When visiting the Andalucian city of Ronda in Spain, many come to admire the views of the gorge from the bridge. The bridge is famous for its views and for separating the old town from the new town.
The old town has remnants of the historic town walls and gates with its old neighborhoods and family friendly streets. The new town has a more modern feel with newer shops. At night, both areas are great places to explore the town and enjoy a stroll with the locals. During the day, Ronda can be packed with tourists visiting its sights and taking in its wonderful views. While many pack the town during the day to walk the streets and explore, you can get away from the crowds by hiking into the gorge to get a different view of the bridge and life just outside of Ronda.
To get away from town for a hike, head towards the old town near Plaza Maria de Auxiliadora. Near the square, there is a path that leads down into the gorge. As you walk down the gorge, it’s an easy hike for most people with some steps and a sloped path down to the bottom (just make sure you wear shoes with traction). The walk down is about 30 minutes to the bottom (time will vary for each person) and there are numerous stops along the way to relax, catch your breath, or have your breath taken away with the photo opportunities. When you finally make it to the bottom, you will have a picture-perfect postcard view of Ronda’s famous bridge.
Take a backpack and a picnic with you as you have lunch at one of the numerous stops on your way to the bottom. View the countryside of Ronda where everything around you is peaceful. Enjoy the fields, farms, and animals which seem like another world away from the streets of Ronda.
Refresh yourself and make sure you have plenty of food and water during the hot summer months. And remember that it is a tougher hike on the way up and will take a little longer than it took to get down.As you pause, reflect, and just look at the bridge and the countryside, you will seem miles away from the streets of Ronda and appreciate the peace of the countryside. Hiking in Ronda isn’t difficult but it is definitely rewarding.
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