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article imageDay trip to Ronda-a fantastic choice when visiting Costa del Sol Special

By Dawn Denmar     Oct 2, 2013 in Travel
Ronda - Ronda is a lovely destination for day trips when you're on holiday to the Spanish Costa del Sol. The spectacular mountain town offers breathtaking scenery and historic remnants of a Roman and Moorish past. Escorted bus tours are a great way to visit.
Taking an escorted bus tour to Ronda is a fantastic day's outing that gives you a glimpse of the historic Spain of yesteryear. Bus tours operate from all the major Costa del Sol holiday villages and tour guides give you informative details, both on the coach and once you arrive in Ronda, often speaking English, Spanish, French, German and Italian. The trip into the Andalusian mountains takes an hour or so and it's a good idea to take a book along to read on the journey.
As soon as you get off the tour bus you'll see the traditional horse and carts ready to take tourists on a leisurely trip around this magical town.
Take a leisurely tour of Ronda by horse and cart
Take a leisurely tour of Ronda by horse and cart
First stop on my trip to Ronda was a visit to the local bullring. Ronda is famed for innovating the modern style of bullfighting in the 18th century but bullfights are only held in the ring once a year now, in September to celebrate the Feria Goyesca. The bullring is home to a small museum detailing Ronda's bullfighting history with a range of images of famous bullfighters and there's also a military museum with a small weaponry display.
Ronda bullring and museum
Ronda bullring and museum
Once we'd toured the bullring, we followed the tour guide on a circuitous route towards the old town of Ronda, stopping along the way to take photos of the magnificent mountain views.
Ronda views
Ronda views
Ronda views
Ronda views
Crossing the ancient bridge to the old town, I visited the local wine cellars and was treated to a selection of local wines in the ancient cellars and courtyard.
Old Town views
Old Town views
Ronda wine cellars
Ronda wine cellars
A quick tour of the old town followed with a peek at the ancient church in the central square.
Ancient Ronda church
Ancient Ronda church
Ronda
Ronda
The tour finished with a couple of hours free time to experience the delights of dining al fresco in one of the many pavement cafes offering gourmet wonders.
Ronda lunch
Ronda lunch
Ronda gourmet delights
Ronda gourmet delights
See also: Ronda, Spain - perched on a mountain top
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