|Ronda- the cliffs and the country.|
John and I honeymooned in Spain and Morocco last October and while spending a five day stretch in Malaga, Spain we took a day trip to Ronda. We made it to the bus station just as the sun was rising, with a 3 hour ride ahead of us. The first hour and a half were quiet dull, passing through a number of coastal towns known as tourist spots we realized we were right not to buy into the claims that a beach-side vacation was a must. While the ocean was breath-taking, the towns were dull and lifeless - nothing like the buzzing city of Malaga in which we stayed.
As we turned away from the coast and headed up into the mountains the scenery began to change. The huge tour bus swayed back and forth through the hairpin turns and suddenly John and I found our noses pressed to the windows. We lost all composure. After being presented with beauty after beauty were were presented with what we found to be the crown jewel of Andalusia....Ronda.
|Standing on the Puente Nuevo|
There's not enough room in the world (or my heart) to contain the beauty of this city. In the brief 8 hours I spent there my emotions were overflowing. The old Spanish town of Ronda is one of the most rustic and beautiful towns I've ever seen. Roaming its streets and hiking its gorge, I couldn't believe that the people of Ronda live there. They wake up in the morning, walk out on their patio, and see all of this. I felt so blessed to see its beauty for just one day, and couldn't imagine a lifetime engulfed in it!
|La Casa del Rey Moro|
Upon arrival we got a bite to eat and then headed over to the Casa del Rey Moro.The house was recently visited by First Lady Obama and I knew there was access through the house to the bottom of the gorge. Those two facts sold me. After spending more euros than we would have liked, we had free reign over the old home. It was built in the 18th century and bits of it were falling to pieces.
The house and old staircase down the gorge had a lot of old world charm and beautiful overlooks of the city. It wasn't until later that we realized there was a much more spectacular way to get to the bottom of the gorge, free of charge.
|View of Ronda from Casa del Rey Moro|
If you love old architecture, finding fun hiding places, and a bit of mystery to stir your imagination, the casa is for you. But if you're looking to save your euros, you could visit Ronda without a tour of the place and still see everything there is to see.
Waltzing around the city we encountered numerous squares covered in vines and flowers. Locals gathered playing guitar and selling this or that. Out of the corner of our eye we noticed what looked like a group of young Scottish boy scouts gathering to walk off a cliff. Afraid they knew something we didn't, we went to inspect and found an old trail that led to the bottom of the gorge just below the Puente Nuevo. And we so began our journey down...
When we made it to the bottom of the gorge we were the only folks there. We started out with others but mud and a bit of rock climbing acted as a deterrent. There we were- two young people in love-surrounded by the grandeur of mother nature. John laid on a rock and I sat like this, silent, for what felt like hours. If I had the time and an ample amount of food you could still find me there, staring. Places like this stir my soul. When I inhale, I breath in the rushing water. And when I exhale, I send out all the things that weigh me down...when you're surrounded by the gorge all the worries and fears you used to know don't matter any more. All that matters is the beauty around you, and the joy of sharing it with your very best friend.
Great photos! I wanna go!ReplyDelete
And I felt the same way when I was in Ireland. Everyone there had grown up with the amazing scenery and took it for granted, while I walked around in awe for four months.
That is a stunning looking place. been to Malaga and Barcelona but great as they were they can't match this place for scenery. Great pictures.ReplyDelete
amazing photos! You guys look so happy :) Beautiful places help us appreciate life.ReplyDelete
Beautiful! I love your photos.ReplyDelete
that is so beautiful - I've never been to Spain or Morocco but, man, I would love to. Your gorgeous photos totally gave me serious vacation-itis!ReplyDelete
Oh wow, how beautiful!!! Love areas/towns like this one. Been to Spain many times, never in that region...hopefully soon though!ReplyDelete
Wow! These are great. How absolutely gorgeous. I have to admit, never heard of this place before, but so intrigued now. Might just have to put it on our list of things to see :)ReplyDelete
wow- great photos- Looks like I'm going to need to take another trip to Spain- still so much to see- What a Gem of a find.ReplyDelete
Spain just doesn't get enough credit for being a really gorgeous country. What an incredible experience!ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness! I want to do to there. What a great find! Seriously, the pictures of this place are just stunning. What a wonderful place to visit on your honeymoon.ReplyDelete
WOW. what an incredible journey to such an amazingly beautiful place. Lovely story of your honeymoon and adventures. Thank you for sharing, I will be adding this to my list of places to visit now. :)ReplyDelete
Ahhh, such beauty! Would love to go there someday, amongst a thousand other places in this world! xoxoReplyDelete
What amazing photos! You look gorgeous and so very happy!ReplyDelete
lovely photos! and u guys are really a cute couple! kisses!ReplyDelete
i love these photos. it looks magical, and you two are such ac ute coupleReplyDelete
PS Regarding the "sludge pond" you asked about on my blog - I know it looks like sludge but the pond is covered with fresh tiny green leaves! The water is cool and clean, very refreshing. The leaves aren't connected to a plant and they don't appear to have fallen from a tree...just one of those things :)ReplyDelete
These photos are insanely gorgeous! Hopefully sometime soon I can make my way over to Spain!ReplyDelete
wow, stunning photos!ReplyDelete
Stunning!! We got married in October, too! What a fun trip : )ReplyDelete
We also spent our honeymoon in Spain last October, plus I studied in Sevilla in college. I never made it to Ronda though, and after seeing your post I must go back! Looks absolutely amazing!ReplyDelete
wow. what a breathtaking village! thanks for sharing it's beauty!ReplyDelete
What beautiful pictures! This sounds like an amazing trip!!ReplyDelete
In response to your comment, Yosemite is great right now because it's not cold! The rivers are very high due to all the snow that melted from the winter, so people can't go floating on the river right now, but it should be changing any week now.
Ronda is beautiful and the surrounding countryside and roads are fantastic for biking - on a motorbike that is - like I did. The bridge is just stunning - until you find out that they used to throw convicts off it a long time ago - yikes. Great photos, have a lovely weekend xoReplyDelete
Mademoiselle- You are so right. And I actually heard that those sentenced to life in prison would be placed underneath the bridge in a little hideaway until they died.ReplyDelete
See the little window underneath the middle of the bridge? Right there. :-/
P.S. I have a post coming up thanks to you!
Oh Hannah, this is one of my favorite posts! My heart was sighing over your gorgeous pictures -- I can absolutely see how you said the beauty fed your soul.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful honeymoon experience :) Thanks so much for sharing some of the beauty with us!
These photos and your description of the places are magical, especially that last paragraph. I want to go there and exhale everything that weighs me down. How wonderful does that sound?ReplyDelete
Gorgeous photos! Looks like you had an amazing honeymoon =). My 1st year anniversary is coming up this monday, and I am really longing to go on our honeymoon again.ReplyDelete
great photos and beautiful scenery. what an inspiring place. thank you for sharing a bit of your honeymoon. you went somewhere 'unusual' like i did for my honeymoon, most people go to the Caribbean or Mexico from nc/tn/sc, my husband and i went to a small town on Vancouver Island off the coast of Vancouver and you went to Europe. travel friends after our own hearts <3ReplyDelete
What a beautiful description and photography of your trip and breathtaking scenery! :)ReplyDelete