Ronda

Trip Start Oct 10, 2011
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Trip End Nov 11, 2011


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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Next, we went for a daytrip to Ronda which is about 2 hours by bus from Seville. A colleague of Ash's recommended Ronda as a fabulous destination, but mysteriously warned us to "not look up anything about it beforehand". Consequently, we had no idea what Ronda would be like!

It turned out that Ronda is beautiful place - a small town perched on a plateau, with a gorge running through the middle featuring two stone bridges. The height of the plateau has shaped Ronda's history - it was one of the last cities to fall from Muslim into Christian hands in about 1500, since it is so difficult to attack.

Ronda is also very well known as a bull fighting city. Despite the bull ring being smaller than the Sevillian equivalent, it is no less impressive. We were able to walk on the surface of the stadium, and disturbingly, there were broad lines of dark red/brown sand intermixed with the yellow sand. Ash and I guessed it was the blood of slain Toros, difficult to eliminate completely from the stadium.

We saw many other sights, such as the old Arab baths, and a really good modern art museum featuring many works of Joaquin Peinado who was originally from Ronda. Ash and I had pretty much given up on Spanish modern art museums, but this one was fantastic.

However, the highlight of Ronda is really just its physical beauty - it is breathtaking eye-candy.
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