El balcon del tajo de Ronda
El balcon del tajo de Ronda is a calling card of the city. It faces the gorge that divides the city into two parts: the old and the new. Due to the hundred-meter bridge over the gorge, this attraction is a good reason to come to Ronda.
The visitors can appreciate this natural and man-made greatness from different angles – standing on the bridge and looking down to the depth of 170 meters, on the side of the boardwalk, to see how the bridge connects the two sides of the gorge, and, finally, from the bottom of the gorge.
Do not be lazy, take a walk down the road, you can relax and have a cup of coffee in the tavern at the mill. What is more, on the edge of El balcon del tajo de Ronda there is the most famous hotel in the city, Parador.
Almost no picture of the city of Ronda is complete without its main attraction – Puente Nuevo, overhanging El Tajo. Although it is the youngest of the three bridges in the city, it is this bridge that has earned the title of Ronda’s visiting card. A stone structure consisting of three arches was erected at the end of the 18th century. The bridge is about 70 meters long and 98 meters high.
Beyond doubt, Puente Nuevo itself is an architectural delight, but its attractiveness would not be so great but for the picturesque views presented by the El Tajo gorge. The tourists who have visited the place, advise everyone to go down the gorge and see the local beauty from the bottom up. It is also noteworthy that inside the Puente Nuevo there is a small room that used to serve as a prison for local bandits.
Jardines de Cuenca
Jardines de Cuenca is a spiral staircase from Puente Viejo to the top of El Mercadillo. This beautiful attraction was built in 1975 and got its name after Ronda’s sister city. Jardines de Cuenca is divided into terraces at different levels on the edge of Tajo de Ronda, a gorge dividing Ronda into two parts. Jardines de Cuenca is full of the most beautiful local flowers.
The visitors are surrounded by palms, succulents, flower beds and evergreen trees. Jardines de Cuenca offers beautiful and unforgettable views of Ronda and Puente Nuevo. Iglesia de Padre Jesus and Puente Viejo are situated near Jardines de Cuenca, so the visitors have the opportunity to visit these three attractions with ease. It is better to visit Jardines de Cuenca early in the morning or in the evening for amazing sunsets.
Plaza de Toros de Ronda
A short walk from Puente Nuevo will take you to the neoclassical Plaza de Toros. It is one of the oldest two-tier bullfight arenas in the southwest of Andalusia, which was built back in 1785 by the project of the Spanish architect Martin de Aldeuel.
Ronda itself is considered the birthplace of Spanish bullfighting. Besides, in terms of the diameter of the sand circle, not the number of seats for spectators, it is the largest bullring in Spain.
In the museum, which is located nearby, there are exhibits dedicated to the theme of bullfighting: from the equipment of bullfighters and their horses to old posters and prints. At the entrance, there is a bronze monument to the Andalusian bull. Furthermore, a festive reconstruction of the bullfight is held annually.
An interesting fact is that in Spain, bullfighting appeared with the completion of the Reconquista in the 15th century. Despite the fact that bullfighting in Spain is not popular everywhere, its popularity is still great; there are more tourists among the audience than the Spaniards themselves!
Puerta de Felipe V
If you have no idea where to start your walk through the magnificent city of Ronda and you dream to enjoy spending time with your soul mate or family, keep calm and read our guide carefully.
Puerta de Felipe V is the best starting point of a long walk in the city which may make it possible to plunge into another world and learn more about Spanish history. Puerta de Felipe V is the gate built in 1742 during the repair of the old bridge, which had been destroyed.
It is the best example of neoclassical architecture. We recommend being careful to see the old stone known as “The Armchair of the Moorish King”. There is a wonderful panoramic view of Ronda’s monuments that should be visited or seen from the outside at least, such as the miniature palace of Nazari architecture – Casa del Gigante, Convento de San Francisco with its Gothic-Mudejar church and others.
Iglesia de Padre Jesús
Iglesia de Padre Jesús is a church that was built in 1485 by Catholic kings on the occasion of Ronda’s liberation. Iglesia de Padre Jesús had been built for 20 years and for a long time it was the only Christian parish in Ronda.
This church looks more like a fortress, and Iglesia de Padre Jesús is really very well fortified. Its walls are made of gray stone. Such a fortification protected the church from enemy raids, which were not uncommon at that time.
At first, you can see that Iglesia de Padre Jesús is mainly made in the Gothic style, but then you can also notice some elements of Baroque and Renaissance. Iglesia de Padre Jesús is decorated with stained glass windows. Inside the church, you can see the image of Virgin of Antiquity, a picture of the Descent of the Holy Spirit and a sculptural image of the Burial of Jesus.
Vicente Espinel, a Spanish writer, composer, musician and translator of the golden age of Spain, was baptized in this church.
Fuente de los Ocho Caños
After walking for hours in the hot sun, you will want to satisfy your thirst, sit in the shade and relax. We know what you need.
Fuente de los Ocho Caños is a beautiful monumental fountain located in a nice square in front of the church of the Iglesia de Padre Jesus. It is necessary to go by car because of its location and the steep slope. However, it’s worth visiting this historical monument built in the 18th century.
It is pleasant just to sit in the square imagining how people stood in the long queues for getting water many years before. Besides, one of the advantages of this place is the small number of tourists. You have an opportunity of making photos without worrying about the background.
Hurry up and find out the secret of the fountain, which has been functioning for more than 3 centuries.
Iglesia del Socorro
It is no secret that Plaza del Socorro is one of the most crowded streets in Ronda, and it cannot be denied that in many respects this is the merit of Iglesia del Socorro. It is an ancient church that will amaze you not only with its beauty and grandeur, but also with its interesting history.
Looking at this beautiful building, it is difficult to imagine that it was destroyed several times, but in spite of everything, Iglesia del Socorro was restored again and again. Today, you can see it as it has been preserved since the date of the last reconstruction in 1956.
The exterior of the church is noteworthy. Iglesia del Socorro was built symmetrically, with square belfries installed on both sides. The white facade is decorated with bright balconies, bars and other attractive details. The interior of the church, by contrast, is restrained and concise. Iglesia del Socorro is hard to miss even on such a busy street with many beautiful buildings, and this may be the reason why Iglesia del Socorro is one of Ronda’s favorite churches for weddings.
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