Ronda is a town of 35,000 residents in Andalusia, between Sevilla and the Costa del Sol. It clings to both sides of the top of a ravine, with the "New Bridge," built in the 1750's, connecting the two sides of the town, as shown in the photo above.
The bridge rises 390 feet (120 m) from the floor of this gorge that divides the town.
The edge of the gorge in town offers dramatic and delightful views down to the Andalusian countryside
Ronda has many quiet corners with charming architectural details. The town was founded in the 6th Century, B.C. and became part of the Muslim occupation of Spain from 713 - 1485.
My husband and I first became aware of Ronda upon reading the architect Julia Morgan used the Ronda Cathedral tower as the model for the towers of San Simeon, also known as the Hearst Castle, which she designed for William Randolph Hearst on the California coast. We close this series with the above photo of the Ronda Cathedral tower silhouetted against the sky at sunset. I will show some additional photos of Ronda in a few weeks.