When I decided to come do some Helpx around this area of the map (west of Málaga city), I wasn’t thinking much about the sightseeing aspect of my stay. Generally speaking -in my experience, that is- when traveling with Helpx you don’t get to stay at the most popular traveling places in the world. Instead, you get to live and learn how local, real people live, and you get to visit and enjoy places that only locals know about, which usually is very mind-opening and fascinating.
That was the case during my first day off, when I went to El Burgo, but on my second day off I ended up going (without knowing) to a very touristy place: Ronda.
Although Ronda is -apparently- a very popular place among tourists, it wasn’t overly crowded when I visited (Wednesday morning).
I could calmly walk around the main streets and stop for photos whenever I wanted. The only thing that made me rush my photo-taking moments was the heat. If I was standing under the sun I would just get a quick snapshot and I wouldn’t even check the result. Luckily, all the pictures came out pretty good.
I don’t know why Ronda isn’t a UNESCO World Heritage Site already, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it became part of that list soon. I’m not big on history and I’ll probably never be (not my cup of tea), but I just got the feeling that Ronda deserves a spot there only by walking through its streets and reading some brief travel guide before heading there. If you are curious, there is always Wikipedia.
What I loved the most were the views. The city is built above a deep gorge, and you have gorgeous sights almost anywhere you look.
I spent four hours walking around Ronda. I only took some short rests at -the few but lovely- shaded areas I ran into: small squares and parks with enough trees to cool down the air and good benches to sit down and have a quick snack.
This place is called “Alameda del Tajo”.
And here you can see a bit of “Plaza Duquesa de Parcent”, where I ate some cherry tomatoes I had taken from the farm —remember I’m a budget traveler XD!
The church is “Parroquia Santa María la Mayor”.
The reason I’m not wearing my Balinese yellow hat on such a sunny summery day is that I had lost it the day before (or so I had thought), so I had to make do with a thick layer of sunblock and my cheap worn-out sunglasses —have to get new ones soon!
I could keep sharing photos… I took tons of them!!! But I think you’ve probably got an idea of what Ronda is, and I hope I’ve already convinced you to visit on your next trip to Spain. I’m sure you’ll love it!
Just one more… a panoramic picture where you can see the “Puente Nuevo”. That’s what you have to say when you go to Ronda. The rest is all about getting lost in the old narrow streets and enjoying the views you’ll find around every corner.