Ronda audio tour: Ronda, Andalucia's 'city of dreams': A walking tour

Ronda, Andalucia's 'city of dreams': A walking tour

Walking Tour

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75 mins
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2.1mi

About the Tour

Discover the town that cured German poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s writer’s block. “I have searched everywhere for the ‘city of dreams,” he wrote, “and found it here, in Ronda”. Take in the same sights that inspired him on this walking tour from the Lady Goyesca Statue in the Alameda del Tajo garden, over the world-famous Puente Nuevo de Ronda to the old town and back.

On the way, you’ll pass two breathtaking lookout points, the Mirador de Ronda and the Mirador de Aldehuela. As we leave the new town behind us and enter the old, you’ll visit Ronda’s former border at the top of Puerta de Almocábar, and quake in the boots of history’s soldiers as you imagine approaching armies. From there you’ll follow the old defensive wall to the Arab Baths and the Puente Viejo bridge, before making your way back over Puente Nuevo. The tour ends in front of Plaza de Toros, the Bullring of the Royal Cavalry of Ronda, which was the country’s very first.

On this tour, you can also look forward to:

• Hearing about Centro de Interpretación del Puente Nuevo, the museum housed inside the bridge that was once a prison, a hotel, and even a tapas bar
• Listening to traditional Spanish guitar and learning where you can go to hear live concerts
• Taking in the Mondrágon palace and hearing about the people who lived there
• Standing on the oldest bridge in Ronda
• Finding out about La Casa del Rey Moro’s room of secrets and the Moorish Kings’ hidden gold

I’ll also provide answers to some intriguing questions like:

• What did Blas infante, the father of Spanish nationalism, do in Ronda?
• Why is one particular Italian priest famous around here?
• Who built Puente Nuevo?
• Did Queen Isabella really visit Ronda?
• When did the Christian conquerors arrive?
• How important is bullfighting in Andalucia?

Join me on this 75-minute stroll around one of Spain’s most striking towns, or take as long as you like to enjoy the sweeping views of the El Tajo gorge. By the end of the tour, you’ll be as inspired as Rainer Maria Rilke himself!

Music credit:
This tour is accompanied by the mesmerizing guitar of Paco Seco, a professional musician who began playing Flamenco at the age of seven. Paco studied flamenco and classical guitar, jazz, world and electronic music, and ethnic percussion. He has composed music for theater and musical productions. A Ronda local, Paco holds regular concerts in the beautiful Casa de Juan Bosco, on the Tajo gorge.

Tour Producer

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Clive Muir

Hello. My name is Clive and I live in a place close to Ronda called Grazalema in Andalucia. For many years I have dedicated my life to environmentally conscious walking and wildlife holidays here in the Natural Parks of southern Spain. I am self taught in various wildlife subjects as well as photography, writing and web publishing.

My English language tourist information websites cover the towns of Ronda, Grazalema and the very popular Caminito del Rey. Wildside Holidays is an innovative website which aims to introduce nature-oriented individuals to businesses offering specialized, environmentally aware, activity and nature holidays across Spain.

I hope that you enjoy this audio guide and would welcome your comments and feedback.

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Major Landmarks

  • Alameda del Tajo

  • Mirador

  • Mirador de Ronda

  • Puente Nuevo de Ronda

  • Mirador de Aldehuela

  • Casa Museo Don Bosco

  • Mondragon Palace

  • Iglesia de Santa María la Mayor

  • Plaza Duquesa de Parcent

  • Puerta de Almocábar

  • Ronda City Walls

  • Arab Baths

  • Baños Árabes Yacimiento Arqueológico

  • Puente Viejo

  • La Casa del Rey Moro

  • Bullring of the Royal Cavalry of Ronda

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins in the Alameda park of Ronda at the statue of the lady Goyesca. The entrance to the Alameda park is next to the plaza de Merced. If you need any help just use the "get directions" link on your phone to get here.

