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Cradle of the bullfight

First a Celtic village, later the Roman "Laurus" and finally under the Arabs a rich provincial capital named "Hisn-Rand-Onda". The Moors lived in this privileged region almost until the fall of Granada. They finally capitulated in the year 1485 and handed it over to the Catholic Monarchs. Between the 16th and the 18th century it grew rapidly and during the 19th it underwent a period of stagnation.

 

Highlights

- Plaza de Toros
- Old part
- Pal. Mondragón
- Feria P. Romero
  (September)
 

 

 

General information

 

The extension of agricultural production and the rising importance of tourism are now the basis of the town’s economic development. The most of its 36,208 inhabitants (2014) live in the new part of the city, "El Mercadillo", which is divided by an old stone bridge over an impressive river gorge from the old medieval part, called "La Ciudad".
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To visit

La Ciudad (Old part) – the main attractions of Ronda are here, including the houses of old nobility.

Puente Nuevo
– bridge from the 18th century combining the two parts of Ronda. Good views over the gorge with the Guadalevín river and to the Sierra de Grazalema.

Palacio del Marqués de Salvatierra – noble house from the 18th century with a precious façade. From here there is a walkway across the Roman bridge ("puente viejo") until reach the

Arab baths
– very well preserved baths dating from the 13th and 14th.century and with impressive arches.

Santa María la Mayor church - built over of the old mosque during the 16th and 17th century in Gothic style and with some Renaissance elements.

Mondragón Palace
– Mudéjar palace from the 15th century, today site of the City Museum.

Plaza del Campillo – great view- point over the Tajo gorge. From here there is a winding walkway to the Cristo Arch. From there a nice view over the "Puente Nuevo" bridge.

El Mercadillo (Newer part of the city)
Plaza de Toros
– the oldest and perhaps the most beautiful bullring of Spain only a few feet from the old bridge. Constructed in the year 1785 in Neoclassical style with a Baroque doorway. Inside reside the Museo taurino (Bullfight Museum)

Templete de la Virgen de los Dolores
– 18th century building in Cecilia street. Curious for its statues at the front: these represent executed people.
 


 

 

Excursions

Pileta cave - 20 kms/13 miles southwest near Benaoján. Cave with prehistoric paintings. Other caves can be visited near Montejaque.

Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park – nature park, declared a protected biosphere, because rich in Spanish pine ("pinsapo") and with a large colony of mountain goats (approx. 20 kms/13 miles southwest).

Iglesia Rupestre de la Virgen de la Cabeza – small 9th century monastery, situated 3 kms/2 miles south. Good views over the town.

Tourist infrastructure

 

Tourist information
Plaza de España 8
Plaza de Blas Infante

Traffic connections
Regional trains (RENFE) to Málaga, Granada and Algeciras

Local roads to Arcos de la Frontera, Antequera, Coin/Málaga, Coast/Marbella

Accommodation
Approx.
20 hotels and hostels of different categories and prices.

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Tapa bars
Cervecería Quino; La Farola; La Giralda; Faustino, La Alhambra; Al Mocabar; Hermanos Macías; Benito; San Francisco

Restaurants
Don Miguel, C/Villanueva 4
Santa Pola, C/Santo Domingo 3
Doña Pepa, Plaza del Socorro
Sol y Sombra, C/Virgen de la Paz 26
Pedro Romero, C/Virgen de la Paz 18
 

Leisure

 

Shopping
New part: C/Carrera Espinel;
Old part: C/Armiñán
Ceramics, leather goods, rustic furniture


 


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