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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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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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The Tourist Ticket (The best way to visit Rondas top attractions)

When you get to Ronda (even if you have found Ronda Today useful) the first place on your lisit of visits should be the Tourist Office which is located by the bull ring (Plaza de Toros.) It is here that the English speaking staff can give you the most up to date info on whats going on in Ronda such as concerts, exhibitions and sell you the “tourist ticket”.

The “Tourist Ticket” (Bono Turístico in Spanish.)

The new Tourist Voucher “Bono 8 Monumentos” has now replaced the old Bono Turístico.

This one price ticket allows you access to some of the “on the list” places to visit in Ronda.

You can buy it at the main tourist office (by the bullring) or online at this link: https://www.turismoderonda.es/en/ronda/que_ver,experiencias_actividades/arquitectura_plazas_monumentos,experiencias_y_actividades_/bono_8_monumentos

  • The interpretation centre of the new bridge (Puente Nuevo)
  • the Palacio de Mondragón (The Museum of Ronda)
  • The Arab baths
  • Unicaja Joaquín Peinado Museum , in memory of the work of the Ronda painter Joaquín Peinado
  • Casa del Gigante. One of the few examples of Nasrid culture in the province of Malaga
  • The Lara Museum , where you can enjoy different works of art and antiques from the private collection of Juan Antonio Lara
  • Casa Don Bosco , a modernist style mansion built at the beginning of the 20th century by Santiago Sanguinetti, where its beautiful Nasrid tiles, 19th century tapestries and its beautiful patio stand out.

Prices are 20 euros per adult 14 euros for pensioners and 14 to 18 year olds. Children under 14 go for free.


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Top 10 places to visit in Ronda During Your Stay

What is Ronda known for?

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. So, If you’re planning to visit Ronda here are our top 10 places to visit in Ronda During Your Stay.

Ronda is a small city, and almost everything is within 500m of the Puento Nuevo (new bridge)

Practise you language skills and read this article in Spanish here…

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