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Ronda, that is where you should go if you ever go to Spain on a honeymoon or if you ever bolt with anyone. The entire town and as far as you can see in any direction is romantic background… If a honeymoon or an elopement is not a success in Ronda, it would be as well to start for Paris and commence making your own friends. - Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon (1932)
Having seen enough of Cadiz' coast and not wanting to see any more churches and such we decided to head for today's final destination: Ronda.
Ronda turned out to be one of the highlights of the whole trip. Two years ago I had considered visiting it when I was in Andalucia with Judith but it seemed to far a drive at the time. It was good to finally be able to see it with my own eyes, having previously marvelled at Ronda's pictures. The pueble blanco (white village) lies perched on an inland plateau split by a 100m fissue called El Tajo. As many Andalucian villages Ronda used to be an Islamic settlement and stayed that way relatively long because of its near-impregnable position. The old Islamic town lies south of El Tajo and is connected to the modern city with its shopping streets by Puente Neuvo (New Bridge). In both sides of the town the cliff on which it's built abruptly drops away to the valley of the Rio Guadalevin. This results in some of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen.
While mom took some rest the three of us explored parts of the city after a large cerveza. We walked to the old part of town and checked out the old city walls and views beyond. We returned via Puente Viejo bridge and had a rather exhausting climb back to the shopping area.
In the evening we had a fine and inexpensive dinner at the Lonely Planet recommended Restaurante del Escudoro. I'm still amazed that style and good service can be combined with reasonable prices in Andalucia. There's a lesson to learn for Dutch restaurants here. Being relatively tired from today's 3 hours of driving and lots of walking I went to sleep well before 12 tonight.