Ronda (city)

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The most famous feature of Ronda is the new bridge. Although it is built in the 18th century, it is called new, to distinguish it from the old bridge and the Arab bridge. Ronda is built on a tilted mountain, and divided in two parts by a ravine, formed by the river Guadalevin.

Houses on top of the cliff

The bridge

Around the old bridge, the ravine is some tens of meters deep. And at the position of the new bridge, it is almost 100 meters deep. 

Building the new bridge was a technical challenge. And it is probably built because it was possible, not because it was necessary. 

There were already two bridges, although the new bridge would have made traffic easier. Lots of tourists still come to marvel at the bridge and the cliff. Objectively, it is a pity the bridge was built in the 18th century and not 1 or 2 centuries later. The bridge fills a large part of the ravine with stone pillars.

A later bridge would (or at least: could) have left more of the ravine open.

Funny looking dog

Sweet little dog on a typical Spanish balcony. 

The church has a balcony

The tower of the largest church of Ronda is a rebuilt minaret of the former mosque of Ronda. The balconies in front of the church belong to the church, they can be reached from the icon museum.

Several paintings in the church are modern. This one represents the Last Supper. Jesus and the disciples are lying in Roman style, eating from little tables between the beds.

Last supper

Ayuntamiento This is the only city halls in Spain we have seen with an arcades-front. The police is also housed in this building. You can as well find a automatic teller machine

At a small plaza near the old bridge you can find these taps. The water from the eight taps is constantly running. The stones where the water falls are hollowed out by the constant force of the water. The water flows through holes to a pond behind the wall, so animals can drink here separated from people.

Fountain with 8 taps

A thing you should not miss in Ronda is the plaza de toros. It is probably the only one you can visit without going to a bull fight as well, and you can probably see more. In Ronda the modern way of bull fighting, with the torero on foot, has been developed.

In the museum it is explained that bull fighting is in the blood for Spanish people: there are Roman vases and even prehistoric paintings with people fighting bulls. Although in Ronda only one torero ever is killed by a bull, on most of the pictures the bull has blood-red horns. When you realize about 6 bulls are killed every fight, this seems not completely according to reality.

Plaza de toros

This is where they keep the bulls

At the back you can see the Spanish have a healthy fear of the bulls. The stables (only one bull per stable) can be opened by pulling ropes, so no-one has to come near the bulls. When you see the size of the horns and you imagine the weight of the bulls (several hundreds of kilograms), you realize that even a bull that is only frightened can do a lot of harm to an innocent stable-boy.

Whether you watch bull-fighting on TV, in the plaza de toros, or not at all, is not up to us. We think it is only exciting when the bull can really attack the torero. Give the bull a proper chance !!


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