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Musings about Spain and Spanish life by Paul Whitelock, hispanophile of 40 years and now resident of Ronda in Andalucía .

Ronda, Andalucia's 'city of dreams': A walking tour
Thursday, July 7, 2022 @ 5:42 AM

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I’ve lived in the Ronda area for 14 years and know the City of Dreams like the back of my hand, so I wasn’t expecting too much from this audio guide. How wrong could I be?

Although I was familiar with every location included on this tour, I learned loads that I didn’t know from this very thoroughly researched guide by Clive Muir, of the website Ronda Today. In particular, the historical aspects.

Clive’s voice is easy on the ear and the accompanying music by local professional guitarist Paco Seco made for a very pleasant couple of hours.

We broke our journey in the Barrio San Francisco, where we had an excellent breakfast at Bar Sánchez by the Almocabar Gate.

I was accompanied on the tour by friends Brenda and Jeremy White, who own property locally and have been coming to the Serrania de Ronda regularly for over 20 years. Like me, they thought they knew all there was to know. They were also wrong.

At the end of the tour, we gratefully sank a refreshing beer in Bar El Rincón de la Manzanilla on Calle Virgen de Los Remedios and discussed the audio tour we had just taken.

“I enjoyed the tour very much,” said Brenda, “although I felt some of the historical information was a bit long-winded.”

“I disagree entirely,” responded Jeremy. “I found the history sections fascinating and I learned a lot.”

We all agreed that we had spent a delightful morning and had enjoyed the whole experience immensely. Strangers to Ronda would find this audio guide fascinating, as well as informative, we felt.

You can choose to enter any of the sites during the tour, eg the interpretation centre of the Puente Nuevo, La Casa de Don Bosco, El Palacio de Mondragón with its municipal museum, La Casa del Rey Moro and the water mine, la plaza de toros or the Arab baths.

Or you can come back another time.

If you purchase a Bono Municipal (Tourist Ticket) at the Tourist Office near the bullring, it will work out cheaper.

And remember, if you are a senior citizen, and can prove it, you should get a discount. If you’re a Ronda resident, there is usually free entry, certainly to municipal sites.

You can also book a Paco Seco concert at La Casa de Don Bosco. I’ve heard Paco Seco play elsewhere and he is really good.

Highly recommended.

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roberto123 said:
Saturday, July 9, 2022 @ 5:19 PM

Watch out for the tourist trap restaurants in Ronda. There is a good Chinese up by the top car park near the Bus station.

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