PLEASE NOTE: The Paseo ingleses / Blas infante pathway may be closed for building works so if it is, after you have listened to the first two locations, (Lady Goyesca and Mirador del Tajo) pause or end the tour then walk back out of the Alameda, turning right and down the road past the bullring on your right. Enter for the mirador Sevillana (by the tourist office) then restart the tour. You can use the "Resume" button. Which will give you the Tourist office or the Mirador Sevillana. (Don't choose the bullring/Plaza de Toros as this is the last location on our route around Ronda).

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

The places we are visiting on this tour where you have an option to enter are the interpretation centre of the new bridge, The Casa Don Bosco, The Palacio de Mondragón with it's museum, The Moorish kings house, Water mine, The plaza de toros and the Arab baths. There are many bars and restaurants along the route. The area of San Francisco at the halfway point is particularily good for lunch and evening meals whilst the streets around the bull ring also have a lot to offer with many shops, bars and restaurants. If you are thinking of visiting more than two or three monuments and museums then the bono tourist ticket, available from the tourist office close to the bull ring is highly recommended.

Best time of day

To be sure that monuments and museums are open during your audio guided visit the best times are between 10am to 1pm and 5pm and 7pm. However, this tour can be done at any time of any day.

Precautions

Although we are walking through the streets of Ronda there are also some areas with steep and uneven cobbles so please make sure to wear sensible shoes. Its a good idea to carry water with you as well as sunscreen and a hat.

Comments

I’ve lived in the Ronda area for 14 years and know the City of Dreams like the back of my hand, so I wasn’t expecting too much from this audio tour. How wrong could I be?
Although I was familiar with every spot on this tour I learned loads that I didn’t know from this very thoroughly researched guide by Clive Muir. In particular, the historical aspects.
Clive’s voice is easy on the ear and the accompanying music by local professional guitarist Paco Seco made for a very pleasant couple of hours.
We broke our journey in the Barrio San Francisco, where we had an excellent breakfast at Bar Sánchez by the Almocabar Gate.
I was accompanied on the tour by friends Brenda and Jeremy White, who have been coming to the Serrania de Ronda regularly for over 20 years and also thought they knew all there was to know. They too were wrong!
At the end of the tour, we gratefully sank a refreshing beer in Bar El Rincón de la Manzanilla on Calle Virgen de Los Remedios while we discussed the audio tour we had just taken.
“I enjoyed the tour very much,” said Brenda, “although I felt some of the historical information was a bit long-winded.”
“I disagree entirely,” responded Jeremy. “I found the history sections fascinating and I learned a lot.”
We all agreed that we had spent a delightful morning and had enjoyed the whole experience immensely. Strangers to Ronda would find this audio guide fascinating, as well as informative, we felt.
Good job, Clive!

Posted by Paul Whitelock , about 1 month ago

Thanks Paul for your feedback and I am glad that you all enjoyed the tour! Hopefully I have the right balance with the historical information and its not too long winded but that said, theres an awfull lot of history and general knowledge around Ronda.

Posted by Clive , about 1 month ago

IIdid this tour yesterday and it was brilliant. Clive's attention to detail and Rondas history was just the right balance and the guitar music is lovely..He is also an engaging narrator which I think is essential for any audio tour I learnt loads and was entertained which Is what I wanted
5 stars!!!!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 1 month ago

Thats great that you enjoyed the tour! Thanks for the feedback! Travel safe..... :)

Posted by Clive , about 1 month ago

Thank you! I am so glad that you enjoyed the tour and also a concert with Paco Seco..... Please share with your friends and family!!! Saludos desde Ronda... Clive :)

Posted by Clive , about 1 month ago

I love Ronda and with this audio guide I saw a side to it that I wouldn't have found! Thanks for the shout out for the concert of paco seco, something I would have missed without this guide... 5 stars!!!!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 1 month ago
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Ronda, Andalucia's 'city of dreams': A walking tour