Andalusia, Plaza del Socorro and Blas Infante

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

Pileta Paleolithic Cave Paintings at Benaojan

A few kilometres from Ronda, just outside the white village of Benaojan lies one of the most spectacular cave systems in Spain, and in the mouth of one, several galleries of cave paintings that are as old as 30,000 years, and were created by paleolithic people of Ronda before the last great ice age. Best of all, the caves are open to the public with a local tour guide to explain the significance of the artwork.

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Museums of Ronda

Ronda’s museums are a delightful way to spend a few hours for both holiday makers and residents alike. Children will love the Lara Museum, while adults may prefer the museum of wine, and art aficionados will positively love the collection of Joaquin Peinado.

Ronda Municipal Museum
Located in the historic Mondragon Palace (Palacio de Mondragon), the Municipal Museum of Ronda details our city’s history from the stone age to the present time with some very well made exhibits such as the Pileta Cave reconstruction, the stone age hut, iron age technology including sword making, the Roman period with an important exhibit on Acinipo, Moorish Ronda including a detailed exhibit of Arab funeral rites, and a very interesting display on life in Ronda’s heyday, the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Spanish Turron at Christmas

Christmas in Spain is a time of different traditions from England or America, and one of the traditions most loved by Spaniards at Christmas time is the joy of eating Turron after dinner.

Turron, which is pronounced Too-Rron, is bought and sliced into cubes and served on plates along with coffee or brandy, and typically given as a gift when visiting friends and family. In Ronda most supermarkets sell dozens of varieties of Turron, though the best quality Turron can be bought from the Campinas store in Plaza Socorro. Continue reading Spanish Turron at Christmas

Puente nuevo in Ronda closed to traffic end of 2017

IMPORTANT… For the rest of November and probably all of December 2017 and maybe into January 2018 the puente nuevo in Ronda will be closed to traffic due to essential maintenence work being carried out. This of course means that crossing by car from the new town (bull ring and Parador side) to the old town (museums) and San Francisco area is a bit more complicated than normal…

As of yesterday 12th November 2017 there were NO warning signs redirecting traffic so if you end up on the parador side you will drive down as far as the bridge and then use the roundabout to go back the way you came or take the side street and try to navigate the narrow streets… (Best not to do that :) )

The easiest way to get to the old town and hotels on the other side of the bridge from the Parador by car is to take the Algecirus road and enter Ronda via the area known as Barrio San Francisco… The junction for this and your main reference point is the new hospital on the road from Ronda to Dan Pedro… Once you find the hospital roundabout you will easily find your way to Barrio San Francisco and the old town…

20 Great Pictures from Ronda, Spain | Baby and Life!

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20 Great Pictures from Ronda, Spain | Baby and Life!

Our second stop of a family trip through Spain was Ronda, a city that was first settled by the Celts in 6th century BC and has since been occupied by the Roman Empire, the Visigoths, and the Berbers. Those who have visited the city will understand its appeal. Set atop a huge cliff that towers …

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