This is a complete list of mass times for the many churches in Ronda. We hope you find it useful.
Stretching from the Parador Hotel, around to Park Blas Infante, and along Paseo Hemingway, you’ll find some of the most impressive views in Ronda in the Alameda Park before the cliff top walk becomes the Paseo de los ingleses.
Far down below, actually as much as 200 metres at its deepest point lies the valley that in Moorish times was the wheat growing heart of Ronda, from which farmers and their laborers would collect the wheat grains and transport them to the mills that used to line the edge of the cliffs under Ronda’s hanging houses.
Most of the visitors who stay in Ronda for a few days or more also want to see other parts of Andalucia, and the tiny British colony of Gibraltar with its quaint charm is often high on the list.
Many British expats who live in Ronda or the Costa del Sol will visit a couple of times a year to shop in Morrisons supermarket, but visitors want to see the rock and her Barbary monkeys, Europa Point, or just wander around and experience the curiously British colony that confuses with it’s native Spanish dialect and English fish and chip shops.
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.
“Flamenco”—the word calls up an image of a slender dancer in an elaborate, ruffled costume with her fringed shawl and her castanets. Certainly, this stereotype has been perpetuated in everything from airline posters to dolls made for souvenirs. To some, this is flamenco for tourists, as they embrace the cante jondo, the deep song of agonizing lament sung by a man, a cantaora, without accompaniment, or with a single guitar. This, they claim, is authentic flamenco, the blues of Andalucía, improvised in jam sessions called juergas, sung because it must be sung, not because someone is listening or watching.
The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced is one of Ronda’s more curious churches, and is also a convent for the nuns and priests of the Discalced Carmelites of Ronda. La Merced is more correctly a basilica since it is home to a holy relic, the incorruptible hand of Saint Teresa of Avila and the story behind this is in itself worth telling even if you never visit the church, although if you come to Ronda you’ll most certainly see the church as you pass by.
If you don’t mind a short walk of ten minutes after leaving the Puente Nuevo, just keep walking all along that same street, known as Calle Armiñan, for about a 700m. At the bottom of the hill you will find the old wall that used to protect Ronda from attack. Within the wall are two gates that were the main entrance to Ronda during Moorish times.
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.