The Malaga municipality has become one of the main destinations to visit for the Spanish for its architectural wealth and the living preservation of the history of Andalusia
Visiting Ronda means knowing the heart of the province of Malaga and rediscovering the past of Andalusia through its Arab baths, palaces or bridges with a lot of history. In fact, Talk to primitive caves where you can contemplate Paleolithic art at Cueva de la Pileta.
Considered one of the towns with the most Andalusian essence, Ronda brings together numerous arguments to visit it and get lost in its streets and draw your imagination into what life was like at that time, contemplating historical monuments from the 18th century such as the Puente Nuevo Ronda., one of the main postcards par excellence of the Malaga town.
New Bridge Ronda
It has become the most emblematic building in the city. The first bridge was built in 1735, However, six years later it collapsed causing the death of 50 people. The second construction occurred in 1751 and inaugurated en1793, highlighting the great work of the architect José Martín de Aldehuela and even 1839 It was considered the highest bridge in the world with a height of 98 meters.
This soul of the city is built of stone masonry and there are two arches on the sides that support the structure that supports the street, fact that it did not have the first construction. As an anecdote, In the upper part are the dependencies of the bridge that were used as a prison in the early days of the bridge and later as an inn. At present it is a center for interpreting the environment.
The design of the bridge consisted of solidifying the ravine on which it sits in order to build an arch of 15 meters. The stone was obtained from the same Tajo de Ronda (It is the gorge on which Ronda sits, and through which the Guadalevín river runs) and izó 100 vertical meters. The height of the Tajo de Ronda is that of a building of 30 plants and the walls that serve as the starting point for the central arch have the same dimensions as the Giralda in Seville.
Bullring of the Real Maestranza de Caballería
Next to the Puente Nuevo de Ronda, it becomes the other emblematic monument of the city. The Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda is one of the most important and oldest bullrings in Spain. It was inaugurated in the year 1785 and the "Goyesque bullfight" became popular., in which the costumes of lights are replaced by other typical ones from the 18th century. Currently only one event is held per year: the Goyesca Fair (in September). It was declared as Asset of Cultural Interest in its category of Monument and was also designed by the same architect who finalized the design of the Puente Nuevo de Ronda, Martin de Aldehuela.
Alameda del Tajo
Known in the past as Alameda de San Caros, it is a walk full of wooded nature and a botanical garden that was built in the early 19th century. Don't forget to visit El Balcón del Coño, which receives its name for its short and intense description when looking out over it and contemplating the views of the viewpoint. Before we will go through the Plaza de la Merced where the Church of Our Lady of Mercy is located, which was built in the 16th century..
further, during this beautiful walk, ending the Alameda del Tajo park we will find the Paseo de los Ingleses located on the cliffs where the aforementioned vertigo balconies are located.
The Arab Baths are from the Nasrid period between the 13th and 14th centuries. The recent excavations carried out so far have made it possible to rescue the three bathrooms (cold, warm and hot) and the vaulted roofs that are connected by semicircular arches. They are conserved, also, part of boilers and water supply systems.
They have the uniqueness of keeping their entire structure, with the different rooms and facilities that organized it, being the largest and best preserved in the Iberian Peninsula.
The House of the Moorish King
The Casa del Rey Moro de Ronda brings together several monuments that are composed of three parts: a Muslim era water mine, a neo-Mudejar style house and a garden designed by Jean Claude Nicolas Forestier declared a Site of Cultural Interest 1943. It has a full extension of almost 4.000 m². The complex is elevated on the escarpment of the pit in the north of the ancient Muslim city, right at the opposite end of the Puerta de Almocábar and the old Alcázar. Currently the mine and the garden are open to the public for their visit.
Until the construction of the New Bridge in Ronda, in the XVIII century, It was called La Puente Nueva, and since the construction of the New Bridge it began to be called “Old Bridge”; This bridge put the city in communication with the emerging Mercadillo neighborhood. Of doubtful and debatable origin, it is believed that it was a Roman work rebuilt by the Arabs.
The bridge is of an arch of 31 elevation meters above river level. Some years ago it was restored, completely transforming the 17th century parapets that prevented the view of the Tagus in the background due to its height and paving it again. Likewise, Four balconies were opened over the river to appreciate from them the natural beauties of the Tagus and the landscape in the background.
It is undoubtedly the most significant civil monument in Ronda. Legend has it that it was the residence of the great King Abbel Malik, son of the Sultan of Morocco Abul Asan. It is currently the Municipal Museum of Ronda and houses in its facilities a permanent collection that offers a discourse on the history of the region supported by the different archaeological investigations carried out so far in the territory. Also known as the Palace of the Marquis of Villasierra, It is a Mudejar-Renaissance building.
But the city of Ronda, in addition to hosting the living history of Andalusia, also stands out for its great gastronomy. In Ronda you can find quality dishes with a lot of Ronda history and own-aged meats, both yearling veal and Iberian field bait pork in Scorching La Carreta Restaurant. Located in the historic center of the city, it is a restaurant with a varied menu and a formidable service to enjoy your visit to Ronda.