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Puente Nuevo

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  • Day14

    Ronda

    July 11, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    The town of Ronda is one of the most beautiful places in Spain. It's famous bridge is spectacular, and our hotel is literally on the cliff overlooking the bridge. Construction on the bridge began in 1751 and it boggles the mind how large a task it would have been. It is 120m high above a narrow canyon through which a river runs.

    The whole of Ronda is elevated above the countryside around it. There are many places from where magnificent views can be savoured.

    Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway both spent many summers in Ronda and wrote about how they loved the town, its beauty, rugged cliffs and its long tradition of bullfighting.

    The narrow streets and the white buildings are so characteristic of this area. It is one of the most beautiful towns in Andalusia, if not Spain itself. We are only spending one night here, which seems hardly enough.
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    Fiona Carroll

    Amazing, this bridge showed up on my FB feed today and my thought was I wonder if Simon has seen this. I concluded that the chances were unlikely. So there you go, you have.😄 Looks interesting. 😊

    7/13/18Reply
     
  • Day14

    Bullring in Ronda

    July 11, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    The bullring in Ronda is famous in Spain. Hemmingway wrote extensively about bullfighting and spent a lot of time in Ronda. I visited the bullring and toured its facilities, museum, bull handling yeards and the ring itself. For a town on only 30,000 people, it has a significant place in the history of bullfighting. Apparently the style of bullfighting differs in each area of Spain, and the toreadors in Ronda take a slightly different approach to those in Seville, who try to impress with flourishes and graceful turns and dance-like moves. Its a bit more stolid in Ronda, if I understand it correctly.

    The bullring here had more areas open to the public than the bullring in Seville. I could actually stand in one of the eight stalls that hold the bulls, which are released one by one and they run in a straight line from their pen, into the daylight of the ring. They are furious and a bit disoriented when they enter the ring, and are ready to take on whoever is standing in the ring wearing fancy clothes and waving a red cape around.

    The tour of the bullring was very interesting. I would like to see a bullfight but they are not taking place in the heat of summer.
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  • Day207

    Ronda

    November 8, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We took the bus, well 2 buses to go to Ronda up,in the hills elevation 738m apparently. Local Bus trip was the traumatic part as although we arrived at the stop early the bus was very late and proceeded to do a couple of out and back legs on the way to the main station, we arrived with 1 minute to spare and still had to buy the tickets but we needn't have worried the coach from Torremolenos to Seville via Ronda was also late. After a small diversion via San Pedro we headed up into the hills gradually making winding way. 75 mins later and we were there, just a 5 min stroll to the 'new bridge' over the 120m gorge, that takes you to the old town. As you can see there was some stunning scenery, we visited the local museum to read about the history of Ronda and also something they call the mine.
    Photo 1 is new bridge from top, photo 2 is looking up at it from the other side, we walked all the way down and back up. Photo 3 shows the old bridge and the view beyond, photo 4 is the exterior of the mine which was so the literature said supposed to hold secret bathing places for queens, slaves formed a human chain to bring water up from the river below. Photo 5 is again of the view the old town of Ronda sits atop a plateau almost, photo 6 is of the Moorish baths at the base of the town by the old Roman bridge which isn't Roman at all but Moorish.
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    Claire Wallace

    Wow guys!! You got so far!! Hope you're having fun 😘

    11/11/17Reply
    Cruising donkeys

    We are having fun and collecting stories mostly about lousy boat handling

    12/4/17Reply
     

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