week I did visit Ronda. A beautiful city in Andalusia. During this
time of the year (it´s February right now) we have to be lucky with
the temperature in this area. The elevation of Ronda is 739 meter. So
in wintertime we need mostly good jackets when we visit Ronda.
We took a good day. On the coast the temperature was about 20 degrees, so in Ronda we could enjoy the sun and temperatures of 17/18 degrees. Funny fact was that it was warmer than expected. So everyone was walking in the city with winter jackets. People were melting! 😊
The city is located about 100 km west of the city Malaga. From the apartments in Calahonda it will take 1 hour by car to go to Ronda.
One of the most famous sights in Ronda is Puente Nuevo. (The new bridge.) There are 3 bridges, but Puente Nuevo is the tallest of the bridges, towering 120 m above the canyon floor.
In a couple of weeks I will tell you more about the main sights and history of Ronda, but today I want to tell you a little bit more about the most popular bridge, Puente Nuevo. It´s the newest and largest bridge. The construction of the newest bridge (the one that stands today) was started in 1759 and took 34 years to build. Construction of the previous bridge started in 1735. The bridge was quickly and poorly built, (with a single arch design) so in 1741 the entire bridge collapsed, resulting in the death of 50 people.
On the pictures you can also see a chamber. The chamber above the central arch was used as a prison. During the civil war (1936-1939) both sides used the prison as a torture chamber for captured opponents, killing some by throwing them from the windows to the rocks at the bottom of El Tajo.
The standing joke in Ronda for anyone who has to go to work when they would rather stay at home or on the terrace is the shout TAJO!
A reminder of Moorish times when prisoners would spend their lives chained to the steps that lead to the river; their job under pain of a good thrashing was to pass empty buckets up, so that Ronda´s water tower was always full.
In my opinion a beautiful bridge and beautiful city. Don’t forget your camera while visiting Ronda! And good shoes, because next to the bridge there is a path you can walk down. It gives amazing views!