Ronda, a community of 36,000 residents (status as of 2015), is one of the biggest cities of
"white villages" in Andalucia.
A pedestrian zone, that leads of the Avenida Málaga to the historic bullfighting arena of Ronda.
Here, you can do some shopping and get a good dinner at favourable prices.
Via the pedestrian zone we reach the Plaza del Socorro, on the right.
It is an ample square with restaurants, church and fountain.
Underneath the Plaza del Socorro there is located a parking garage,
which is an ideal starting point for a tour through the town.
At the end of the pedestrian area at the right side, one get to the historic bullfighting arena of Ronda, from the year 1785.
It is one of the oldest, if not the oldest bullfighting arena of spain.
The name "Romero" is inseparably connected to the bullfighting arena of Ronda.
Several generations of this family are the heroes of Ronda or rather the whole of Spain.
Particular mention should be made of Francisco Romero and his grandchild Pedro Romero, who
killed about 5.000 animals in his career. They developed new rules. Beginning with the battle
of the Torero not on the horse, but afoot. 250 years ago, they introduced the Muleta. The famous
A few pictures of the bullfighting arena are shown below.
Outside the bullfighting arena there are statues of another legendary dynasty:
Antonio Ordóñez ...
... and his father Cayetano Ordóñez.
The bullfighting arena from the perspective of a bull however is not that glamour and glory.
Cold and merciless is the last course of the bull. When the dungeon door opens ...
... he has to go the last way to death. At each stage of his way a trap door behind him obstructs the way back.
But the touristic highlight in Ronda is the Puente Nuevo (new bridge) which was build in the 18th century.
Left and right of the bridge there glue houses and gardens close on the edge of the precipice.
The bridge separates the moorish stamped Old Town from the new part of the town.
Many personalities of the public life were connected with Ronda.
The enthusiasm for bullfighting brought them here to Ronda.
Among others there was Ernest Hemingway, one of the most successful
American writers. Or Orson Welles, the Hollywood film director, who
lies buried here.
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