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Ronda is one of Andalucia's loveliest towns, steeped in history. It stands on a towering plateau in the mountains of Malaga Province, and is famous through Spain for the plunging river gorge which divides the medieval from the 18th century parts of the town. This gorge is known as El Tajo – The Cliff and is spanned by a stone bridge, which once housed a prison. Visitors love to peer down into the gorge, to see the waters of the River Guadalevín.

Ronda is also famous for its bullring, the oldest, and the most beautiful one in Spain; the arena itself is also the country's largest. When there are no fights, the bullring is open to visitors, and has a fascinating museum with many mementos of Spain's most renowned bullfighters.

Ronda is located 50 km – 1 hour's drive - from San Pedro de Alcantara on the Coast. The road winds up through the mountains of the Sierra Bermeja, and then descends into the Serrania de Ronda and the town itself.

One of the most charming and fascinating towns in Andalucia, it is very popular with day-trippers from the Costa del Sol, and has a wide range of cafés and restaurants. However, it retains all of its traditional charm and languid atmosphere.

Ronda stands on a mighty promontory, or outcropping, which made it impregnable to the Christian armies until the very last years of the Reconquest. This plateau is slashed into two main quarters by a deep cleft in the rock, spanned by the 18th century Puente Nuevo or "New Bridge", which is the chief landmark for all itineraries.

Modern (largely built in the 18th century) Ronda is the quarter to the North of the gorge, called El Mercadillo, with the Plaza de España, the site of Ronda's recently built Parador, the spectacular walkway along the river gorge with superb views of the countryside below. This walkway leads to Ronda's lovely "Mirador", with colourful flower beds and a railing for sightseers to lean against as they gaze into the distance. Just behind the charming "Mirador" is Ronda's famous bullring, one of the most beautiful and ancient arenas in Spain, made famous in the 18th century by a local bullfighter, the legendary Pedro Romero, who killed over 5,000 bulls during his career. You can visit the arena and its fascinating bullfighting museum.

You can walk from the Plaza de España and the bullring up the Calle Nueva, Ronda's pedestrian shopping district, where some of the shops still retain their traditional appearance and style.


RONDA ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
USEFUL ADDRESSES TRANSPORT
Tourist Oficce: Plaza de Mondragón, s/n. (Tel.:952 87 08 18/84 50) and Plaza de España, 1 (Tel.:952 87 12 72)
E-mail:
Málaga Train Station (RENFE): Information (902 240 202), Customer service (952 128 267)
Town Hall: Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, s/n. Tel.:952 87 11 71 Radio-Taxi: 952 87 23 16
Local Police: 952 87 32 40 Bus Station: 952 87 26 57
Health centre
Emergencies (24 hours): C/ Espinillos, s/n. Tel.:952 87 58 82.
Appointments:
Centro de Salud Ronda Sur: San Vicente de Paul, s/n Tel.: 952 87 49 44. Centro de Salud Ronda Norte: Espinillos, s/n Tel.: 952 87 56 75
Information: 952 87 15 40
 
Casa de la Cultura: Plaza de la Merced, 7. Tel.:952874442 Málaga Airport: 952 048 804/952 048 844
IBERIA: 952 136 166/952 136 167
Post Office: C/Virgen de la Paz, 20. Tel.:952 87 25 57
HISTORICAL MONUMENTS

Convento de San Francisco. (Monastery of San Francisco). (1.485) In the San Francisco street.
Puerta de Almocabar (Almocabar Gate). Provided access to the castle and the city 13th Century.
Puerta de Carlos V (Carlos V Gate). 16th Century Renaissance.
Iglesia del Espíritu Santo (Church of the Holy Spirit). Built in 1505 in the reign of Ferdinad the Catholic. Open from 10,00 to 19,30 h.
Santa Maria la Mayor. (s. XV- S. XVIII) Plaza de la Duquesa de Parcent. Was converted into a church by Ferdinand the Catholic Dates from the 13th Century and was the principal mosque. Open from 10,00 to 19,00 h.
Minarete de San Sebastian (Minaret of San Sebastian). 14th Century Islamic art, in the style of the Nazari dynasty of Granada.
Puerta de la Exhijara.
(Exhijara Gate). Old gateway to the Jewish quarter.
Baños árabes. (Arab Baths). Dating from the 13th, Century, these are very well preserved. Open from 9,30 to 14,30 and from 16,00 to 18,00 h. Sunday from 10,30 to 13,00 h. Closed on Monday.
Casa del Gigante (The Giant's House). Former Muslim palace (14th Century).
Palacio del Marqués de Salvatierra. (Palace of the Marquis of Salvatierra). With wrought-iron balconies in the style traditional to Ronda, this interesting building dates from the 18th Century. Open from 11,00 to 14,00 and from 16,00 to 18,00 h. Close on Thursday and Sunday in the evening.

CASA DE SAN JUAN BOSCO. Open from 10,00 to 14,00 and from 16,00 to 18,30 h. every day.
PALACIO DE MONDRAGÓN. Constructed by Abomelic King of Ronda in 1314, the palace has been the residence of kings and governors. Open from 10,00 to 19,00 h.; Saturday, sunday and festives from 10,00 to 15,00 h. Ticket: Ptas. 200. Students, pensioners and groups of more than 10 people: Ptas. 100
Iglesia de Nuestro Padre Jesús y Fuente de Los Ocho caños. (Church of Nuestro Padre Jesús). Fountain known as "Los ocho caños", the eight springs.
Posada de Las Animas. (Las Animus Inn). Dates from 1500. Cervantes stayec here.
Puerta de Felipe V. (Felipe V Gate). Constructed in 1742.
Casa del rey Moro. (House of the Moorish King). 18th Century palace which contains the 14th Century Ronda Mine.
Puente Nuevo (New Bridge). 18th Century bridge whose central part vvas used as a prison Symbol of the city.
Bull Ring. (1784) Open from 10,00 to 19,00 h. Closed on bullfigthing festival days.
Templete de la Virgen de Los Dolores. (S XVIII). Chapel of Our Lady of Los Dolores.
CUEVA DE LA PILETA Open from 10,00 to 13,00 and from 16,00 to 17,00 h. every day. Visit duration: one hour. Groups of 25 people at the most.
Puente Viejo (Old Bridge).

LEISURE TIME AND ACTIVITIES LOCAL FEASTS AND TRADITIONS
MUSEO DE RONDA Y LA SERRANÍA. In Palacio de Mondragón. Tel.: 952 878 450. Open from 10,00 to 19,00 h.; Saturday, sunday and festives from 10,00 to 15,00 h. Ticket: Ptas. 200. Students, pensioners and groups of more than 10 people: Ptas. 100
MUSEO HISTÓRICO POPULAR DEL BANDOLERO. C/ Arminán, 65. Open from 10,00 to 18,30 h. every day. Tel.: 952 87 77 85.
MUSEO TAURINO. In to the Bull Ring. Open from 10,00 to 19,00 h.
Closed on bullfigthing festival days. Tel.:952 87 41 32.
FUNDACIÓN CULTURAL UNICAJA. C/. Pedro Romero, 4.
Fiesta de la Virgen de la Paz (patron Saint of Ronda) January 24th
Feria de mayo: May
Feria de Pedro Romero:First Week in September
Goyescas - Carteles de feria: End of August
Las goyescas: September 8-9 th
Procesiones y pasos: Semana Santa
Rejones: After goyescas
Romería de la Virgen de la Cabeza: 2º sunday of June
Virgen de la Paz: 2º sunday of May
Feria de la Reconquista - 20th to 23rd May. Bullfights and Cattlemarket.
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