en.infoglobe.cz » Spain, Ronda – A City on the Edge of a Cliff

Spain, Ronda – A City on the Edge of a Cliff

Published: 17.8.2018
The city of Ronda can be found in Spanish province of Andalusia Spain. The city lies on a plain that is introduced by a steep cliff, which gives it a truly unique look. Besides, you are sure to like the local culture which is mainly known for bullfighting aka corrida, and bandits. If you known the famous novel by American writer Ernest Hemingway Whom the Bell Tolls you maybe know that the novel takes place place during the Spanish civil war. Perhaps you remember Ronda from there, because part of the story took place here.

The Puente Nuevo bridge is totally iconic  for the city and that's why we start at this 

most Puente Nuevo

spectacular piece of architecture. It was built at the end of the 18th century and, as you can see on a picture in this article, it is a splendid example of the craftsmanship of the time. The bridge is 70 meters long and spans across El Tajo gorge, almost a hundred meters above the ground. The Puente Nuevo, or the New Bridge, links La Ciudad with the old Moorish quarter, El Mercadillo and the modern part of the city.

When you walk across the bridge, you will surely enjoy wonderful views down the gorge and also into the wide surroundings. On the other hand, if you walk on the trails leading through gorge (going through the longest one will take you about half an hour) you will certainly pull out the camera and you'll strenuously try to capture this fascinating work of human skill.

Now, let's take a look at the town itself and at its most important place situated in the El Mercadillo neighborhood. As we mentioned above, Ronda is known for bullfighting. The place that is associated with this controversial "sport" the most is the Plaza de Toros. Francisco, Juan and Pedro Romero are one of the most famous matador players since they laid the foundations for today's bullfights in the 18th and 19th centuries.


In this context, we must mention Ernest Hemingway and his book Death in the Afternoon. It is not a work of fiction as you would have expected, but a non-fiction piece. The topic of the book is bullfighting and everything related to it. Hemingway himself visited about 1500 bull fights so you can expect his view to be quite elaborate and interesting to read.


In order to get you closer to Plaza de Toros - it is a monumental arena with a diameter of 66 meters. The circuit consists of 136 Tuscan-style columns that support 68 arches. The arena was built just a stone's throw away from the Puente Nuevo in just six years and between 1779 and 1785. Today, bullfighting takes place here only during the Pedro Romana festival in September. If you do not have time to see this, you can at least go to the Museo Taurino, which is open all year round.

Plaza de Toros

Last but not least, we will visit a hidden treasure - the thermal baths that built the Moors between the 13th and 15th centuries. They are actually the best preserved baths of its kind in Spain. Baños Arabes, as they are called, can be found near the Puente Viecho right at the outskirs of La Ciudad district. The baths are very similar to ancient Roman baths. It includes everything - a cold, warm and hot baths. Architecture itself is typically Moorish. Unfortunately, people may bath there no longer. You can see it only as a tourist.


So are you ready to visit this less known piece of Spain?

GPS: 36°44'49.2"N 5°09'57.7"W


Text: Maxim Kucer

Photos: Wikipedia.org: TheBoxagon, Olaf Tausch, Wolfgang Moroder, Mihael Grmek, cloudsoup

Discussion at the article (0)

Related Articles

Spain, Andalusia – Trip for Romance I
Published: 17.5.2015
Whether you are lured by noisy streets of Sevilla, rhythm of flamenco and Sevillans, mystery of Cordoba, charm of Cadiz, or beauty of Granada with the Sierra Nevada in the background. You simply can’t let this slip away...

Spain, Marbella – Picturesque City I
Published: 12.10.2018
Marbella is a beautiful and also clean city. It is situated on the famous coastline strip known as Costa del Sol. Marbella's promenades are lined with palms, luxurious beach clubs, and golf courses.

Spain, Marbella – Picturesque City II
Published: 19.10.2018
Marbella, the home for 140 thousand, was introduced in the last part. Today, we will continue in our trip to explore some nooks of this city in south of Spain.

Spain, Avila – The Town of Nobles I
Published: 23.11.2018
Avila's pride, among others, are its perfectly preserved walls. Once you get there, you will find yourself in a world where time has stopped. These walls protect many historical monuments including Romanesque churches, medieval monasteries or Renaissance palaces.

Spain, Andalusia – Trip for Romance II
Published: 24.5.2015
My trip to sunny Andalusia, rhythm of unbounded and wild guitarist Paca de Lucía, flamenco dancers, people of Sevilla goes on and this time it takes place in marvellous Granada.

Spain, Andalusia – Trip for Romance III
Published: 31.5.2015
I believe I will visit Granada one more time at some point in the future. Yet now I head to Málaga and Córdoba.

Spain, Andalusia - Trip for Romance IV
Published: 7.6.2015
Cordoba was the richest city of the West and the center of Islamic culture. First emirs resided in Seville. In the sixth year of Arab occupation (716) Emir Alhor moved his court to Cordoba. The ruled as deputies of the caliph of Damask. They were military warlords subordinated to the might of the House of Umayyad.

Spain, Andalusia – Trip for Romance V
Published: 14.6.2015
It is time to move on in the direction to Cádiz. Everybody recommended me to see it. So why not?


Czech republic


We were awarded the certificate even thanks to you!

Dôveryhodná firma 2017



Important Information:

Information and warnings on travelling abroad is to be found HERE.

Mobile application:

aplikácia Infoglobe

stiahnuť zadarmo pre Androidstiahnuť zadarmo pre iPhone



Today:wednesday 12. 8. 2020
wednesday 12.8.
29 °C
thursday 13.8.
28 °C