(Plaza Socorro in Ronda was remodeled in 2019 with a new fountain and the statue of hercules moved closer to the old Casino on the same Plaza.)
Visitors to Ronda are often very confused as to why our central plaza Socorro features a statue of a semi-naked man with two lions by his side and a couple of pillars behind him. What is their significance?
The answer lies in Andalusian nationalism and one of the most important events in recent Andalusian political history, the Assembly of Ronda in 1918 when the father of Andalusian nationalism, Blas Infante, unfurled the flag and symbols of Andalusia whilst standing on the first floor balcony of the ‘Circulo de Artistas’; the building directly behind the fountain with red CA lettering above the windows. Continue reading Andalusia, Plaza del Socorro and Blas Infante→
Sometimes it is easy to forget how inspiring the Ronda bridge on the Tajo gorge actually is. It’s photographed from the air, from below. It’s painted by artists from all over the world, used in films, TV adverts and adored by the people of Ronda.
Recently, a family of architects and engineers from Russia (Moscow) visited Ronda for the second time. They love Spain and especially the city of Ronda and the bridge “hovering over the abyss” made a great impression on them and their son Valentine. So much so that he decided to study the history of the Puente Nuevo and make an architectural model.
The whole family helped build the model out of Cardboard and paper and Valentine took part in a model competition and also gave a speech at the research school conference telling the audience the history of the bridge in Ronda and about the city itself
I am so pleased to know, that the amazing bridge and beautiful city of Ronda stll inspires young people like Valentine to discover and learn!
If you are staying anywhere on the Costa del Sol such as Malaga, Marbella, Estepona, Fuengirola, Benalmadena etc then a good option for visiting Ronda is with Costa Excursions. Read on for information about this fantastic guided trip to Ronda.
Ronda Tour Overview
This classic day trip from the Costa del Sol is a tour to the beautiful and historic city of Ronda. Perched on a buttress of rock and surrounded by the high peaks of the nearby Sierras, the town is divided in two by the El Tajo gorge, and its two halves connected by the famous “Puente Nuevo”. Ronda is a city of stunning views, due to its mix of natural beauty, being surrounded by the rugged limestone peaks of surrounding natural parks, its beguiling labyrinth of streets, impressive palaces, mansions and churches and convents as well as thousands of years of history and culture.
Experienced and friendly guides will show you the best views, the most interesting corners, the most beautiful gardens and buildings enabling you to truly experience the best of this stunning city and also to enjoy some of the best tapas the area has to offer!
This Ronda day trip is a fantastic day in the heart of Andalucía and an unforgettable experience. The Ronda tour as with all the day trips and excursions organised by Costa Excursions are private tours, meaning that you get a unique and intimate experience and can enjoy the day at your own pace.
About Costa Excursions
Running since 2016 and offering unique private experiences for those who like to consider a trip as an opportunity for personal enrichment, adventure and a chance to experience the Spanish culture in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
A family-run business run by brothers in law Thomas Liedtke and Peter Fischer who take customer service seriously.
Your own private tour guide with pick up & drop from anywhere on the Costa del Sol – Malaga, Fuengirola, Marbella, Estepona etc
Carved in the cliffs of the ‘El Tajo’ gorge is a surprising mine and fortress that dates back to the Moorish era when constant wars in Al-Andalus required the city governors to protect water supplies to the people and defenders.
The Water Mine was built during the reign of Ronda’s King Abomelic at the beginning of the 14th century, when Ronda was an independent Islamic kingdom on the frontline between the Christian north, and the newly developing Islamic Nazari Kingdom in Granada. To reach the water mine it is necessary to first enter the gardens of the House of the Moorish King.
The House of the Giant, otherwise known as the Casa del Gigante in Ronda’s old city is one of the most complete examples of Nasrid architecture outside of Granada and definitely a destination that should be on your list of places to see in Ronda.
Located in a quiet plaza behind the Santa Maria La Mayor church, and directly across from the Museo Peinado, the Casa del Gigante is just 2 minutes walk from the Puente Nuevo and Plaza d’España, and not too far from the Mondragon Palace. A statue of Vincent Espinel is located directly in front of the entrance to the House of the Giant. The palace was already more than 100 years old at the time of the fall of Ronda to Ferdinand’s army in 1485 and apart from some redecorating in the 17th century is still largely complete as a Moorish building. Continue reading Casa del Gigante→
For nearly 700 years Ronda was an Islamic city, and during this time is believed to have had 7 or 8 mosques, none of which exist today, except for the Minaret of San Sebastian which was converted into a bell tower after the adjacent mosque was reconsecrated a Christian church. It was here in 1485 that Ferdinand II is believed to have ordered a mass to offer thanks for the capture of Ronda.
The mosque wasn’t particularly large, but being the closest to the central mosque frequented by the city’s rulers and elite families, the mosque in Plaza Abul Beka probably served as the main mosque for merchants and middle ranking families of the city.