Ronda is one of the oldest towns in Europe, people have lived in the district for more than 30,000 years, and Ronda has been occupied for 9,000 years.
If you’re planning to visit Ronda here are the top things to do to help you enjoy your holiday. Ronda is a small city, and almost everything is within 500m of the Puento Nuevo bridge. Tourist office maps are printed in Spanish, English, German, French, Dutch, and Italian.
Millions of people speak Spanish in countries throughout the world – it is one of the most widely-spoken languages today. On top of this, it is similar to other members of the Romance language family, which are widely used across Europe and the wider world. This makes it easier to learn for people who have already mastered another Romance language, and means that it can act as a gateway for those who wish to learn more languages. These are two of the principle reasons for the huge popularity of Spanish as an accessible and useful second language to learn. And with the right school, learning Spanish becomes not only easy and accessible, but also enjoyable and rewarding.
Escuela Entrelenguas, in Ronda, is – as their website states – “like a cocktail shaker; a mixture of ingredients that gives you the taste of a cultural experience like no other. Travellers, learners and locals all meet here because we share a common interest – to get to know Ronda in a different way”.
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Now you too can throw yourself into this heady mix of language learning, cultural events and sustainable tourism, with a new semi-intensive programme for beginners that will run from January 16 to February 11. A one-month course for beginner learners who want to learn in an effective and intensive way, while also taking time to enjoy all of the huge range of delights that Ronda has to offer. Lessons are taught by university-qualified teachers and will take place in the morning, three days a week for two hours each session.
The course will be taught through an immersive and communicative approach, combining fundamental classroom learning with day-to-day immersion and real-life practical application. The price is 140€ plus registration fee, which includes your course textbook.
Don’t miss this opportunity – there are still a few places left! And don´t forget that you can find your accommodation through Ronda Today! Just use the booking form to the right… Or click here.
Visitors to the mountain top pueblo blanco of Gaucín are rewarded by the finest views down over the rock of Gibraltar, into the Rif Mountains of Morocco and many kilometres beyond on a fine day. The village itself sits amongst forests of pine and sweet chestnut, is a mecca for wildlife and straddles the peaks like a lizard stretched out in the sunshine. Gaucín is well known for its artistic community drawn from around the globe by the Mediterranean light which illuminates the landscape and provides never-ending inspiration for painters, photographers, ceramicists and other artisans.
Pro-photographer Geoff Scott-Simpson has lived in Gaucín for two years and continues to be blown away by the beauty of the area which he has turned into a personal project. Being a resident rather than a visitor has meant he has familiarized himself with the local patterns of light and rhythms of nature thereby capturing the best of what Gaucín and the Serranía de Ronda has to offer which is simply world class. His eponymous gallery is located at the entrance to the village on the A-377 Manilva road.
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
Visitors to Ronda are often confused about why our central plaza 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, and why do so many people take photos of the fountain?
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→
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