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December 11, 2015

Spain: Ronda


Inside Ronda's famous bullring

Inside Ronda’s famous bullring

Ronda in the Andalusian highlands of southern Spain is a popular tourist destination. Surrounded by steep hillsides and split by a deep gorge, the whitewashed town is protected by its geology from the encroachment of modernity.

The most popular attraction in Ronda is the spectacular Puente Nuevo or new bridge. (In Europe “new” is relative; Puente Nuevo was completed in 1793.) Otherwise, Ronda is the type of place to wander about and explore slowly. Hemmingway says of Ronda, “…Nice promenades, good wine, excellent food, nothing to do….” Not much has changed since Hemmingway’s last visit.

Bullpens and Puente Nuevo

Bullpens and Puente Nuevo

Ronda's Arabic bath house is considered to be one of the best preserved baths of its time on the Iberian peninsula.

Ronda’s Arabic bath house is considered to be one of the best preserved baths of its time on the Iberian peninsula.

Inside Ronda's bullring

Inside Ronda’s bullring

Gigi thinks bullfighting is fun. Good thing she doesn't know how it ends.

Gigi thinks bullfighting is fun. Good thing she doesn’t know how it ends.

A postcard of Cadiz, a brief stop on our way from Ronda to Seville.

A postcard of Cadiz, a brief stop on our way from Ronda to Seville.

3 Comments »

  1. That new bridge is pretty impressive.

    How are the ropes on the bull pens meant to work? They look like they go inside the bullpen, so someone inside could use them to open the door? But would someone want to be inside a bullpen with a bull?

    Comment by Peter Donohue — December 21, 2015 @ 6:27 pm

    • I believe its part of a system to open the door without having risk of being gored.

      Comment by anotherheader — December 22, 2015 @ 5:29 am

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