Can you believe this honeymoon is still going? I can’t, and I was there!
Ronda was the first part of the trip that really felt like a honeymoon. It’s a much smaller town with beautiful views and all kinds of romantic vibes. Everywhere you looked you saw PDA. So you figured, why not join in.
We chose Ronda because we read that Hemingway and Orson Welles had both spent time there, and we knew we’d need a break from the bigger cities at some point.
The train trip there was beautiful. We took good old Renfe again.
Spotted a corn field!
Not this time…
This is the view from our hotel room, which was right next to the bullfighting ring, one of the oldest in Spain, opened in 1785.
I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but I noticed that all of the hotels we stayed in had original artwork in the rooms, not the cheesy prints you’re used to seeing. Sometimes they were a little racy!
Our first morning there, Mike woke up with the intestinal bug, but after a little rest he felt well enough to tour the bullring.
Neither one of us is interested in bullfighting, so we were there more for the history. Fortunately there was a great museum there, and even though it was national strike day, it was still open. It had a lot of great artwork and some original promotional prints.
There’s also an equestrian training center attached to the bullring, and we really enjoyed peeking at the horses and riders.
This horse was really enjoying his bath. (And I can understand why – it was HOT there!)
We explored some more during the afternoon, including a hike down a steep gravel path for some great views of the city. Ronda sits atop a massive gorge. So pretty much everywhere you look there’s a beautiful vista.
After we hiked back up the trail, we rested in this little plaza.
That night we had dinner at a very crowded tapas place that was worth squeezing into a tiny window seat for. I didn’t take any photos but I had a wonderful creamy vegetable soup with crusty bread and we shared a deconstructed goat cheese/walnut/pear salad.
The next day we toured the Cathedral, and found it a little disappointing. By this point our standards were sky-high!
We toured a city museum and learned about some of the caves in the area. It was so fascinating how far back each city could trace it’s culture. Underneath the Christian remains were the Muslim remains. And underneath that were the Roman ruins. And they were all so well preserved. Great stuff for geeks like us.
Also loved how the museums had these beautiful porches and courtyards.
Next we made our way down to the Arab baths, some of the best preserved ones in the world. They had a very sophisticated aqueduct system that would scoop water out of the river, send it down to the baths, and then pour it over heated stone to produce steam.
Then we made the long hike back to the rest of town. We definitely earned our tapas that day.
We had a couple hours to kill before our bus ride to Sevilla, so we found another park next to an overlook and just sat there listening to some musicians play.
Not a bad gig, eh?