Directly under the Alcazaba on the city side of the hill-top fortress rests one of Malaga’s oldest architectural sites, the Roman Ampitheatre which dates back to the period before the birth of Christ, posibly as early as 200BC, and is believed to have been completed in the reign of the emperor Augustus. In fact it is now believed that despite the poor condition of the ampitheatre that it remains one of the oldest in Iberia, and is therefore a protected monument.
La Cuidad Soñada, the city of dreams, this is how so many eminent people have viewed Ronda. Those of us lucky enough to live here agree, but I’ll let the men of words describe Ronda because poetry is best shared with others. Read on…… :) Continue reading Quotes from Famous People who Stayed in Ronda
The Malaga bullring, known by Spaniards as the Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta, sits close to the main beach in Malaga city, giving the entire area its name. The Plaza de Toros can’t be missed as it is visible from Paseo de Reding, the main street connecting Malaga with her eastern villages in the Axarquia.
Built between 1874 and 1876, the structure is hexadecimal (a 16 sided polygon), has a central rueda of 52m, and after the renovations of 2010 can now accommodate 14,000 fans.
Bus: Exit the bus station and follow Calle San Jose to it’s end, then turn left into Calle Doctor Fleming (maps show it as Calle Jerez), and keep going till you reach the Ronda bullring.
Train: Exit the railway station and walk the length of Avenida Martinez Astein until you reach Carerra Espinel (known locally as La Bola), then turn right and keep going down hill through this pedestrian shopping street till you reach the bullring
Your first time in Ronda is likely to be quite confusing, Ronda doesn’t have a town centre like many other cities, mostly because Ronda is in fact a very large village, with things scattered around Ronda just like you’d expect in any smaller village. That said, the main tourism office is easy to find if you have instructions, so for those of you who arrive by bus or coach, keep reading. Continue reading Arriving at Ronda’s Bus and Rail Stations
Getting a taxi in Ronda will often involve calling ahead and requesting a pickup, this is because there is in fact only one taxi rank in Ronda despite there being several taxi pickup and drop off points.
Hailing a vacant taxi in Ronda is quite common, although many drivers on their way to a fare may not switch on the out of service light, so hailing a taxi may not always result in actually getting a taxi. If you are already in the commercial center of Ronda, the easiest way to get a taxi is to find the corner of c/ La Bola and c/ Juan José de Puya where most taxis wait for a fare. Continue reading Taxis in Ronda
Probably every visitor to Ronda passes under this arch on their way from La Ciudad into Padre Jesus or the other way. Back in the 18th century until the completion of the Puente Nuevo, the arch was the main entrance into La Ciudad, and was hurriedly built after the collapse of the old Arab gate in 1742. Continue reading Felipe V Arch (Arco de Felipe V)
The Plaza de Toros in Antequera is still one of the often used bullrings in Andalucia, where the art of the taurina hasn’t lost its legal right as in communities such as Catalonia. Within the Malaga province, the plaza de toros in Antequera continues to host corridas several times per year.
The bullring itself is often ignored by visitors to Andalucia due to its lack of fame, however this is a mistake for anyone with a genuine interest in architecture or the art of bullfighting. In fact the Plaza de Toros in Antequera is a very attractive building, and is surrounded by beautiful parklands close to the centre of the city.
Architecturally, Antequera’s bullring is built using locally manufactured bricks, with a facade of white painted walls, and post-independence lintels above the doors. Inside, the rueda isn’t large, though the yellow sand is always immaculately smoothed out.
Dating from 1848, the structure was rebuilt in 1984, in a style that reflects the city’s diverse architectural influences, and is considered one of the most attractive bullrings in Spain. The Plaza de Toros in Antequera is a prime example of a classic bull ring. It has a seating capacity of 8,200 people.
There is an excellent museum of bullfighting within the structure under the seats, which dare we say it, is often considered better than the RMR museum in Ronda. Numerous momentoes from former heroes of the art are on display, including a bronze statue by Sánchez Panadero and Clemente entitled ‘El Tiro de Mulillas’ (Mules dragging out a bull).
Antequera Bullring Photos
Almost a destination in itself, the Hotel Jardin de la Muralla is in the Espiritu Santo part of Ronda and overlooks the medieval walls of the city, and is next the first church built after the reconquest, the church of Espiritu Santo. The impressive Almocabar gate, one of the original entrances to the city is attached to the hotel.