We went to Ronda the other day. Ronda is a town that is about 1-1/2 hours from Torremolinos, headed north up in the mountains. I had seen pictures, and knew about the bridges of Ronda. As we drove, we slowly climbed up into the mountains, and when I realized that Ronda was only a few more kilometers away, I was puzzled. Ronda is known for being a town that is divided by a deep ravine, and has several amazing old bridges connecting the new town to the old town. The road we came in on had a few valleys, a few hills, and climbed a bit, but how could there be this huge canyon?

Once we got settled into our apartment, I realized that we had first arrived into Ronda the back way. The canyon, called El Tajo, was on the other side of the city. literally forming the edge of the city. The canyon was carved by the Guadalevín River, which divides the city in two.

I’m so glad that after almost 9 months of travel, I can still fall hopelessly in love with a place within minutes of arriving. Thanks to our traveling friends, Bruce and Susan, for recommending Ronda! I adore it, and thoroughly enjoyed our time there.

Here it the street where our apartment was located.

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Two views from the balcony of our apartment – this one to the right shows the old bridge (the puente nuevo),
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and this is the view to the left, where you can see how the town is divided by the canyon. The old bridge is way down in the shadows towards the lower right.

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So, you may ask, when was the Puente Nuevo, the new bridge built? Well, new and old is relative, of course. This new bridge was started in 1751 and completed in 1793!

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Another view of the new bridge. The bridge is 120 meters (390 ft) above the canyon floor. Tall!

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From the old bridge, looking down into the canyon.06 Ronda

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Another view of the new bridge, from the side of the canyon.
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Ronda sits high up on a hill, and there are beautiful views across the valley below the town.08 Ronda

This is the old bridge (puente viejo) seen from a distance. It is said that it was built in 1616, on the remains of an old Arab bridge.

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We enjoyed wandering around the streets of Ronda. This is the sign of a shop near our apartment. The Spanish love their ham and cheese, so why not a Queso y Jamón Boutique? 🙂 Nope, not even the pan diario (fresh bread daily) could draw us vegans into this shop!12 Ronda

Here are more pictures from around Ronda, mainly in the old town. (You can click on any picture to see a larger version.)13 Ronda

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Really narrow streets in the old town!17 Ronda

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Oh, the doors. How we both love these old wooden doors, of which many have a smaller door cut out on one side.19 Ronda

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We also love this wrought iron surrounds on these windows.25 Ronda In this part of Spain, there are citrus trees everywhere, even right in front of houses, just off the street!26 Ronda

Back to the bridge, here is the Parador Hotel, which sits perched just near the new bridge.28 Ronda The new bridge, lit up at night, seen from our apartment.

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30 RondaIf you visit southern Spain, I highly recommend a visit to Ronda. Give yourself multiple days, or maybe even a week to explore this oh-so-Spanish town. It feels so different from the Costa del Sol, in a very good way!