Continuing through our week long stay in Málaga takes us on an excursion Westward to a city called Ronda. Ronda is an ancient city filled with history. You can truly feel the years that have passed as you take in the structures surrounding you (new, old and older). Even more awe inspiring than the man made marvels of this city, are the geographical visions that contrast so dramatically with the beach town we were staying in nearby. Ronda is settled into mountainous terrain with a massive canyon cutting clean through the center of it. It’s surrounded by vineyards and farmland which can be seen for miles due to the peak vantage points of the city.
We woke up early on this day to catch a bus which took us on a long, winding (and pretty nauseating) bus ride up the mountains. We then took a tour through the city from which we were able to see historical infrastructure, churches and buildings.
We were amazed by how much care goes into the parks of Spain in general, and Ronda was no exception. The had immaculate parks like the one below where tourists and locals alike would gather and rest their tired feet.
One of the themes of our time in Spain seemed to be exploring old and incredibly ornate chapels, churches, and even crypts. We saw our first of many incredible religious masterpieces during our trek through Ronda.
Much of the more recent history in Ronda is centered around bull fighting. Though most tourists think of Barcelona or Madrid when they think of this famous tradition, Ronda is home to Pedro Romero. Pedro Romero is one of the most famous and celebrated figures in the history of the sport in Spain. He legacy is celebrated all throughout this town and we were lucky enough to walk in his footsteps at the bull ring.
At the end of the tour we were able to go into a wine cellar and sample several different varieties. There were tapped barrels throughout the room from which you could fill your glass. I won’t lie, there was not one sample that would have enticed me to buy a bottle. Next time we are going straight to the real wineries rather than a tourist attraction. Still, the experience was great and wine culture is evident in Ronda. We had fun sampling and sitting around on wine barrels talking about the good wine we would be having for lunch with one of our many rounds of paella (a famous Spanish rice dish that I ate as often as possible)!
When the tour came to and end, we had the time to wander the city, shop, eat paella and take in the sights. This is when we truly got to appreciate the canyon. It was startlingly deep, with cliff sides, waterfalls, and plants growing in seemingly impossible places. Most impressively, it was spanned by a monstrous stone bridge made by ancient Spaniards. This was my favorite part of this historical and gorgeous place.
Next time, I get to write about our final excursion during our time in Málaga and my FAVORITE Spanish city, Cádiz. Scott’s photos of both Ronda and Cádiz are mind blowing and I can’t wait to share them with you all!