Andalusia, Plaza del Socorro and Blas Infante

(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

Zahara de la Sierra, Pueblo Blanco in the Grazalema Natural Park

Nestled under the mountain that gives the village its name, Zahara de la Sierra is one of the pueblos blancos of Cadiz province, and is only 30 minutes drive from Ronda, or an hour from Jerez de la Frontera. Completely within the Grazalema Natural Park, and with the district’s largest lake at its base, as well as the beginnings of the Garganta Verde walk just outside the village, Zahara is rightly quite central to experiencing the Sierra de Cadiz.

Arriving in the village you are immediately struck by the sight of the fortress tower sitting on a narrow plateau at the top of the mountain rocks, and the white buildings wrapped around the mountain base which makes Zahara a popular village to photograph from afar with some of the best views being at the southern end of the lake on a clear blue sky day.

Go straight to booking a hotel in Zahara de la Sierra

Continue reading Zahara de la Sierra, Pueblo Blanco in the Grazalema Natural Park

Bullfights and Bad Guys, Ronda’s Provocative Past

It’s not often that I take guest posts here at Ronda Today but I quite like this informative article written by Georgina Roake (the Library Lady) after her visit to Ronda.  At the bottom of this page you will find a link to her website and blog. Thanks Georgina! :)

“Ronda is one of Spain’s most popular travel destinations. Home to scores of stunning views and a famous bridge, it’s also known for its flamboyant past. Early inhabitants were a colorful bunch, with a large percentage of bandits, highwaymen, and bullfighters filling out the ranks. Many of these legendary men, and sometimes women, hailed from Serranía de Ronda and surrounding Andalusia. Continue reading Bullfights and Bad Guys, Ronda’s Provocative Past

The inspiring bridge in Ronda

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!

Well done Valentine Tselikov! :)

Read the history of the Ronda bridge here…

Guided tour to Ronda with Costa Excursions

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.

Full information here on the website of Costa Excursions.
https://www.costaexcursions.es/tour/private-day-trip-to-ronda/
or call them on +34 952 587 644

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

Full information here on the website of Costa Excursions.
https://www.costaexcursions.es/tour/private-day-trip-to-ronda/
Or call them on +34 952 587 644

Top Buggy – Drive a buggy excursions around the Ronda Countryside

Would you like to drive some spectacular routes through stunning landscapes barely frequented by tourists or even by locals? Top Buggy is based in the countryside close to Ronda and uses Polaris RZR and CFMoto buggies that are comfortable and are equipped with top brand long-distance suspensions which makes them super fun to drive.

Guided excursions with 2 or 4 seater buggies for couples and families and with 10 vehicles they can cater forgroups of up to 28 people. During summer there are night trips. And in winter, with luck, you can drive on one of the few snowy scenarios in Andalusia. Magical and unforgettable.

You can even record the experience with GoPro video cameras that are supplied upon request and later you will be able to download the experience without any additional cost.

Top Buggy also have a hire service for lightweight 125cc scooters so you can discover the stunning Serranía de Ronda and its white villages with the wind in your face. You can rent a moped from 1 to 4 days it comes with a full tank of gas and a helmet. With about 300 km to a tank, you’ll probably run out of day before you run out of fuel!

Find out more and reserve your buggy adventure on the website of Top Buggy Here.

Top Buggy is a legally established Active Tourism company registered under the AT/MA/00174 licence.

Ronda – Tourist Information – Hotel booking – Activities – Events in Ronda and Surrounding Villages. Telephone 0034 681 14 70 24

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