Guided Tour of Ronda
There are a lot of locations in Spain which are comfortable for traveling by car and perfectly accessible by road. Of all such places in Andalusia, Ronda definitely stands out as a unique combination of historical landmarks, engineering wonders, and cultural attractions. If to compare with other destinations in the south of Spain, Ronda is the most frequently visited city – and for a reason! Spectacularly located on both sides of the El Tajo gorge, Ronda attracts visitors in their own or rented cars coming from the whole of continent to take a picture of the breathtaking Puente Nuevo bridge.
If you book a guided tour of Ronda with Costa Excursions, you will enjoy a two-hour survey of the city with our official guide. The tour costs €250 per group and includes the best of what Ronda can offer. As you walk around the city, you will hear fabulous stories about its history, traditions, and gastronomic specialties.
The best place to start is the Puente Nuevo bridge, completed in 1793, which connects the new La Ciudad district with the older district El Mercadillo. The bridge looks dangerous and proved to be deadly for 50 workers, who lost their lives while erecting it over the gorge. When on the bridge, you can truly appreciate the rugged gorge and the beautiful landscape panorama seen from the top of it. Your next destination is the Cuenca Gardens, located right over the El Tajo gorge and offering spectacular urban views and panoramas of the countryside.
In the old part of the town, especially the Moorish quarter, you will be accompanied by the guide’s extensive commentary about myriads of things, all interesting and worthy of your attention. If you stroll the beautiful Plaza de España, you will reach the iconic Church of the Holy Spirit and the Church of St Mary the Elder. Of special interest are also the Arab Baths, the best preserved landmark of this kind in Spain, which was built in the 13th century. Ronda is the city whose old walls and gates remind of its rich Islamic past
Next, you will be offered to have a look at the historic birthplace of bullfighting in Spain, the Plaza de Toros arena, which was made famous by the Romero dynasty of bullfighters. The guide will tell you memorable facts about this old Spanish tradition and its most outstanding representatives. It is a common fact that the bullring in Ronda is the oldest one in Spain, so it is also highly recommended to visit the thematic museum on the site, frequently visited by devoted fans of this art, Ernest Hemingway in particular.
Ronda has always been a magnet for the noble and the rich. Medieval palaces and gardens, former residences of Moorish kings and merchants are to be seen everywhere. The Palacio de Mondragon which serves as the municipal museum now, is a fine example of such a residence constructed by King Abomelik and later inhabited by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabelle.
These are just a few things you can fit into this intense guided tour that will make your perfect first acquaintance with Ronda.
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