During the last week of May, American friends of mine came to visit and stay with me before embarking on their own European adventure. We wanted to go somewhere close, near Córdoba. Plus with so many of us, we could rent a car and finally go to Ronda. Because it’s not exactly easy to get to.
I wanted to go to Ronda ever since my Spanish professor at university showed us pictures of his hometown. Yes, he was from this unbelievable place. Once you see the pictures for yourself you see just how incredible this place is. People actually get to live here!
Setenil de Las Bodegas
This town is right outside Ronda and is special for this one feature: an awning made of rock and buildings built into the cliff side. There’s not much to do there but we had a great traditional Spanish lunch at a cafe outside, sitting next the stream, and under the rock cliff itself.
We were lucky enough to visit Ronda while they were having a small festival! There was a skit on the steps of the municipal building and the park was full of food and trinket vendors. The weather was gorgeous but it was nothing compared to the epic architecture of the town itself.
Ronda is home to the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain. This stadium is half museum and half equestrian center.
Caminito del Rey
On Sunday, we headed east to walk the Caminito del Rey or the walk of the King. This walk is not strenuous and people of all ages were walking this path. However, if you are scared of heights (like me) you might accidentally pee your pants or be shaking quite a lot. The walkway is built on the side of the massive canyon that gives impressive views of the river carved natural wonder.
Don’t you see how crazy it is that people get to live in these places? What do you think of architecture? I must admit that Ronda inspired a middle grade fantasy book idea that hopefully I’ll get to write someday. And I’ll be using these pictures as inspiration!