Statues abound in the city as well, bulls, horses, famous matadors, important human figures. Ronda resembles somewhat the famous white villages of Spain— small agricultural towns set amid the huge olive tree orchards and vineyards. Most of the buildings here are all also white. Exceptions include the main cathedral of the city: Santa Maria la Major, Church of La Merced, and the buildings around the Plaza de Espana leading into the New Bridge. Even the exterior of the Plaza de Toros is white-washed. Since we were lucky in the weather here, enjoying brilliant blue-skies and bright sun, the city was dazzlingly white. Most splendid though were the many overlooks down into the gorge. Farmlands stretched away in the distance from the bottom of the canyon and the river. Probably most of the agriculture was either olive groves or grape vineyards. Just a beautiful landscape all around this precariously situated really old city. Best of all, none of us really knew anything about this part of Spain, so everything was a delightful surprise.
For more photos of this portion of the trip see Kay’s Flickr Ronda Album
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