Ronda's bull fighting arena
Ronda's bull fighting arena is one of the oldest in Spain
Hike where people have died, arena where bulls have died, ancient burial sites and a cathedral where there is a dead explorer
When I read through this blog entry I notice that a lot of it is about death in one way or another. That was not intentional. Even though death seems to be a theme I still don't think it is neither depressing nor dark. Well, you can read it and judge for yourself.
I will begin this blog entry by telling you about my two big disappointments on this trip namely Alhambra in Granada and Caminito del Rey northwest of Málaga. They were disappointments because I didn't get to visit any of them. If you are in Andalucía and wish to visit any of those two places you need to reserve your tickets more than one or perhaps even more than two months in advance. Alhambra
: Supposedly Alhambra Palace is an architectural and artistic marvel. I wouldn't know because I didn't plan my trip two months in advance so I got no ticket. I didn't even bother to go there to see it from the outside. I'll make sure
Ronda's bull fighting arena
You may argue that the right thing to do is to boycott this place because the main activity here is cruelty to animals thinly disguised as entertainment. Having said that I have to admit that the arena is a beautiful building and for that alone I find it worth visiting.
to be prepared next time I'm in the area,. Caminito del Rey
: Caminito del Rey is a spectacular hiking trail built through a narrow and otherwise inaccessible gorge. This trail was only a few years ago known as "the most dangerous hike in the world" because the original path had deteriorated so badly that falling off and getting killed was a possible outcome. But it has since then been restored and today it is safe to hike there. I wanted to do that hike so I went there. It turned out that they for safety reasons limit the number of hikers each day and just like in Alhambra I was unable to get my hands on an admission ticket because I didn't make a reservation in time.
Fortunately there are plenty of interesting things to see in Andalucía so although I failed to see two of the highlights I got to visit several other places. For the rest of this blog entry I am going to write about those. Ronda
Ronda is beautiful town of great historical importance. There are many reasons for visiting Ronda such as:
=> Central Ronda is
Church in Ronda
A church in central Ronda
located on top of a mountain which provides great views over the surrounding area
=> The winding streets of the historical city centre. Just walking around in central Ronda is worth the effort of going there
=> Ronda's bull fighting arena
is one of the oldest in Spain. You may argue that the right thing to do is to boycott this place simply because the sole purpose of the arena is to bring in bulls, torture them for a while and then kill them. Cruelty to animals thinly disguised as entertainment. Having said that I have to admit that the arena is a beautiful building and for that alone I find it worth visiting. Also it is one of the most important bull fighting arenas in Spain so the historical importance of it is undeniable.
=> The Ronda Bridges: Right through Ronda runs a river through a deep ravine effectively dividing the town in two parts. Spanning the ravine there are three stone bridges. The highest one, Puente Nuevo
(which means "New Bridge". It isn't very new. It was build in the 18th century) is 98 meters high according to Wikipedia and it is spectacularly beautiful to say the least.
View from Ronda over the surroundings
Central Ronda is located on top of a mountain which provides great views over the surrounding area
=> Museo Lara: In this museum a private collection of antiquities are on display. The items on display are for instance weapons, telephones, clocks, cameras, scientific equipment and so on.
One day I went to Seville. In the city centre there are several important historical buildings. I decided to dedicate my time there to see only the cathedral. Since I went to Seville on a day tour from Málaga and if you take into account that the cathedral is large and popular (read: the lines to get in are long) I simply didn't have time to see much else.
The Seville Cathedral
is according to Wikipedia the third largest church building in the world. If that is accurate or not I don't know but I have seen it so I can verify that it is huge. It is not possible by looking at the photos to grasp the actual size of it. But hopefully the pictures at least manage to give people an indication of how large it is. By the way, the explorer Christoffer Columbus is buried in Seville Cathedral. Antequera Dolmens
: Antequera is the name of a town and Dolmens are
Statue of a bullfighter
Statue of a bullfighter outside Ronda's bull fighting arena
a kind of ancient burial mounds. There are three of them in total, they are 20 meters or so in diameter and maybe four meters high and there is a tunnel leading into each one of them. What makes them spectacular, and what also made them earn a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, is their age. It is believed that they were erected 4,000 years ago, that is roughly at the same time as the pyramids in Egypt.
In the beginning I mentioned two places I didn't visit in Andalucía. Here at the end I thought that I will write own a couple of other sites I would like to visit but I didn't have the time to go to. Click on the links if you wish to know more about them:
=> Rock art sites
=> Rio Tinto
With this I now finish this blog entry from Spain. Hope you enjoyed it
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