The VoiceMap GPS Audio Guide for Ronda

Recently, I was asked to create the VoiceMap GPS Audio Guide for Ronda.

For quite a few years now, the A4 printable guide has been selling steadily directly from Ronda Today and I have received many hundreds of emails from visitors, who have discovered the very best of a visit to Ronda, using the indepth information made up from the top 20 articles published here at Ronda Today.

But what better way to improve the guide? An audio guide of course!

https://voicemap.me/tour/ronda/ronda-andalucia-s-city-of-dreams-a-walking-tour

The VoiceMap GPS Audio Guide for Ronda

Listening to me along the way (and also some captivating guitar music from the amazing Paco Seco), you’ll pass breathtaking lookout points including the Mirador de Ronda and the Mirador de Aldehuela.

As we leave the new town behind us and enter the old, past the Mondragón Palace and museum we’ll visit Ronda’s former defensive border at the Puerta de Almocábar, and quake in the boots of history’s soldiers as you imagine approaching armies.

From there we’ll follow the old walls to the Arab Baths and the Puente Viejo bridge, before making our way back over Puente Nuevo. The tour ends in front of the Plaza de Toros, the Bullring of the Royal Cavalry of Ronda.

I’ll also provide answers to some intriguing questions like:

• What did Blas infante, the father of Spanish nationalism, do in Ronda?
• Why is one particular Italian priest famous around here?
• Who built the Puente Nuevo?
• Did Queen Isabella really visit Ronda?
• When did the Christian conquerors arrive?
• How important is bullfighting in Andalucia?

Creating the VoiceMap GPS Audio Guide for Ronda from the content here at Ronda Today has been a real pleasure and I hope that you enjoy walking the tour as much I did making it.

You can get the guide directly here: https://voicemap.me/tour/ronda/ronda-andalucia-s-city-of-dreams-a-walking-tour

A bit about VoiceMap

VoiceMap’s walking tour app gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace. You can start the walks at any time and stop whenever and wherever you like, for as long as you like. You don’t even need to hit pause. The app uses your GPS location to play audio automatically, at exactly the right time and place, and when you start moving again, playback will too. It also gives you directions, making it much easier to put your phone away and immerse yourself in your surroundings, not the screen.

You can download audio tours with a single tap before you leave your WiFi zone. They come with offline maps, and you don’t have to pay for data while you’re out exploring.

You can get the VoiceMap app here

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.voicemap.android&hl=en

IOS: https://apps.apple.com/za/app/voicemap-audio-walking-tours/id852027939


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Guided Tours to Ronda

There are some excellent guided tours and day trips to Ronda and the white villages (pueblos Blancos) of Malaga and Cádiz. Day trips start from from many of the nearby cities such as Seville, Málaga and the Costa del Sol area of Andalucia.

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Tourist guide to Ronda

We have received many emails from people asking for a printed version of Ronda Today so we have created a 21 page A4 essential guide (including city map) of Ronda and the Sierras from some of the most popular articles on this website.

If you are planning a trip to Ronda then you need this essential guide.

The guide contains Ronda Todays’ most important tourist information articles and includes a map of Ronda city, the most popular monuments and nearby places to visit including information on the Sierra de Grazalema and the white villages (Pueblos Blancos).  Just click the link below, pay via Paypal and you will receive an email with a link to download the guide to your computer. It’s a PDF document so you can store it on your machine and print it straight away.

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Damas Goyesca of Ronda

Since the inception of the Corrida Goyesca in Ronda’s September fair in 1954, the Damas Goyesca of Ronda have been the official representatives of the city, and welcoming committee for visiting dignitaries.

The role is exceptionally demanding, not only from the responsibility of the role, but also from the demanding schedule of training, and gown fittings before the build up to the week’s festivities.

So exceptionally popular have been the Damas Goyesca, that in 2009, a bronze statue of a Goyesca lady was inaugurated in Alameda park, directly across from the statue of Pedro Romero, Ronda’s most famous bullfighter.

Every year a president of the Damas Goyesca is chosen, usually she is a woman well respected in Ronda, someone who has earned the affection of the people of Ronda, and who is held up as a model of womanhood for others to emulate.

At the same time, fourteen younger Rondeñas are picked to support the president in her duties, typically the younger Damas Goyesca will be in their teens, and of course chosen for their beauty, as well as their grace.

Why the “Goyesca” Ladies?

Every year in Ronda several of the town’s ladies are chosen to be the Damas Goyescas, and represent the ladies seen in some of Francisco de Goya’s paintings of bullfighting and pageantry from the late 18th century. Many of Goya’s paintings were in fact commissioned by a tapestry workshop in Madrid, the aim being to print the paintings on fabric.

When Goya painted his portraits of nobility, the fashion of the day was for colourful fabrics, and matching accessories such as shoes, fans, hairpieces etc. The gowns worn by Ronda’s Dames Goyesca are not exact copies of those seen in Goya’s paintings, instead they are designed to reflect the matador designs seen in Goya’s paintings of Pedro Romero, so can be said to be complimentary rather than historically correct.

