Spent New Year's Eve in the town of Ronda, Spain. We arrived just before sunset & trekked down the side of a mountain to get this shot of one of the most amazing man-made wonders I've ever seen. I was totally transported back through history.
Ronda is special. If you're passing through Málaga, don't forget to see the marvelous town of Ronda, so knightly and exciting.
The cobblestone streets, the monuments to the famous bullfighters of our country, and those spectacular valleys which take your breath away as you cross the bridge....
Without a doubt, it's one of the most beautiful towns near Málaga and the province itself is incredible in its own right.
Well, I had a great time here. Outside it was raining, the wind was cold, it was better inside, with half lights, ornaments and stone and iron with heat produced by the wall. The views are great through the windows. When clear you can see all Antequera, roofs glued haphazardly, it seems they are freshly cleaned, whitewashed houses makes them shine more. You do not see the streets. Raining yes, but that did it! The Alcazaba deserves all the respect and admiration of his present and his past.
The Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta, is in a wonderful setting, near the port and also the Alcazaba and the park. La square was designed by José Ruicoba, and inaugurated in 1876 with Murube bulls that were fought by the father of "El Gordito" and "Lagartijo". It was declared a Historic-Artistic building on it's centenary. The square is neo-mudéjar style, is hexagon is shape with a capacity for 14,000 people. The Bullfighting museum Antonio Ordoñez is inside the square.
In the south part of the wall which is kept in good condition, you will find this entry to the city of Ronda, which connects it with the historical. Built in the thirteenth century, it was significantly amended under Charles V. Its name comes from "Al-maqabir" (cemetery) because from the outer part, people proceeded directly to the burial ground from the deceased Muslims. A mid-sixteenth century a quadrangular front was added in the Almeno Renaissance style (arch in stone), eliminating the elbow-shaped inlet typical to Andalusian citadels in order to facilitate entry of the carriages.
It was constructed by the master constructer Martin de Bogas in the year 1749, and was destroyed in the year 1931 and was not reconstructed until the year 1998. It is constructed of red brick and limestone, from El Torcal. It has 3 arches and the center is greater than the side, and it was used for the passage of carriages and horses, while the sides were for people to walk on. It has an image of the Virgin of the Rosary, made by sculptor Eloy Garcia, who replaces that once made the sculptor Andres de Carvajal y Campos (1709-1779). On the opposite side, in tile, is the image of Santa Eufemia.
At the back of the Mirador of Almenillas one can find this huge stone door, which opens to the Citadel and the Royal Collegiate. El Arco de los Gigantes de Antequera was constructed in the year 1585 by Francisco de Azurriola, with the objective of replacing the door that was called Islamic Estepa Gate. Maybe because of its size, as well as Arch of the Giants, it was called Gate of Hercules. The door is 7 meters and has 4 lights, and it is a large arch with sandstone keystones that are elongated, posing in a relief of a jar of lilies in limestone, with a lion and the castle beside it with heraldic motifs that are used to represent the city.
The clock tower, located in the plaza of the same name, was originally part of the old Moorish mosque but after the reconquest, it became a Christian church and the bell tower was created. It has a beautiful neoclassical pulpit which was added in the eighteenth century, with wreaths and decorated scrolls.
The area of Rincon de la Victoria and Benagalbón, was a settlement of the Phoenicians, and was inhabited since ancient times, as evidenced by archaeological remains found in "The Treasure Trove" that was later occupied by the Romans and then the Arabs. Then, with the arrival of the Catholic Monarchs produced a decline in its population and its strategic location in the reign of Charles III, who returned to give useful reconstructions to the lookouts where the towers area is.The tower was in a state of neglect, until not long ago, the City Council restored and protected its base. The views from the small square where the tower is located, are spectacular, entire coastal part of Rincon de la Victoria can be seen from here and are quite beautiful,
Ronda - awonderful city in Andalusia! I recommend to visit it in spring or in autumn, because there are some lovely hikes to do in order to get the best views! During summer it migjt be too hot to go on hiking tours.
This Moorish tower is one of the few remaining vestiges of the old castle of Mijas. Its shape is square and solid, as befits its military origin, as it used to be part of the Parish of the Immaculate Conception. The church was built between 1540 and 1565 during the time of Bishop Manrique. It consists of three naves separated by arches supported by marble columns. The central area is covered with Moorish style wooden frames, while the sides are covered with barrel vaults. During its restoration during the years 1991-1992, eight new apostles columns were discovered, dating from about 1632.
In the Barrio del Pilar Velez-Malaga, is another one of the historical monuments of the city, the Hospital of St. John of God. Hospital San Juan de Dios, was constructed by order of the Catholic Kings after the conquest of the city.During the 19th century it was used as a hospital, and for almost a century, it was nursing home for nuns of the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, but since 98, it has become dependent on the City. Inside is a lovely Mudejar style courtyard filled with pots of flowers, where I could see the sun some elderly people talking, who gave me permission to look inside. The old hospital also has a lovely rococo dressing room from the 18th century.