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City of Ronda, Andalucia

Listed under in Andalucia, Spain.

  • Ronda's New Bridge
  • Crossing Ronda's New Bridge
  • Don't Look Down?
  • Plaza del Socorro, Ronda
  • Evening meals, Ronda
  • Exploring the Old Town, Ronda
  • Luxury Way to see Old Town, Ronda
  • Luxury Way to see Old Town, Ronda
Ronda's New Bridge
Ronda's New Bridge
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Approaching the historic city of Ronda by road, it appears first as a white line of buildings set along a distant  ridge.  Nearer, the road rises steeply through sharp bends and enters the town.
Ronda is in two sections, the old and the new town, set on two pinnacles of rock and joined by a very spectacular bridge, the New Bridge. It was named in 1793 and the name has stayed with it ever since.
Both sections have reason to visit.  The new town has attractive public spaces and reasonably priced hotels. Family meals out are a serious pastime here. In the alleyways surrounding the Plaza del Socorro, chairs and tables are set up as the evening approaches and soon fill up.  There is a great choice of traditional Spanish dishes here.
The layout of the old town means it is best to visit on foot.  From the new town, this starts with a walk across the bridge and maybe a look down at the river below - or not if you suffer from vertigo!  Attractive little shops at the far end of the bridge welcomevisitors to the old town. Narrow cobbled streets flanked by tall white houses with black iron balconies lead off to cafes, ruined ramparts, ancient churches and more museums anyone could take in during one visit. If the walking gets too tiring, there are horse-drawn carriages to explore the sights in comfort.
The Plaza Duquesa de Parcent is a good place to stop for a coffee or lunch as there are shade trees. From the corner of this square is a footpath leading to rather a strenuous walk down the cliff which ends up with a spectacular view of the New Bridge with the River Guardelevin running through.
Returning to the new town, the Ronda Parador is situated right on the edge of the cliff.  A walkway runs round it and anyone, not just guests, can use it.  It is very popular at sunset with a vast view over the countryside lit by the sun's rays.

Written by  Jenny Fowler.

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