Feria de Pedro Romero
Ronda celebrates its fair and festival in honour of Pedro Romero, the only fair in the world dedicated to a bullfighter, in September each year (9th-11th September 2016). “Rondeños” (locals of Ronda) and visitors alike can enjoy a whole week of fun and festivities. There are celebrations in the main town centre nearest to the bullring during the day. The main attraction being the “Corrida Goyesca”, a bullfight with the “toreros” wearing a traditional Goyesca style costumes based on the Spanish artist Goya. The first bullfight of this style was celebrated in 1954, on the 200th anniversary of the birth of the famous bullfighter from Ronda, Pedro Romero. There is also the large fairground on the outskirts of the town. Bullfighting is not the only thing to see, ladies dressed in traditional gypsy flamenco dresses and the beautiful horse and carriage parade on Sunday is unquestionably worth seeing.
A date not to be missed in Ronda, 'Ronda Romantica', 25th to 28th May 2017. The whole town centre comes alive with the Recreation of the Romantic Era. A genuine encounter with the legendary past of this land and its identity. There are parades, battles, markets and parties galore as everyone is dressed up as old age travelers, horsemen and Bandits of the Serrania de Ronda. For the old and the young it’s a great Festival in Ronda.
Explore the area on two wheels!
A local company offers cycling day trips with fully qualified British Cycling guides. There are a variety of different trips, from easy country rides to more difficult mountain climbs for more experienced cyclists. Contact Hike and Bike before your holiday to arrange dates with them. http://www.hikeandbikeholidays.com/cycling-spain/day-trips
Learn something new!
“Entrelenguas” in Ronda, offer an alternative concept in tourism helping visitors learn more about Ronda and its surroundings. Spanish lessons, home cooking classes, flamenco lessons,guided visits, interactive photography tours, wine tastings etc. are all on offer. Visit their website to learn more, http://entrelenguas.es/things-to-do-in-ronda/
Enjoy the beautiful countryside
surrounding Hacienda Los Olivos is a network of small lanes to stoll along and take in the views over to the Sierra de Grazalema.
From Arriate, drive towards Setenil de las Bodegas. This is a spectacular village with houses built inside the mountain.
Go for a stroll
Ronda retains its Spanish flavour in the evenings which is the best time for a walk along the gorge. The sunsets are beautiful.
Ronda provides a very good base for the white villages of the Serranía de Ronda. The first visit could be to the nearby town of Arriate, famous for its pork products. The local ham, cured in this ideal mountain climate, is exported throughout Spain.
Classic Flamenco Guitar
If you are a fan of classical music, or even just fancy a taste of some real Spanish music - Celia Morales is a classical Spanish guitarist who performs small and intimate concerts in her academy in Ronda."For anyone not exposed to Flamenco guitar, the performance was an eye-opening display of virtuosity, and the music was representative of the best of Flamenco -- full of passion and colour."
Day trip to Granada
Another worthwhile excursion is Granada. It is hard to imagine a list of wonders of the world that has no place for Granada´s Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens (remember to book tickets in advance - you can do this in Ronda at the BBV bank, opposite the main entrance to the bullring).
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Have a game of tennis in the evening and work up an appetite for a delicious supper on the terrace overlooking the pool.
Explore Granada Further
But Granada is not just the Alhambra, the city itself offers further delights: the ancient Albaicín quarter, the Royal Chapel adjoining the cathedral and many lively little squares, pulsating with energy.
Visit a bodega
Some excellent wines are produced by 'bodegas' in the Ronda area and some bodegas offer guided tours and wine tastings. Ronda also has a wine museum where you can sip a glass as you wander around the beautiful old building and discover the history of wine production in the region.
Every Sunday there is a market in the new part of the town, behind the football stadium. It starts at 09.00 and finishes at about 14.00. Go early for the best choice - the fruit and vegetables sold there are very good.
Another area with lots of bars and off the tourist area is Plaza de San Francisco, in the old part of the town, by the old town walls. There are many bars there, although the best one is Bodega San Francisco. Try serranitos, a delicious small sandwich with ham, pepper and tomato.
Go to the Foot of the Gorge
You cannot leave Ronda without going down to the bottom of the gorge. Cross the gorge and drive along the narrow road until you come to the old walls of the town. Turn right, then right again at the bar called Bodega San Francisco. Now simply go downhill.
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