Tajo de Ronda (Ronda Gorge), Ronda (must see)
The high, Romanesque arches of the New Bridge (Puente Nuevo) span the irrepressible Guadalevin. Views from the top of the span encompass the entire canyon and the valleys stretching below, all the way to the hills of the Grazalema Mountains (Sierra de Grazalema). It is possible to walk along the banks of the Guadalevin following steep trails from the Old Town (La Ciudad).
Clinging to the sides of the gorge, one walks deeper and deeper, the cliffs rising above. The river is powerful. Flour mills once used river water to power their machines until the landslide of 1917 wiped them out.
The trail for walking through the canyon starts at the Roman Bridge (Puente Romano) on the east bank. There is no trail on the west bank. At the bottom, by the river, are several ponds connected by mill canals. A good view of the west bank can be had from the Hostel Los Molinos, located in an old water mill.
The most historic well connecting with the Ronda Gorge is in the House of the Moorish King (Casa del Rey Moro). Houses and well were erected in the 14th century. The well goes down to the river's edge. It is the major piece of hydraulic engineering remaining from the old Nasrid Kingdom. The well is called Water Mine (La Mina de Agua).
Steps were carved into the rock walls of the canyon. Christian slaves carried water up from the river in water skins. The Ronda Gorge is used in Hemingway's novel, "For Whom the Bell Tolls." There is a scene of Republicans throwing Nationalists from the cliffs, possibly in Ronda. Old customs die hard. But the views are fantastic.
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Walking Tours in Ronda, Spain
Seen from the air, Ronda is breathtaking. It is in two parts,... view more
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles