A Unique Sense of Place: Ronda, Spain

Shereen Shabnam

Nestled amid the picturesque landscapes of Andalusia, Spain, the charming town of Ronda awaits, beckoning travelers with its timeless beauty and captivating allure. From its awe-inspiring attractions to its delectable culinary delights, Ronda stands as a testament to the rich history and unique experiences that Spain has to offer.

On our way to our home in Torrevieja, we stopped to explore this hidden gem, where every corner holds a story waiting to be discovered. Ronda’s architecture is a testament to the passage of time, with each building and landmark telling a tale of the town’s storied past.

We spent some time on the Puente Nuevo, an iconic bridge spanning the El Tajo Gorge as it is a marvel that leaves visitors awestruck. As we stood atop the bridge, gazing at the breathtaking views of the countryside and the river below, we couldn’t help but marvel at the ingenuity of its construction and the history it witnessed.

Ronda’s Plaza de Toros is unlike any other bullring in the world. Stepping into this historical arena, we were transported to an era where bullfighting was both a spectacle and an art form. We took some pictures of my daughter while our guide talked about the past and led us to a museum within the bullring.  the museum offers a glimpse into the traditions and cultural significance of this age-old practice, shedding light on its complexities and controversies.

Ronda’s artistic heritage is evident in its many museums and galleries. The Joaquín Peinado Museum showcases the works of the eponymous local artist, providing a window into the evolution of Spanish art. From vibrant landscapes to poignant portraits, Peinado’s creations capture the essence of Andalusia and its people.

No journey to Spain is complete without indulging in the local cuisine, and Ronda certainly does not disappoint. We found ourselves savoring tapas that burst with flavors and aromas unique to the region with more dishes than what we were used to in our locality in Costa Blanca.

Ronda’s charm lies not only in its attractions but also in the intangible essence that permeates its streets. The warmth of its people, the lively plazas, and the enchanting alleys create an atmosphere of authenticity that is hard to replicate. Whether strolling through the cobbled streets or enjoying a leisurely siesta at a local café, Ronda’s distinct character leaves an indelible mark on every visitor.

As the sun began its descent over the horizon, we made my way to the Mirador de Aldehuela, a vantage point that promised a view of Ronda’s legendary sunset. The sky transformed into a canvas of vivid hues, casting a golden glow over the town and its surroundings. It was a moment of sheer magic, a reminder that nature’s beauty can be as enchanting as any man-made marvel.

Ronda, with its blend of history, art, cuisine, and natural beauty, stands as a testament to the myriad experiences that Spain has to offer. From the awe-inspiring architecture to the flavors that dance on the palate, every facet of Ronda is a treasure waiting to be unearthed.

As Iwe bid farewell to this enchanting town, to go to our Spanish home a few hours away,  we vowed to be back again and carried with us the memories of its attractions, the tastes of its cuisine, and the unique spirit that makes Ronda an unforgettable destination in the heart of Spain.

You can get to Ronda by flying with Turkish Airlines to either Malaga or Madrid with a stop in Istanbul. From there you can either take a car or train. We opted to go the longer route via Madrid with the intention of stopping and exploring different towns along the way. Malaga airport is however a lot closer and one can reach Ronda in under two hours.

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