The walk to the Tajo del Abanico, named for the cave that looks like a fan (abanico), is a gentle walk measuring about 4.5km from the Almocabar gate at the entrance to the medieval walls of Ronda in the Barrio de San Francisco. It is of low difficulty, and takes you to a river valley filled with wildflowers in the spring and summer. (very hot in the summer months) Continue reading Walk from Ronda, Tajo del Abanico
A joint effort between the Ayuntamiento for Ronda and the Junta de Andalucía to clean up the terrible pollution in the Tajo del Abanico was today announced by Alberto Orozco, Ronda’s councillor for the Environment, with an expected cost of 200,000€.
Ronda Today has quietly campaigned to have the river cleaned up after we took photos of horrendous pollution whilst filming our video walk in the Tajo several weeks ago; see our Tajo del Abanico Ronda walk.
In fairness to the Ayuntamiento, the current pollution levels were caused by the flooding of late December 2009 which affected many parts of the Serranía de Ronda causing widespread road and property damage, however Ronda Today is very pleased to be informed that restoring the natural beauty of the Tajo del Abanico has been given a high priority at local and regional level.
A nearby area was until the early 1990s used for city waste, being home to the landfill until this was relocated away from the city. However the heavy rains over winter damaged the old landfill causing tp soild to run off, resulting in thousands of plastic supermarket bolsas becoming entwined around the trunks of several river trees.
Ronda Today has spotted old tyres, brake cylinders, metal paint cans, and other items of waste in the river, though this cleanup initiative is expected to fully restore the river to its former clean state.