Andalucia

Ronda

Ronda is the place where to go, if you are planning to travel to Spain for a honeymoon or for being with a girlfriend. The whole city and its surroundings are a romantic set… Nice promenades, good wine, excellent food, nothing to do…”
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)


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We had a steep climb up to Ronda

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The old mill below

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The new bridge (1751) spans a deep chasm between the old and new towns

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The old bridge, 16th century

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The first bridge across the Guadalevín River may have been Roman

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Inside the Arab Baths, the best preserved in Spain

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Steam room of the Arab Baths, with roof vents

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The old road into Ronda from the Arab Baths

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Mudejar walls & entrance, 14th century (restored 1975)

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Almocábar door (C13th) with 3 successive gates, part of the heavy fortifications

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After the reconquest of 1485, the main Mosque was converted to a Church

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All that remains of this mosque is the minaret (14th century)

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Arab influence remains in the array of sweets

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Entrance to Ronda's Bullring


For hundreds of years the houses of the tiny pueblo of Júzcar (POP 220), 22 klms and a short taxi ride from Ronda, were whitewashed – just another Pueblo Blanco.

In 2011, Sony Pictures were looking for a pueblo to be painted blue for the opening of The Smurfs movie (Los Pitufos in Spanish). The villagers were reluctant, but a wad of cash and a promise to repaint the Pueblo white swayed the vote. 4,000 litres of vivid blue paint later, Júzcar became Smurftown

Six months on Sony came back to re- whitewash the houses. Thanks, but we will stay blue said the whole village – from a handful of visitors each year over 80,000 people passed through in the six months!

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Mountain village of Juzcar, once white, now Smurftown

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Streets of Juzcar

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You'll find the town pharmacy here

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Everything is blue, including the 16th century church - Smurfs welcome