, Tel. 952187119
-Municipal Museum.- Mondragón Palace.- Of Andalusian origin, it was the residence of kings and governors until the Arab conquest of Ronda in 1485, it housed the Catholic Monarchs during their stay in the city, which later gave it to Captain Melchor of Mondragón. The splendid façade is made in 1798 in Baroque style in stone masonry, with magnificent Corinthian columns and wrought iron balcony Ronda. Indoors, there is three magnificent Palace courtyard, the entry of XVII century known as the "Well", the second, the Mudejar XVI century Gothic-Mudejar style and the last late-Gothic style. The Archaeological Museum of Ronda, Address.- Plaza de Mondragón s/n, Tel. 952870818.
-Father Jesus Church.- Built-in the XVI century, in the first years after the reconquest. The facade of the Church is Gothic-Renaissance tower-shaped holes in the top where the bells are located, the cover is of masonry and other masonry facades are bleached. The interior is accessed through an arch, rectangular is divided into three naves, the central side broader than the separate six arches supported by columns of bricks. The nave was covered by a Moorish-style armour, of which only one party remains in the choir. In the Gospel side of a dressing room is decorated in Baroque style. In this church, it is venerated one of the most devoted images in Ronda, Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno. Address- c/ Santa Cecilia, Tel 952872987.
-Santa Cecilia (Los Descalzos) Church.- The church and convent were built in 1664 by the Community of Discalced Trinitarians, it has undergone several reforms, most recently in 1999. The main facade is made of stone, with a large courtyard surrounded by a fence, the access is through an arch framed by Tuscan columns supporting a pediment with the Trinity Shield. The plant of the cross-shaped church with three naves separated by arches bent, resting on square columns that are attached large Corinthian pilasters, this makes it difficult to see the High Altar. The nave is covered with a barrel vault decorated with medallions in human forms and vegetables, and plaster with the Trinity Shield. The wooden choir, unrestored, is on the front door. In the main altar is a niche with the image of Santa Cecilia.
-Virgen de la Paz Sanctuary.- The church dates from the late century, the façade is made of stone and also the doorway with a semicircular arch that ends in a belfry with two arches, the front hood, entirely decorated with coloured stars and rosettes. The church has a single-nave with coffered ceiling and barrel vault. The Churrigueresque Altar, with the image of Our Lady of Peace, Patron of Ronda. The building is considered one of the most beautiful Baroque Round. Address- Plaza Beato Diego José de Cádiz s/n.
-May Fair.- Agricultural and farming fair, with exposure of livestock breeds, dressage competition cowboy and Spanish thoroughbred horses, oil tasting, quiz shows etc dog. It is held in the second half of May.
-Easter Week.- Of great popular tradition, preserves the traditions from their beginnings in the XVI century, processions are very striking and offers pictures of great artistic value.
-Pedro Romero Fair.- It is the most international festival of Ronda, held from 8th to 10th September, with the Festival de Cante, contest run hooks and famous bullfighting goyescas, with the most important figures of bullfighting. Corpus Chiquito.- It is celebrated for three days in the first week of June, a façade beautification contest takes place, it has festivals, parades, plays, etc.
-Procession of the Virgen de la Cabeza.- Held the second Sunday of June, people from Ronda take in procession the image of the Virgin, from the collegiate to the chapel, to be returned in the evening, the Church of St. Mary of the Incarnation which is venerated throughout the year.
Restaurants and Tapas Bars in Ronda
The cuisine in Ronda is influenced by local produce, meats and farm meats, oil, wine and vegetables, seasonal dishes, like mushrooms in autumn, the thistles and wild asparagus in spring. Typical dishes, highlighting, almond soup, Gazpacho to the mountain, the Pudding Ronda, Partridge the Tagus, Oxtail, Tortilla Ronda, Ronda Kid aroma, cooked Ronda, Ronda Eggs. etc ...
Restaurants in Ronda
-Donde María - Vicente Blasco Ibáñez s/n, Marbella, Tel. 952 864 298
-Ana María - Santo Cristo Square, Marbella, Tel. 952 775 646
More than 40€
-Tragabuches.-Creative and Malaga cuisine c/ José Aparicio 1, Tel. 952190291,
-Pedro Romero.-Mediterranean and cuisine from Ronda, c/ Virgen de la Paz 18, Tel. 952871110.
-Albacara.-Author and traditional cuisine , c/ Tenorio 8, Tel.952161184.
-Don Miguel.-Traditional cuisine, c/ Villanueva 4, Tel. 952871090.
More than 25€
-Jerez.- Traditional and cuisine from Ronda, Paseo Blas Infante 2, Tel. 952872098.
-Casa Santa Pola.-Traditional and market cuisine, c/ Santo Domingo4, Tel.952879208.
-Almocabar.- Mediterranean and home cooking cuisine, Alameda Ruedo 5, Tel. 952875977.
-Santo Domingo.- Home cooking cuisine, Cta. Santo Domingo 2, Tel. 952875449.
Tapas Bar in Ronda
-Bodega Jerezana.- Calle Lauria 20
-Bodeguita Los Caracoles.- C/ Comandante Salvador Carrasco s/n
-Cervecería Marisquería Cero Grados.- C/ Comandante Salvador Carrasco s/n
-La Leyenda.- C/ Los Remedios 7
4* Hotels in Ronda
-Husa Reina Vitoria.- C/ Doctor Fleming 25, Tel. 952871240.
-Hotel Acinipo.- Paseo Blas Infante s/n. Tel. 952161002.
-Parador de Ronda.- Plaza de España s/n. Tel.952877500.
-IGH Molino del Arco.- Hotel rural-, Partido de los Frontones, Tel. 952114017.
-Montelirio.- Casa señorial s. XVI, C/ Tenorio 8, Tel. 952873855.
3* Hotels in Ronda
-Don Javier.- C/ José Aparicio 6, Tel. 952872020.
-Enfrente Arte.- C/Real 40, Tel. 952879088.
-La Rondeña.- C/ José Aparicio 3, Tel 952873488.
-Molino del Puente.- Rural Hotel, Paraje Fuente de la Higuera s/n, Tel. 952874164.
-San Gabriel.- C/ Marqués de Moctezuma 19, Tel. 952190392.
-El Tajo.- C/ Cruz Verde 7, Tel. 952874040.
Useful Telephone Numbers in Ronda
Civil Guard ......................................................062
Tourism Office ................................952871272
Train Station RENFE .......................952861763