Doctor Cajal 7, Cruz Verde 7, Ronda, Costa del Sol, 29400, Spain
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View down into the El Tajo Gorge
Ronda view from Plaza del Campillo
One of Ronda's narrower streets at 2:10 PM
The view from the bridge, restaurant not shown
I have been informed that i can get a train from San Roque to Ronda but no trains show in July
Do they stop running in the summer or it is a Renfe error ?
The German rail website (www.bahn.de) shows that there are direct regional trains running from San Roque to Ronda (these are both in the south near Gibraltar, right?) at 07:29, 12:24, 15:48, and 18:43, with the trip taking about 1.5 hours (this was for July 5th, chosen at random).
Most of the western European rail websites use the same database for schedules; however, they vary in how well they implement it, and sometimes some sites are not updated as fast as others...
I see that this route shows up on the renfe website with the note that the schedule is good until June 9th...in the Italian website (trenitalia.com), we have been having trouble because schedules June 10th and after were erratic and incompletely filled in because of a planned major update...perhaps this is the same thing...check the renfe site on June 11th and see what you get...
There is about 7,5 km from San Roque la Linea railway station to San Roque according to ViaMichelin
It was a link test. There is 7,5 from La Línea de la Concepción — Ronda del Norte (about where San Roque Railway Station lies) to San Roque — Plaza de la Iglesia according to ViaMichelin http://www.viamichelin.com/viamichelin/gbr/tpl/hme/MaHomePage.htm
I believe that they only provide six months of their schedule, so the June shedule is probably not out yet. I had a look at their website, have a look after 9th June, when their current schedule ends. Another thing Estacion de San Roque is a few KM from San Roque.
Travel Tips for Ronda
Ronda - Gorge-ous Place! (sorry couldn't resist)
Ronda is one of Andalusia's loveliest towns, steeped in history. It stands on a towering plateau in the mountains of Malaga Province, and is famous through Spain for the plunging river gorge, known as "El Tajo", which divides the medieval town from the 18th century parts of the town and spanned by the "Puente Nuevo" or New Bridge which formerly housed a prison. Incidentally the new bridge is from the 18th century so not that new now! The town itself has 3 main areas - the Barrio de San Francisco (reached first when driving from the coast) new Ronda (mercadillo, ‘little market’) and the old Moorish citadel, La Ciudad (best to visit here first) Its definitely a place not to be missed. I imagined it more touristic and easy to see in a day - but I was so wrong and someday we will be back here and to explore more of the surrounding countryside with its white villages.
Parador and Mirador Views
Modern (largely built 18th century) Ronda is the quarter to the North of the gorge, called El Mercadillo, with the Plaza de España, the site of Ronda's recently built Parador, a spectacular walkway along the river gorge with superb views of the countryside below. This walkway leads to Ronda's lovely "Mirador", with colourful flower beds and a railing to lean against and gaze into the distant mountains - be warned it hangs over the cliff with a 300 ft drop. This mirador (= viewpoint) is immediately beyond the car park beside the bullring. These walkways or Passeos are named after two famous visitors: The Paseo Orson Welles runs behind the former market (now a modern Parador hotel, although the original town clock over Plaza de España still works) and leads from the bullring to the Puente Nuevo. The Paseo Ernest Hemingway heads behind the bullring towards the Alameda itself, and both have incomparable views of the mountains north and west of Ronda.
the oldest bullring of Spain
The bullring, which has a diameter measuring 66 metres, is surrounded by an alleyway made up two rings of stone. The sections contain five rows of seating on two levels and 136 columns, forming 68 arches on Tuscan columns, whilst the pitched, Moorish tiled roof and elegant interior of the Royal Box is unsurpassed in any other bullring.
Opening hours: November- Februari from 10.00am to 6 pm
April-September from 10.00 am till 8.00 pm
March and October from 10.00 till 7.00 pm
Open every day
The streets of Ronda
One of the things that my wife Zohara and I enjoy the most of the towns and villages, even the big cities, we visit is just "WANDERING" the streets and coming across small places of beauty or peace in them....some could be a park, or even just a fountain on a street corner, but all are little pieces of the lives that sometimes show you what the people who live here or there are like. If you can, just take the time to see what you can see aside from the big tourist attractions.
Horse-drawn Carriage rides
As we were walking back to our parked car in late-afternoon, this horse-drawn carriage clip-clopped past us with its load of a happy tourist family. We had previously noticed that this form of transportation for tourists seemed to be a staple outside the Cathedral in Sevilla as well. My DK Eyewitness travel guide on Andalusia says that "there is no better way to soak up the ambiance of Andalusia's fine cities than from the seat of an old-fashioned, horse-drawn carriage. Official tariffs are usually posted by the places where the drivers wait in line with their carriages. The price is usually 40 Euros for a 40-minute ride for four people...and the carriages can seat up to four passengers."
We did not see any line-up of carriages in Ronda in late-December but maybe there is during the main tourist season. Luckily the town of Ronda itself is fairly flat - I just hope those horses don't have to make trips down to the valley below under any conditions!
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Address: Doctor Cajal 7, Cruz Verde 7, Ronda, Costa del Sol, 29400, Spain