Escorted Rail Tours to Ronda
The home of bullfighting
As one of the oldest cities in Spain, Ronda is known for its unique beauty and
refreshing mountain air. Famous as the birthplace of modern
bull-fighting, Ronda is said to be Andalucia's fastest-growing
town, yet it retains its historic charm, with an old quarter
containing a maze of narrow streets and Moorish buildings.
The city itself is perched on both sides of the spectacular El
Tajo gorge, which divides the city into two halves and sees
centuries-old houses clinging to the cliff tops. The beautiful
Plaza de Toros, the bullring in which the rules of bull-fighting
were codified more than 300 years ago, and its attached museum
offer a fascinating insight into one of Spain's bloodiest
The Mondragón Palace is a heavily renovated and
part-modernised former palace of the Moorish ruler Abomelic, son of
the king of Morocco. The palace is tiny, but much of its original
detail remains in the Mudejar ceilings, some original tiling and
the balconied inner courtyards.
The Puente Nuevo is one of the most recognisable of Ronda's
monuments, which spans the El Tajo gorge. The 'new bridge' is over
200 years old and is best viewed from the Arco del Cristo, a
deteriorating city gate that dates from the 13th century. At the
south end of the Plaza Maria Auxiliadora, close to Mondragón
Palace, there is a pathway leading down to the Arco del Cristo.
Ronda's other two grand bridges, the Puente Viejo ('Old
Bridge'), dating from 1616, and the Moorish Puente de San Miguel,
are also well worth a visit.