Ronda: La Ciudad Soñada
“Avistamos Ronda. Estaba enriscada en la Sierra, como una prolongacíon natural del paisaje y, a la luz del sol, me pareció la ciudad más hermosa del mundo”
“We sighted Ronda. It was raised up in the mountains, like a natural extension of the landscape, and in the sunlight it seemed to me to be the most beautiful city in the world.”
-J. Agustín Goytisolo
Perched on a mountain-top—a maze of white-washed houses, lies the historic town of Ronda, known as “The City of Dreams.” Ronda, the birthplace of modern-day bullfighting, is a popular tourist attraction in Andalucia famous for its unique position straddling the deep El Tajo gorge, and stunning views of the mountains and valleys surrounding it.
It will always be mind-blowing to me the far-reaching history one can encounter in Europe. Spain’s history, in particular, is an abstract of cultural influences, and Ronda is no exception, having been conquered by many: the Romans, Visigoths, and Moorish, among others. Consequently, each group left their mark, influencing population, architecture, religion and more. The most famous of sights in Ronda include the Puente Nueve bridge that rises nearly 400ft about the canyon, the Arab baths dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries and the Plaza de Toros de Ronda—the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain.
The author Ernest Hemingway, a beloved resident of Ronda once said: “Ronda is the place where to go for being with a girlfriend. The whole city and its surroundings are a romantic set… Nice promenades, good wine, excellent food, nothing to do…” So that’s exactly what we set out to do; sampling wine and tapas at sunset, walking through the winding, steep streets of this beautiful pueblo blanco (white town) and trying to capture it all by camera.
Posted above is what we saw.