Our morning began with an early morning stroll around Malaga’s indoor fruit, vegetable, meat and fish market before taking the 10.00 am Renfe Media Distance (MD) train to Ronda. Our train was very comfortable with air conditioning and it was a relaxing journey over to Ronda.
The main reason for our visit was to see the famous Ronda Gorge and bridge but first we needed to stop for coffees to help us on our way.
Ronda lies 62 miles west of Malaga. The Puente Nuevo (new bridge) isn’t exactly new as it was constructed in 1793 linking the old moorish town with the newer parts of the town. It crosses the Guadalevin River which flows through the town where it has carved out the steep El Tojo gorge.
Views of the gorge were breathtaking and seemed to improve at every angle. We walked down into the gorge along the Camino de los Molinos where the views were even better.
The old town was crowded with tourists as the gorge is one of the major landmarks for visitors to Andalucia and has the usual mix of souvenir shops and cafes. Our lunch though was disappointing, which for us is a rarity in Spain, prices were higher and quality lower than previous days but perhaps we were just unlucky with our chosen restaurant.
Strolling through the Cuenca Gardens was a delight as they were full of springtime colour. Finally, we viewed the bullring before returning to Malaga at 6.00 pm.
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