Bullfighting arena or bullring in the town of Ronda. In the halls adjacent to the ring itself, you'll find stables and two museums. One museum contains costumes, paintings, hand coloured drawings and decorations associated with bullfighting, the other contains among others a wide variety of old rifles dating back to the 18th and 19th century. These drew my attention because one of my ancestors was a Dutch soldier in the army of Napoleon who went to Spain in 1808/1809.
Ronda was once at the center of an area that had great problems with outlaws. This museum gives you a look into the life of the outlaw, how they survived, an outline of some of their exploits.
Much of what you will see in Ronda has to do with history of long ago and this museum is a real departure from that. Certainly a nice change of pace.
As museums go I preferred the Lara Museum nearby, but this was a good (not great) attraction in Ronda. There is a good history of bandolerismo in the area, particularly the Serrania de Ronda..the major personalities, their "accomplishments" and ends. Though well supported with a lot of articles I don't remember any of it being in English. It will give you a glimpse of Andalucia's equivalent of the Wild West.
The bottom of the Old Town is where you will find the mightiest walls. The only traffic that would have entered the city through this gate would be from Gibraltar/Algeciras...the coast. This is not where most of the traffic into town came from. Why then is the gate there the most spectacular of the city gates? Possibly it may have been considered the main gate to the city, given the size of the walls. The lovely plaza in front of the gate, open and airy, was once the city cemetery in Moslem times. Not usually where they would place the main gate to the city, no?
The Almocabar Gate was built in the 13th century. The Carlos V gate, honoring the first Hapsburg King of Spain, was basically carved out of the wall in the mid 16th century. (see below)
Located in the 60 meter squared space directly under the bridge this little museum gives you an overview of the construction and history of the bridge, though really it is more about the challenges and the actual construction process (and progress.)
When you see pictures of the bridge look directly under the bridge, the window you see, that's where this is located.
Supposedly this space has had a somewhat colorful history over time. It was apparently used as a prison/torture center. Hemingway talks about prisoners being thrown alive from this structure in "for Whom the bell tolls" though it is now said that this is just a great story by a great writer, not reality. Perhaps someone is hiding something?
Entry price- 2 euros. The museum is mildly interesting, but the views are phenomenal, well worth it.
Autumn and Winter
Monday to Friday 10am till 6pm (10:00-18:00)
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 10am till 3pm (10:00-15:00)
Spring and Summer
Monday to Friday 10am till 7pm (10:00-19:00)
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 10am till 3pm (10:00-15:00)
Located on the same plaza as my hotel, I stopped in to the tourist information office to have a look and see what they had. I seem to remember they had little in the way of hand out material but I got some nice suggestions about the museums to see in town.
They do have some nice things for sale. There are the obligatory posters announcing the bullfights and festivals, which are very colorful and might make a nice decoration back home. There were some nice books and some beautiful coffee table books. Of course, scenery like Ronda's tends to be a magnet for photographers, so a lot of the books they had were heavy on the photography.
Help was in English or Spanish. I'm fairly sure German and French were available as well.
Note- this service is run by the Junta de Andalucia, the regional government, rather than by the city government.
This was a pleasant find in Ronda. It is really more of a collection of a local resident than a museum proper. Not surprisingly, this museum at times had what seemed like a motley assortment of things that Mr Lara has collected over the years. I particularly enjoyed his collection of clocks. There is also a rather chilling exhibition of instruments of torture and a section on witchcraft.
Though the price of admission has been raised since I was there, I remember it was an enjoyable museum. It has a nice variety of things the owner has collected and is interested in. If given the choice of seeing this museum or the Museo del Bandolero nearby I would chose this one.
Located just two blocks from the Puente Nuevo, Ronda's Plaza de Toros is one of the oldest in Spain. It was constructed between 1779 and 1785. The Romero family of Ronda was considered some of the forefathers of modern bullfighting. Pedro Romero, for example, was credited with having fought almost 6,000 bulls without incurring serious injury.
As Ronda is somewhat small, the corridas are not as frequent as they are in Malaga or Seville. Ronda does have a unique corrida, which is called corrida goyesca. Here they dress up in costumes from the time of Goya. Nothing else is different from a normal bullfight, other than that everyone is dressed up.
I didn't go inside the bullring since I had already seen the one in Seville.
January_February 10:00-18:00 h.
March 10:00-19:00 h.
April-September 10:00-20:00 h.
October 10:00-19:00 h.
November-December 10:00-18:00 h.
Admission- 6.50 euros
Audioguide- 1.50 euro- available in English, Spanish, German, French and Italian
The Church of Padre Jesus (Iglesia Padre Jesus) was built in the early 16th century and is therefore one of the oldest churches in Ronda. The building consists of Gothic and Renaissance style elements.
In front of the church the famous Fountain of Eight Spouts (Fuente de los Ocho Canos) can be found.
The Fountain of Eight Spouts (Fuente de los Ocho Canos) dates back to the first half of the 18th century when it was comissioned by King Philip V. It was entirely constructed of stone.
The fountain shows Ronda's coat of arms and eight spouts with ornate rosettes on one side and consists of a water trough for animals on the other side.
The most important civil monument in Ronda, this Mudejar palace is today the city's museum. We decided to shorten the visit, skipping the museum, and having only a glimpse of the building itself, but, at the end we changed our minds. We thought that they were separated visits, and went straight to the wonderful yards and gardens, but, in our way out... we visited all the museum. The only problem was that we were moving in opposite direction to everybody. "Everybody" were, however, not many tourists, so we had no problem at all, but, when visiting the palace, take our advice and follow the signed ways to the museum - discipline is nice!
I read that the Arab baths, in the edge of the historic centre, are interesting remains from the 13th century, with evidence to the tanneries. Well, we have been close to it, but with a small child and his great-grandmother we had to sacrifice the steepest parts, which means that we saw it... from above.
Tajo is a large river that flows... far fro Ronda. However the name is commonly associated to the city, and to the canyon where flows Guadalevin river. Lining part of the canyon's rim, there a planted avenue, coming from the 19th century, with pleasant shades under the violent son of Andalusia, with good sightseeing points.
Built in the beginning of the 18th century This bridge became the symbol of the city. Modern architecture would make easy to link the edges of the narrow canyon, but centuries ago it had to be built from he bottom of it. 120 meters high, with strange proportions that make it... ugly, it is funny to see tourists searching the perfect angle to picture it, impossible to obtain from the city - you will have to descend a pathway in the canyon, and that... only the furious photographers will risk.
All the old ambiance of Ronda is concentrated in a small area, easy to walk around. Christians and Muslims remains share the space with the bright colours of Andalucia enhancing the whole. A very well elaborated street map, available free in the tourist office, will allow you to identify everything and to easily circulate in the narrow streets.
One thing you will notice walking around town is a fairly good number of shields over the doorways. What this means is that this is (or was) the home of a member of the nobility.
Remember, of course, that Ronda was one of the last Moslem cities conquered before the capture of Granada, which was the final Moslem city to fall to the advancing Christians. Therefore, Ferdinand of Aragon doled out special perks to those who were instrumental in these conquests.
Several of the Rondan nobility went on to carve out important positions in the settlement of the New World.