Ronda – The City Of Castles
The magnificent city of Ronda can be found in Malaga province of southern Spain, and it is probably one of the most culturally rich and most beautiful cities in the world. With a population of just 35,000 inhabitants, Ronda is a medium-sized city at best, which makes it a perfect destination for tourists and history enthusiasts alike. Also known as the “City of Castles”, Ronda encompasses architectural influences borrowed from Arabic, Roman, Phoenician and Celtic cultures.
Due to the fact that it is nestled within a highly mountainous area, this lovely city is also one of the most picturesque in the country, not to mention the fact that it is actually split in 2 by the Guadalevín River. The river is also responsible for the creation of the over 328-foot deep El Tajo canyon that the city overlooks. Naturally, since the geography of the site is somewhat inhospitable, Ronda is linked by 3 separate bridges that also happen to represent some of its most notable attractions. The Puente Nuevo is the tallest of the 3 because it was perched 390 feet above the aforementioned canyon, and even though its name states that it is the “New Bridge”, Puente Nuevo is actually quite old as it was built between 1751 and 1793. The other 2 bridges are called Puente Viejo (Old Bridge) and Puente Romano (Roman Bridge).
Since we’re talking about a Spanish city with deep historical roots, it might not surprise you to find out that Ronda is the host of an annual bullfight called Corrida Goyesca, which also attracts a fair number of local and foreign visitors. The event takes place at one of the oldest bullfighting arenas in Spain: Plaza de toros de Ronda, which was built in 1784 by José Martin de Aldehuela following the principles of the Neoclassical architectural style. History enthusiasts might also wish to visit the renowned Arab Baths that sit beneath the city and date back to the 13th and 14th century.
Whether you’re looking to admire its breathtaking views or you just want to take a closer look at its historically significant landmarks, Ronda will always surpass all of your expectations.