On our short stay to Marbella (the real Costa del Sol!) for Adam & Maja’s wedding, we decided to use one of our days for a day trip to Ronda. The drive took about an hour and a half from Estepona and it wasn’t for the faint of heart if you suffer from car sickness! This was one curvy, cliff-filled drive!
On the way, we ran across this oasis of a restaurant in the middle of nowhere and celebrated much needed food that eased the excess of sangria. Full breakfast with coffee for €7, count us in!
We reached Ronda by lunch time and the sun was beaming down. I was thankful for our friends, Ben & Stacey, who had done the prior research on where to go and what to see. Our first stop was the Plaza de Toros de Ronda, the oldest bullring in Spain. The ticket to tour the ring and museum was only €7 and I’d say it was well worth it. The antique firearms and royal harness collection were superb.
Just a matador and her bull. 🙂
Don’t mess with the bull, young man. You’ll get the horns.
We purchased a couple touristy souvenirs for our gaudy collection and then we walked to the Puente Nuevo bridge, another icon Ronda is famous for. The bridge was started in 1751 and took 42 years to build. There is a room above the central arch which is said to have been used as a prison and torture chamber. Despite its gloomy past, the bridge still provides fabulous photos ops! Stacey and I left the boys at a little outdoor cafe to get beer while we ventured down the hiking trail for some even better shots.
Though we were only in Spain for 4 days, wandering through Ronda, Spain was the perfect way to spend one of those days.
Ben testing out his photobombing skills. 🙂
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