—Ronda on horseback between earth and heaven

 
The ethera! and mystic Ronda seems to be floating between heaven and earth. Arrogant and monumental it is one of the oldest municipalities of Spain, as its roots go back to the Neolithic age. Celts, Phoenicians and Greeks took equally part in the history of this privileged land. Privileged not only for its strategic allocation to guard and defend the city, but also for being close to the river Guadalevin (tributary of the Guadiaro) and the stretch of cultivated land appropriate for agricuiture. This without mentioning the magnificent knoll of Ronda that overlooks the valley from a piateau at 743 metres above sea level. Ronda's architectonic foundation is above all Islamic. Clear examples for it are the doors and ramparts of Almocabar that surround the quarter of San Fernando. From the 18th century onwards though, the most emblematic monuments of the aristocracy of those days were built: the Plaza de Toros (bullring) and the Puente Nuevo sobre el Tajo (New Bridge over Ronda's Gorge), When you close your eyes and try to imagine Ronda, the first image that will come to your mind Ss the Gorge, Ronda 's most recognizable and probably also most majestic symbol The Gorge is a deep cut into the mountains of approximately 100 metres depth. The incredible view of the houses hanging over the precipice will be unforgettable. The Puente Nuevo allowed the connection between the old and the new town and furthermore the population 's demographic expansion.
 
 


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