June 22, 2018 by: Diana Beach
Ronda, City of Dreams
As Rilke famously commented in 1912, Ronda is a city of dreams:
“He buscado por todas partes la ciudad soñada, y al fin la he encontrado en Ronda…..No hay nada más inesperado en España que esta ciudad salvaje y montañera”.
“I searched all over for the city of dreams and at last I found Ronda….. in Spain nothing is more unexpected than this wild mountain city.”
Ronda has fascinating historical roots, great places to eat and drink and shop. One can easily spend a whole day wandering the ancient streets, popping into tiny bars for a refreshment, admiring the leather shoes on Calle la Bola, and then enjoying a lovely late lunch in one of Ronda’s good restaurants and superb innovative gastro tapas bars.
One of Ronda’s claims to fame is that modern bullfighting was developed here in the 18th century. Theplaza de toros is either the oldest or the second oldest in Spain. Even if you are anti-blood sports, the story told by the museum at the bullring is a fascinating historical social journey.
We have developed a self-guided walking tour of Ronda which will take you by all the sights. We can also advise on where to find the best coffee, glass of wine, or tapas!