Ronda City of Dreams
….. as Rilke famously commented in 1912, during a bout of writer´s block. whilst living in Ronda, the City of Dreams …
“He buscado por todas partes la ciudad soñada, y al fin la he encontrado en Ronda…..No hay nada más inesperado en España que esta ciudad salvaje y montañera”.
I´ve searched all over for the city of dreams and at last I found Ronda….. in Spain nothing is more unexpected than this wild mountain city.”
Ronda has something for everybody. It is scenically fantastic, its history is fascinating, there are many great places to eat and drink and, although I can´t vouch for it myself, I´m told it is a superb place to go shopping ! One can easily spend a whole day wandering the ancient streets, popping into tiny bars for a refreshment, admiring the leather shoes on Calle la Bola, and then enjoying a lovely late lunch in one of Ronda’s good restaurants and superb innovative gastro tapas bars.
The photo above is of the ancient Roman theatre at Acinipo just a few kilometres drive out of Ronda. A vast archaelogical site with many secrets still to be discovered. Well worth the drive which goes through beautiful countryside and into wine land – visit one or two of the vineyards and taste the delicious local wines.
One of Ronda’s claims to fame is that modern bullfighting was developed here in the 18th century. The plaza de toros is either the oldest or the second oldest in Spain. Even if you are anti-blood sports, the story told by the museum at the bullring is a fascinating historical social journey.
We have developed a self-guided walking tour of Ronda city of dreams, which will take you by all the sights. We can also advise on where to find the best coffee, glass of wine, or tapas!