One-day adventure in Ronda
During one of my weekly travels, I was lucky enough to come across an ancient city carefully preserved in the heart of the stony mountains of Andalucía called Ronda. The town finds itself bordered on its west side by tall peaks, which offer visitors some unique sights of Andalusian nature, while on the east side it is enclosed by the old defence walls of the city that date back centuries.
One of the first landmarks that greeted me upon making my way towards the centre is the bullring of the Royal Cavalry of Ronda, which is one of the oldest and largest bullrings in Spain. For the modest price of only €7 I was able to explore the Bullfighting Museum filled with famous Spanish bullfighters’ costumes as well as the actual arena, which is the home of the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda, Spain’s oldest order of horsemanship.
As I was walking around the centre, continuing my adventure, I soon discovered how easy it is to get lost in the small picturesque streets of Ronda; I can honestly say that there is no better place to get lost than there. It seemed as if every alley was merely guiding me towards another lovely example of Spanish architecture.
Further along the streets of Ronda, I reached one of the main attractions of the city: Puente Nuevothat translates as New Bridge, which I personally found to be quite ironic because the whole construction was built in 1759. Stretching down between the tall rocks, the bridge greatly resembles some of the scenes from productions such as The Lord of the Ringsor Game of Thrones.The best part about it is that due to the mountain roads surrounding Ronda, any visitor can see the enormous landmark from whichever side they desire.
I’ve now been in Andalucía for over a month and I can say that Ronda is definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit.