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Come and visit Ronda and the surrounding areas, or plan your itinerary around the most popular sites, and some of the lesser known things to do. Ronda is much more than the bullring and new bridge (Puente Nuevo). There are also the Arab Baths, the Water Mine, the Mondragon Palace, and outside the city, the Cueva de la Pileta, or the Dolmen structures at Antequera. Further afield are the beaches of the Costa del Sol, Sevilla’s cathedral and palace, or Cordoba and the Mezquita. And of course for discovering the beautiful Sierra de Grazalema have a look at Wildside Holidays – Grazalema

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’.

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The Grazalema Guide

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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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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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Pileta Paleolithic Cave Paintings at Benaojan

A few kilometres from Ronda, just outside the white village of Benaojan lies one of the most spectacular cave systems in Spain, Pileta Paleolithic Cave Paintings at Benaojan and in the mouth of one, several galleries of cave paintings that are as old as 30,000 years, and were created by paleolithic people of Ronda before the last great ice age. Best of all, the caves are open to the public with a local tour guide to explain the significance of the artwork.

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