Are you dreaming about romantic places, a short escapade and that delightful feeling of the sun caressing your skin? Do you want to travel with someone special? Maybe go somewhere memorable? I know that feeling. I wanted to experience it too. For me, it all fell into place when I fell head over heels for a romantic place tucked away in the countryside of southern Spain known as Ronda. Find out why I fell so hard for this Spanish city and why you will fall for it too. Ernest Hemingway didn’t call it ‘a romantic set‘ for nothing…
RONDA IS BREATHTAKING EVEN WHEN IT’S FULL OF TOURISTS
Ronda isn’t comparable in terms of size or layout with big cities such as Barcelona or Granada. But it is almost just as popular. So popular that even American celebrities from Ernest Hemingway to Michelle Obama come to admire her beauty. If you think there are many American tourists, wait until you see the amount of South Koreans and Japanese strolling around the city! But taking this aside, there are a few reasons why all of these people come to admire her.
Ronda is a very unusual city. It is perched in the middle of the Spanish countryside sitting above a hundred-meter-deep gorge, the tajo grande. Apart from Ronda’s height, the city also represents centuries of history. Founded by the Celts, later built and named by the Romans. The Moors conquered Ronda in in the 8th century draping it with their customs and Arabic architecture. Then the Christians took hold of the city in the 15th century and implemented their Western culture and values. Every street corner and building have a story to tell, a hidden detail or recognizable influence from past times. The unusual blend of Ronda’s height, nature, and history uncover spectacular views and photogenic shots. No matter how many tourists there are, every turn takes your breath away. Unveiling hidden corners, incredible views all whilst spoiling you with warm rays of sunlight softly caressing your skin.
The most remarkable bridge in Ronda is the Puente Nuevo which reaches from the bottom of the gorge all the way to the top.
RONDA IS TIMELESS. SHE IS HUMBLE.
Standing at the edge of the cliff, a blanket of tranquility draws over you. The endless panoramic views and the century old city buildings behind you render you speechless. A moment of realization of how small and insignificant you are.
RONDA GIVES YOU A GIFT IMPOSSIBLE TO LOOSE…
When night falls, it’s time to relax. Let old traditions brought by the Arabs in the 8th-century guide you. Close your eyes and let the warm air caress your body in the Arab baths. Ronda’s touch is gentle. In contrast to her overwhelming and unpredictable behavior from before, she is now soft and understanding. The impressions of the day trickle into your memory transporting you to a state of happiness. You are overwhelmed but content. Even if the relationship ends here, you are happy. She has given you one of the most precious gifts in life, a day filled with unforgettable memories. What more could you ask?