A Pause at Ronda
Sat 17 Feb 2012
We wake up on this last day of our holiday in La Linea, in a pedestrian little hotel. A breakfast buffet is included and I don’t expect much. I am surprised! The buffet is excellent with a variety of hot and cold choices.
We check out and head towards Ronda. We follow the freeway to Malaga (Toll road) and then take an exit to climb up to Ronda (an hour from the exit). The countryside is dotted with what seems to be holiday homes, it is very dense. Do people really like coming on holidays to communes like this?
We park outside the new city centre and walk down the main shopping street towards the old town. There is a nice square with a church. Its a busy day, a Saturday, and its pleasant weather. Everyone seems to be out and about.
At the end of the main street is the famous bullring of Ronda, the oldest in Spain. Its a museum but we do not enter.
Ronda is very picturesque. It is perched on the 100m deep El Tajo Canyon. The Puento Nuevo (1793, not so new really) crosses the canyon.
We linger for quite some time at the bridge, the scenery on either side is stunning.
Our guidebook suggests a walk around the old town and we follow it, reading up on the history of the buildings. The Cathedral square is busy with tourists.
I enjoy our wander through the small streets with their beautiful white buildings.
The view on the other side with the Parador hotel on the right. Bapi and I wouldn’t mind coming back for a stay and to spend some time exploring this region, visiting other Peublo Blancos as well.
We stop for a light meal before heading to the Malaga airport. We stop on the way down to admire the beautiful scenery. It has been a good trip and we have both enjoyed it very much. A very memorable anniversary trip indeed!