Saturday, March 30, 2019
We traveled through the Spanish mountains to Ronda. On route, we stopped at a taverna where an impressive assortment of hams and garlic hung over the bar.
Ronda was a favorite destination of the Romantic poets. Other writers such as Washington Irving and Ernest Hemingway were inspired by Ronda’s beauty. The buildings are white washed with tile roofs; and the city is separated by a dramatic gorge. It was beautiful but also very crowded. We walked through old the town to the bridge ,
Closeup of the inlaid stone pattern in the pedestrian street
On the bridge
Bridge, and views of the gorge from the ridge
This ancient statue is the fabled Greek hero Hercules who supposedly came to Ronda during his labors.
Views from the ridge
We also visited the bullfighting Museum and Arena (we did not see a bullfight). I am opposed to bullfighting; I think it is cruel. However it is an important part of Spain’s culture and history.
After our visit to Ronda we drove through the mountains to the Mediterranean coast. We stayed at Torremolinos on the Costa Del Sol. Our room had a nice view of the Mediterranean sea and palm trees. I apparently took NO photos of the Mediterranean beaches.