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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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La Casa del Jamon – Deli-Wine Tasting-Bar-Museum

Not only a fantastic shop and “museum of collectables” but a perfect place for breakfast as well, la Casa del Jamon – Deli-Wine Tasting-Bar-Museum is located halfway between the hotel Reina Victoria and the Plaza de Merced.. (uphill from the bullring by about 600 metres)

The shop is filled to the brim with a superb display of jamon Iberico- wine -cheese and oil (Iberian hams, Iberian chunks … Etc.) There is also a cafeteria-bar where all the products on display can be sampled either sitting at the bar or at the tables amongst what can only be described a “museum of Spanish nostagia”.

Inside the fantastic shop the restaurant is small and cosy and is a place where you can have a breakfast for very good prices. Try the sandwich with local jamon, coffee and fresh orange juice for 5 euro.

Or, try a tapas in the afternoon or evening… A plate of “Cinco Bellotas” and a glass of Ribera del Duero is a fantastic treat sitting at the bar whilst watching eveybody come and go…

Surprisingly enough this is also a great place to get a small present for friends and family back home.. Tins of cured meats travel easily enough!

This place should definately be on your bucket list for Ronda. :)

Calle Jerez, 14 29400 Ronda
Phone: 952 87 15 96
Fax: 952 87 15 96
Email: info@lacasadeljamon.net

Open every day except SUNDAY 9am to 9pm

Anything on the shop shelves is also available to purchase online with free delivery for purchases over 200 euros so check out their website and facebook pages for more information…
http://www.lacasadeljamon.net/web/en/
https://www.facebook.com/lacasadeljamonrondamarbella/


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/

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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Bullfights and Bad Guys, Ronda’s Provocative Past

It’s not often that I take guest posts here at Ronda Today but I quite like this informative article written by Georgina Roake (the Library Lady) after her visit to Ronda.  At the bottom of this page you will find a link to her website and blog. Thanks Georgina! :)

“Ronda is one of Spain’s most popular travel destinations. Home to scores of stunning views and a famous bridge, it’s also known for its flamboyant past. Early inhabitants were a colorful bunch, with a large percentage of bandits, highwaymen, and bullfighters filling out the ranks. Many of these legendary men, and sometimes women, hailed from Serranía de Ronda and surrounding Andalusia.

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