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    Alameda del Tajo

    by solopes Updated Mar 2, 2015

    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.

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    New bridge

    by solopes Updated Mar 2, 2015

    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.

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    Old City

    by solopes Updated Mar 2, 2015

    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.

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    Arab baths

    by solopes Updated Mar 2, 2015

    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.

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    Mondragon Palace

    by solopes Updated Mar 2, 2015

    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!

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    Plaza del Socorro

    by solopes Written Jul 11, 2014

    Centrally located, this is one of the most touristy squares in Ronda, topped by Socorro church and lined with bars, and restaurants. A nice fountain stands in the center, above a covered parking very well placed but not easy to big cars.

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    Philip V arch

    by solopes Written Jul 11, 2014

    In the 18th century the old muslim bridge collapsed, and this new entrance was rapidly built, in 1742, with a less steep road, and an arch becoming the point to collect the taxes due to enter the city. Getting the name of the king by the time of its construction Felipe V, it was the city's main entrance until the construction of the new bridge.

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    Wandering around

    by shavy Written Jan 25, 2014

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    Keep moving along the wall and you'll end up at the entrance gate of the old Ronda after you walk down the street all the way back up to the bridge over the gorge

    For the most amazing views of the bridge itself you have now on the other side are exactly
    Walk from the bridge towards the old town, turn right into the narrow streets and looking to go to the Puerta de los Molinos

    From the square there is a path down . At first quietly , but soon it becomes more difficult path to walk. Perseverance ! At some point you reach the remains of an ancient fort , from there you can see the bridge are in full glory

    Just beautiful to looked at

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    The rock wall

    by shavy Written Jan 25, 2014

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    The most remarkable Spanish cities . Ronda is built on two rocks , which the 150 meter deep valley forms of the Rio Guadelevin

    Because of this vast valley , the city , as it were divided in half , while the houses on the edge of the gorge seem to balance

    To connect the old part of town and the new section together was in the eighteenth century, a spectacular bridge built which now has become a special tourist attraction

    From the bridge you have a fantastic view of the huge valley where the river Guadelevin a small stream seems to be

    Through stairs you descend a bit along the bridge , a popular attraction for sightseers . But who really wants to see the most beautiful view of Ronda there must insert anything energy

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    Puente Viejo

    by shavy Written Jan 25, 2014

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    The Moorish bridge is a real tourist attraction. The bridge and gorge are very special
    You can walk into the gorge for an even better view

    This "old bridge" located in a lower portion of the walls of Ronda
    This bridge was built to the construction of the new bridge, and was built in 1616 and used for pedestrians to connects from the old to the new town
    The bridge consists of one arch of 10 meters and is 31 meters high above the river

    During the 42 years of construction, many builders deceased. The room under the central arch was used as a prison. Beautiful is the view from the bridge over the beautiful countryside of Andalusia

    The gap of the bridge

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    The house of the Moorish king

    by solopes Written Jan 13, 2014

    The so called palace was built in the 18th century, when the moorish were already gone for centuries. The only real thing from Moorish times is a staircase, cut in the walls of the cliffs by slaves, to bring water from the river when the city was besieged.

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    Arena

    by egonwegh Updated Aug 8, 2013

    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.

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    Museo del Bandolero

    by GentleSpirit Updated Jul 30, 2013

    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.

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    City Fortifications- Puerta de Almocabar

    by GentleSpirit Updated Jul 30, 2013

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    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)

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    Centro de Interpretacion- Puente Nuevo

    by GentleSpirit Updated Jul 30, 2013

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    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.

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    Monday to Friday 10am till 6pm (10:00-18:00)
    Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 10am till 3pm (10:00-15:00)

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    Monday to Friday 10am till 7pm (10:00-19:00)
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