20.05.2019: Visiting Ronda

Guess what. We rented a car and that means we are off to adventures! And first stop, historical Ronda! Ronda has been a town ever since the Roman times. It was in the 1st Century BC when Julius Caesar gave the town rights to Acinipo, a town that later became known as Ronda. The ruins of Acinipo lie about 20 km from the modern day town centre.

The drive from Torremolinos to Ronda is between 1 h 25min and 1h 40min, depending on the road you take. As we dislike driving on motorways, and as there are toll roads in Spain, we opted to use smaller roads. This, of course, resulted in a slightly longer driving time, but as we are on holidays, who cares. Besides, taking the smaller roads gives you the chance to see the small towns and experience the local areas much, much better.


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Views on the Road (C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2019

Having driven in several European countries before, Spain was, yet again, something completely different. Maybe it is because Spain is warmer than central European countries, so that the plants and the colours are different. Maybe it is because the difference between the lowlands of the coastal areas and the nearby mountains is so stark? And the same thing seems to affect the temperatures as well. Obviously when you reach the mountains and highlands (such as Ronda), the temperatures seem to be on the same level with the seaside, but whilst on the road we noticed that the temperatures were higher than either on the coast or in Ronda.

But the roads, they are mainly in excellent order, and what we noticed is that the speed limits actually go lower when the surface of the road is worse. This was also something that we haven’t really paid attention anywhere else. At least in Finland it is more typical to notify the drivers that the road conditions are worse, so you know to alter your speed accordingly, but at least on the way to Ronda, it was controlled with the speed limits.

View from Ronda (C) Two Queens Travel Blog 2019

Ronda is one of those old towns that has very narrow streets, so if you are arriving there by car, please remember (which we didn’t) that one usually should park outside the old town area as that might be nigh impossible to find a parking place anywhere inside the old town.


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But the sight to go to Ronda to see, apart from the Old Town, is of course the Puente Nuevo Bridge, which you can of course see in the Old Town, but the best way to see how high it actually is, is to go down. The bridge itself was built between 1759-1793 and it connects the two parts of the old town over a chasm. That chasm was one of the reasons why it took the Reconquista such a long time to capture Ronda from the Moors, as they also had access from the mountaintop town to a fresh water source at the bottom of the chasm.

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