Region: Andalusia (Municipality of Málaga)
Elevation: 752m (2467 ft)
- City: 35,512
The second city I visited while away was Ronda. These photos were taken on Saturday 11th July. Ronda is situated in a very hilly area about 750 metres (2,500 ft) above mean sea level above the valley of the Guadalevín River, which flows between a breath-taking pass which divides the platform the city sits on in two. This canyon is known as 'El Tajo'.
Although in Paleolithic times, the prehistoric men dwelt in the mountain range, it was not until the Roman era, when the Castle Laurel was erected in the site curently occupied by the City of Ronda. During the Moslem invasion, the city ranged among the most prominent in the ones of the south of Spain and it became at one stage the capital of an independent Moslem sovereign. Followings its recapture though by the Catholic Kings of Spain in 1485, its moresque appearance was transformed and numerous convents, churches and palaces were then built. During the 18th Century, two of the most beautiful monuments of Ronda were raised - the Plaza de Toros and the Puente Nuevo which is also known as 'El Viaducto'. In the 19th Century, the appearance of the highwaymen and the innovation in the bullfighting technique attracted many Roman travellers to the city of Ronda.
I hope you enjoy the three-part show of Ronda.