Round the Ronda Ring

September 15, 2015 - Ronda, Spain

Well, we had to do it! You can't come to Spain and not go to a Plaza de Toros. The Plaza de Toros de Ronda dating from 1785 is supposed to have been the first specialised masonry bullring built. The ring has a museum attached and an audio tour so it was a chance of seeing some of the history.

It was just a short step across the road from our hotel so after breakfast we walked across the road and circled around via the park and the cliffside walk. We had another look at the view and tried some more photographs just because we were there. It was a beautiful sunny morning without any wind. What a pity to miss our balloon flight because of the weather over the last two days and then have a day like today. Still, you can't do everything.

The tour of the bullring started with the area for selecting and penning the bulls and the equestrian arena and then down the path of the bulls into the arena itself. While we were there the riders from the equestrian school came out to exercise their horses so that gave us a bit of spectacle for our shutter bugs.

From the arena we walked around the seating area and into the museum which has some of the outfits worn by the attendees as well as those taking part in the 'sport'. The museum also houses a large collection of harness for carriage horses and riding horses and an historical collection of firearms. It was all of limited interest to us and the dim lighting made it difficult to see the exhibits let alone read the labels. At least the audio guide was something of a help but difficult to keep in sync with the exhibit.

We stopped for a cup of coffee at the cafe before making our exit through the obligatory gift shop. A simple visit but it was well after 2pm when we emerged. Where does the time go?

That evening we walked back to the Museo de Ronda which is the home of the Tourism Department and also the Archaeological Group of Ronda. They had displays covering the history of the area from the Palaeolithic to the Roman occupation of the local area. There was certainly way too much to take in and most of it can be gleaned from books as there were many poster presentations but there were artefacts collected from the local area that covered all periods from Palaeolithic cave dwellings, through metallurgy in the Bronze and Iron Ages to the Roman Occupation and covering pottery and utilitarian objects to the decorative and symbolic. Seeing the actual objects is a very important thing for any single area study.

The museum is in the Palacio Mondragon which is a 16th Century building incorporating Moorish influences and includes the gardens built out to and upon the cliff edges. It is a delightful garden to explore.

After feasting upon the local history we treated ourselves to a personal and physical feast as well and returned to the Duquesa de Parcent restaurant once again for a beautiful meal in elegant surroundings with attentive service and views to die for. We shared a salad of palm hearts with warm bread followed by a vegetable paella accompanied by a red crianza wine from Tempranillo grapes. All our meals at this restaurant have been fabulous. We have been for two lunches and two dinners and they have been divine and easily affordable. We had to wonder at a group of four young Americans who had a drink on the terrace but decided to leave when the waiter told them the pizza they asked for would not be home made. We shared a chuckle and raised eyebrows wth him as they left. Our bill was accompanied, once more, by a glass of cherry liqueur with a slight aniseed overtone so we staggered home to the hotel in a merry mood.


Pictures

Toros en Ronda 2015
Antonio Ordonez statue
In the Bullring
A full stop for the bull
 
 
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