Some art historians argue Goya’s paintings of the Duchess of Alba are the inspiration for the gowns worn by the Damas Goyesca, and to a lesser extent this might be true, in that many of the simpler gowns worn by the ladies are very reminiscent. The more complex designs however have been developed in the 20th century in response to perceived fashions of the 18th century, and as such are even more stunning and beautiful than they would have been.

Each outfit can cost many thousands of Euros, everything is custom made to suit the lady, right down to handmade shoes and lace shawls. In addition, each Goyesca lady usually has another gown for less formal occasions, and perhaps a third for specific medal ceremonies.


The Grazalema Guide

The best way to see all our web projects in one place is over at the Grazalema Guide.

The Grazalema Guide – Tourist Information Portal for the Sierra de Grazalema, Wildside Holidays, The town of Ronda and the Caminito del Rey.

https://grazalemaguide.com/

Alameda Park and El Balcon del Tajo

Stretching from the Parador Hotel, around to Park Blas Infante, and along Paseo Hemingway there are some of the most impressive views in Ronda. The Alameda Park and El Balcon del Tajo changes to  the Paseo de los ingleses which takes you towards the bullring and Parador.

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The park area and gardens.

Whilst Ronda doesn’t have a botanic garden, there are several specimens of Pine, Acacia, and Himalayan Cedar that are listed on the notable trees of Malaga province for being more than 200 years old. The park is exceptionally popular with Rondeños and visitors alike for it’s formal paths, fountains, duck pond, and bird enclosure and a childrens playground. There are also public toilets by the childrens park but you do have to pay to use them.

At the front entrance of the park as you enter from Virgen de la Paz you’ll see the statue of the lady Goyesca. This monument is dedicated to the Goyesca Ladies and the sculpture depicts a woman dressed in costume in honor of the rondeñas. These are the women that over the years have had the opportunity to be chosen as the leading Goyesca ladies and presidents of the annual Ronda fair. A spectacular event where everybody dresses in period costumes whilst enjoying food, drink, concerts and equestrian events at the bullring.

Stunning views of the Sierra de Grazalema.

As you reach the railings and peer over, far down below, 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 grains and transport them to the mills that used to line the edge of the cliffs under Ronda’s hanging houses.

From the Alameda Park and El Balcon del Tajo, on the far side of the valley you’ll see the Virgen de la Cabeza cave church and beyond that the mountains of the Serranía de Ronda that stretch from Montejaque to Juzcar. Slightly to the right are the beautiful mountains of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. With 52,000 hectares of protected landscape and 14 villages within the park boundaries, there are around 20 peaks above 1000m above sea level creating an impressively sculpted landscape. The highest is “El Torreón” at 1654m (5426 feet) which commands fabulous views across the mountains and as far as the plains of Cádiz province.

The sierra de Grazalema is captivating as so much of it is accessible and can easily be explored with new wonders on every turn. There are many footpaths where you can view the diverse habitats such as – a shaded riverside, a high exposed mountain peak or vertical cliffs that are home to nesting raptors. If you are staying in the area for a few days then a trip to the village of Grazalema should really be on your bucket list.

Mirador del Ronda (La Sevillana)

The most impressive views of the valley and tajo gorge are further along towards the parador hotel and from the platform next to the open air theater close to Ronda’s Plaza de Toros. If you suffer from vertigo or are afraid of heights then don’t get too close or walk out onto the balcony… You can still enjoy the magnificent views and if you are lucky there might even be a musician playing to add to the atmosphere.

Who was Blas Infante?

Just before you reach the impressive viewpoint you passed a few statues. Orson Wells, Ernest Hemmingway and also Blas Infante, the father of Andalusian nationalism and who was responsible for one of the most important events in recent Andalusian political history, the Assembly of Ronda in 1918 when Blas Infante himself, unfurled the flag and symbols of Andalusia whilst standing on the first floor balcony of the ‘Circulo de Artistas’.

Alameda Park Photos

The Grazalema Guide

The best way to see all our web projects in one place is over at the Grazalema Guide.

The Grazalema Guide – Tourist Information Portal for the Sierra de Grazalema, Wildside Holidays, The town of Ronda and the Caminito del Rey.

https://grazalemaguide.com/

Ronda’s Water Mine under the Casa del Rey Moro

Carved into the cliffs of the ‘El Tajo’ gorge is a surprising mine and fortress that dates back to the Moorish era when constant wars in Al-Andalus required the city governors to protect water supplies to the people and defenders of the city. Ronda’s Water Mine under the Casa del Rey Moro was built during the reign of Ronda’s King Abomelic at the beginning of the 14th century, when Ronda was an independent Islamic kingdom on the frontline between the Christian north, and the newly developing Islamic Nazari Kingdom in Granada.

To reach the water mine it is necessary to first enter the gardens of the House of the Moorish King but before you do that I’ll tell you a little bit about it.

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Puente Nuevo and El Tajo Gorge

Puente Nuevo seen from the Valley
Puente Nuevo and El Tajo Gorge

One of the few cities in the world to be naturally split into two halves.  The city  of Ronda has the Puente Nuevo and El Tajo Gorge! The gorge also served as the most formidable defence Ronda’s enemies have ever tried to attack. Known as “El Tajo”, the gorge was created by constant erosion of the river Guadalevín.

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