Ronda, Part 1

Thursday and Friday we took an overnight trip to Ronda, one of the white hill towns in the Andalusia area of Spain. It is perhaps the smartest thing we have done the whole trip. They are called white towns because almost all the buildings are whitewashed.

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We arrived by bus into the new town and rolled our luggage through the streets of Ronda to our hotel on the border between the new town and the old town. Despite the fact that Ronda is on a hill, the fifteen minute roll was relatively flat and uneventful. When we reach our hotel, this is what the border between the new town and old town looks like.

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The gorge separating old town and new town is 360 feet deep and only 200 feet wide. New is on the left and old is on the right. Notice all the terraces on the left side overlooking the gorge. You can walk from the bottom of the gorge to the top along these terraces. The walls of the gorge are essentially vertical. And joining the two parts of Ronda is the New Bridge.

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By our standards, the new bridge is pretty old. It was built in the last half of the eighteenth century. There are two older bridges but they are much lower in the gorge; so the new bridge saved a lot of walking up and down to get from one side of town to the other. The light brown building on the left in the above picture is the Parador hotel we stayed in. Ronda is a beautiful, clean town with scenic views everywhere you look. If we were planing this trip again, we would probably spend a week there.

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