Friday, August 10, 2012

Travelling Wizards Travel Magazine destination Spain - Andalucia's White Villages

Spain - Andalucia's White Villages


Ronda is located in the northwest of the province of Malaga (Andalusia - Spain). The town is situated on a plateau - 750 meters altitude. It is divided into two parts by the famous Tajo de Ronda (Ronda Cliff), a gorge 100 meters deep and about 500 meters long with the River Guadalevin running down.

A new bridge connecting the highest points of El Mercadillo/the New City/ and La Ciudad/the Old City/ was of great need. The first attempt was done in 1734, but the bridge collapsed in 1741, killing 50 people in the gorge.
The current bridge/98m high, 66m wide/ was built from 1759 to 1793. The original design was done by Domingo Lois de Monteagudo, who participated in it construction until 1778. Due to delays of the works in the next years, one of the best Andalucian architects, Jose Martin de Aldehuela, who finally completed it.

The Real Maestranza de Caballeria de Ronda (Royal School of Cavalry) was created in 1573, which aimed to organize cavalry units for defensive purposes. Today, the Real Maestranza is a non-profit organization which maintains the horse-riding school.
The bullring is the first one, built for bullfighting purpose in the world, and the first fight was performed in 1785 by the matadors Pedro Romero and Pepe Hillo.


The beautiful little village of Mijas, which nestles comfortably in the mountainside at 428 meters above sea level is one of the jewels of the Costa del Sol. It is a superb choice for either holiday or full time living. Many artists and writers have made it their home, enjoying the benefits of an excellent all year round climate, without being part of the busier, more commercial coastal towns just 7 kilometers down the mountain side.

The craft shops have some wonderful hand made pottery and often affordable paintings and prints by acclaimed local artists.
Make your way up the winding, narrow road towards the village and see the whitewashed houses arranged in tiers, clinging to the hillside.

One of the main attractions is the village bullring which strangely enough is of oval construction, opened in 1900 and still providing entertainment in the form of bullfights and horse displays to this day.
Getting into the bullring, initially you will get into a beautiful garden with ancient relics and the bullring history exhibition.

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