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Located halfway between the Bullring and the Church Nuestra Señora de la Merced, RONDA GUITAR HOUSE is a unique space dedicated to Spanish music and in particular the Spanish guitar. The resident guitarist Pacoseco performs two concerts each evening presenting the Spanish guitar in both classical and flamenco styles.
There is an exhibition of hand-made guitars and their accompanying accessories(some for sale). Also offered are intensive short courses, weekly and one-off classes in both classical and flamenco guitar, practical advice on technique, posture, and discipline readily available.
Well worth a visit any time of year. Watch this video and listen to the beautiful sounds of Ronda Guitar House… :)
If you are visiting Ronda during the week from the 6th to the 10th of June 2017 then you are in for a treat as the Ronda Guitar House are running their Guitar Festival.
RONDA GUITAR FESTIVAL aims to put Ronda on the map as a meeting point to enjoy Andalucian culture, Spanish music and in particular the Spanish guitar. Celebrated over five days the Ronda Guitar Festival will host a range of interesting activities in which to participate. Fine Guitar makers will exhibit their hand-made guitars and be on hand to answer any queries. Internationally renowned guitarists will perform concerts in unforgettable venues, followed by the opportunity to attend a masterclass. There will be conferences and wine-tasting events to compliment the festival.
I highly recommend booking in advance because of the popularity of the concerts and the limited tickets available… get in touch with the Guitar House in Ronda to arrange your tickets…
If you are planning a trip to Ronda you should really think about paying a visit to the Entrelenguas language school. Well, it’s much more than a language school as they can offer you guided tours of Ronda, visits to vineyards, cooking courses, food tasting and tapas tours amongst many other activities. have a look at their website http://entrelenguas.es/
Located a hundred meters or so up the street from the Almocabar archway gate… Why not call in for a cup of coffee with these friendly people and get them to show you some corners of Ronda that you would never find on your own!
If you are visiting Ronda from the 19th to the 22nd of May 2016 then you are in for a real treat!
Beneath balconies draped with embroidered shawls and the streets bustling with people dressed as peasants, gypsies, bandits and figures from the Napoleonic War era Ronda is celebrating its Royal May Fair Festival “Ronda Romantica”.
The second oldest rural fair in Andalusia, and recreation of the fair’s atmosphere from the Romantic Age. Ronda is the perfect setting for this as it was an emblematic city for writers, artists, mule drivers and bandits in the nineteenth century. Equestrian shows, parades, horse riding tours, street performances, homemade foods, and a host of activities and events to entertain everyone.
You can get an idea of the atmosphere in this short film taken by a visitor to Ronda Romantica in 2014
The processions start on Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday this year is the 20th of March) and all are organized by the local Catholic Brotherhoods, and may involve several hours of hot sweaty walking through the city streets until the icon returns to its church at which point a party may start that lasts longer than the actual procession.
Women are often dressed in the finest outfits or in complete mourning black, children in communion dress, and men wearing robes with tall pointy hats unless they´re helping to carry the icon. Many will be carrying banners, or holding tall candles. In total there are 14 processions taking place in Ronda over 8 days.
Have a look at the promotional video for Semana Santa 2016…
Here is a PDF document (in Spanish) showing all the processions and times. semana santa 2016
IMPORTANT: If you want to stay in Ronda to experience the feria and all it has to offer then don’t delay in booking your hotel. Use the booking form to the right as soon as possible! Places will already be limited!