Ronda

Route: Ronda Old Town

Area: Andalucia, Spain

Date of walk: 8th May 2018

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly 

Distance: 4.6 miles

Ascent: 500 feet

Weather: Sunny 

We’ve visited Ronda before, but not for many years, and were keen to return. The town sits at the top of a steep gorge in a very dramatic position and we still had vivid memories from our last visit

Today was the first day of our short walking holiday in Spain and much of it had been spent travelling, but there remained time for a late afternoon walk. This is the perfect time of day to visit Ronda, since most of the tourists from the coast, who arrive here in their busloads, have left by then

We decided to follow a recommended route today – there are so many narrow streets in the old town that it’s easy to end up walking round in circles and missing some of the spectacular sights. Our guide today was the excellent book ‘Walking the Mountains of Ronda and Grazalema‘ by Guy Hunter-Watts, published by Cicerone  

Having found a parking space a little way out of the old town we made our way to the start of the walk, and set off along the route recommended in the walking guide. There was no time to visit the individual buildings which we passed – this would have turned the walk into a 4 or 5 hour one, and we had insufficient time for that. I won’t describe in detail the route which we took, save to say that there was a new surprise around every corner and the walk was packed full of interest, ranging from spectacular views across the Ronda Gorge to intimate scenes in the beautiful back streets…

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