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Oct 15, 2015, Thursday
Oct 15, 2015, Thursday
Oct 16, 2015, Friday
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Oct 16, 2015, Friday
Oct 17, 2015, Saturday
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Oct 17, 2015, Saturday
 
 
 

Granada to Ronda

 
October 15, 2015   Ronda, Granada, Spain-Portugal, Spain
 
 

Today we walked to the Granada train station, picked up a couple of sandwiches, and boarded the train bus. The train's out at the moment, they are upgrading the track. Half way to Ronda, in Antequera, we transferred from the bus to the train. Once we arrived in Ronda we bought our tickets for the Sunday train to Algeciris then walked across the newer town to the old town.

We walked from the train station to the center of the city. Not a notable walk, just a gradual uphill through a typical Spanish town. But soon we hit a large square overlooking the 100-meter-deep El Tajo gorge which is quite something. The gorge is spanned by an old stone bridge, the Puente Nuevo (it's called the new bridge, curiously). On the other side of the bridge is the oldest part of the city, our destination.

Our apartment, at La Colegiata de Ronda (Plaza Duquesa Parcent, 14) turned out to be a roomy, comfortable, and complete apartment with a friendly proprietor. The apartment spans several rooms on the top-floor. It has open-beamed ceilings, a kitchen with washing machine, couch, chairs, and beautiful woodwork throughout. The small, deep windows gave geranium-bordered scenes of a tree-filled square. Comfortable and picturesque and located right in the middle of the old town, what more can you ask. The apartment is next to the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Mayor Ronda. Of course it's all rich with history, with many stories of locals fighting off the insurgents down in the valley below.

After checking in we walked back over the bridge to the newer part of town. I bought some socks (poor packing) then we checked out the grocery stores. Dinner was delicious tapas at el Lechuguita. 10€ got us 9 tapas plus wine and beer. Their signature dish is a quarter head of lettuce with a secret sauce and it really was good. We came back later in the week and ordered it again. The place is crowded with locals, many having to stand as the tables and stools are few. We capped off the evening by a walk around town then back to the apartment for a glass of wine. Or two.

 
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Next stop Ronda      
 
Next stop Ronda      
 
Next stop Ronda      
 
We changed trains between Granada and Ronda      
 
We changed trains between Granada and Ronda      
 
We changed trains between Granada and Ronda      
 
New bridge to old town      
 
New bridge to old town      
 
New bridge to old town      
 
La Colegiata de Ronda      
 
La Colegiata de Ronda      
 
La Colegiata de Ronda      
 
Our hotel, La Colegiata de Ronda      
We rented a one-bedroom apartment off a quiet square in the old town.
 
Our hotel, La Colegiata de Ronda      
We rented a one-bedroom apartment off a quiet square in the old town.
 
Our hotel, La Colegiata de Ronda      
We rented a one-bedroom apartment off a quiet square in the old town.
 
La Colegiata de Ronda      
 
La Colegiata de Ronda      
 
La Colegiata de Ronda      
 
La Colegiata de Ronda      
 
La Colegiata de Ronda      
 
La Colegiata de Ronda      
 
La Colegiata de Ronda      
 
La Colegiata de Ronda      
 
La Colegiata de Ronda      
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Ronda

 
October 16, 2015   Spain-Portugal, Ronda
 
 

When the first humans settled in Ronda they were drawn to it because it is an easily defensible place. It's almost completely surrounded by rocky cliffs as much as 100 meters high. This was successful, Ronda fended off all attackers, but only until their Achilles heel was discovered, their source of water. Lack of water made Ronda surrender.

Today, of course, Ronda's invaders are tourists. Ronda offers a comfortable combination of touristy and real. The city is clean and well maintained and takes advantage of it's beauty and history. Broad paths track along the cliffs, plus there are paths down to the valley below.

The small, historic old town connects to the newer and larger part of the town via a centuries-old stone Puente Nuevo (new bridge). This bridge was built over the period 1751 to 1793 so it is new only in relation to the other two bridges in town which are far older, the Puente Romano (Roman bridge) and the Puente Viejo (old bridge).

In addition to the cliffs and the bridges, there are attractions such as Moorish baths; Spain's oldest bull fighting ring; and churches and squares and well-priced restaurants. The bull fighting ring is still in use and attractive. Ronda is quite romantic and not without a hint of danger. You can't help think it would all come tumbling down were there an earthquake. But not a bad place to be should there be a zombie apocalypse.

 
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View from old town      
 
View from old town      
 
View from old town      
 
A city square      
 
A city square      
 
A city square      
 
Cafes      
 
Cafes      
 
Cafes      
 
El Lechuguita, tapas restaurant      
 
El Lechuguita, tapas restaurant      
 
El Lechuguita, tapas restaurant      
 
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Puente Nuevo      
 
Puente Nuevo      
 
Puente Nuevo      
 
Plaza de toros de Ronda      
Spain's oldest bullfighting ring
 
Plaza de toros de Ronda      
Spain's oldest bullfighting ring
 
Plaza de toros de Ronda      
Spain's oldest bullfighting ring
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Ronda

 
October 17, 2015   Spain-Portugal, Ronda
 
 

We spent the morning walking around town and then hiked down to the bottom of the gorge. The gorge is the source of the town's safety, it's walls are formidable, but the gorge is its weakness as it is the town's source of water.

By afternoon the weather turned to rain so we pulled out rain gear and walked over to the Museo Joaquin Peinado. Peinado was a contemporary of Picasso and was influenced by him, especially in his cubist work and still lives. Which was great because I love Picasso. The museum is in the light and spare Moctezuma Palace.

Lots of shops with reasonably-priced ceramics. Paul bought a couple of colorful plates, and they survived the trip.

For dinner it was back to our fave, El Lechuguita. We splurged, 15 for 15 tapas plus beer and wine. We were first ones there when they opened, the only customers at all, but it was standing only by the time we left. We followed dinner up with a couple of pastries on the rainy walk back to the apartment.

 
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Cathedral Santa Maria la Mayor Ronda      
 
Cathedral Santa Maria la Mayor Ronda      
 
Cathedral Santa Maria la Mayor Ronda      
 
Puente Nuevo      
 
Puente Nuevo      
 
Puente Nuevo      
 
Old town, Ronda      
 
Old town, Ronda      
 
Old town, Ronda      
 
The "new" bridge      
 
The "new" bridge      
 
The "new" bridge      
 
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View from Ronda      
 
View from Ronda      
 
View from Ronda      
 
Cliff-edge street      
 
Cliff-edge street      
 
Cliff-edge street      
 
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Ronda      
 
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Puente Nuevo      
 
Puente Nuevo      
 
Puente Nuevo      
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