La Mina de Agua

La Mina de Agua, Ronda: Address, La Mina de Agua Reviews: 4/5

La Mina de Agua
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World26 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
There are positives and negatives. It's small. My visit lasted about 45 minutes because I spent much time observing and relaxing. The most interesting part is the mine "La mina" which is a staircase leading to the river. There is much history behind it and that makes it more exciting. I don't recommend it for people that want to enjoy a simple walk, cause the way back is a pain. It's also wet inside, something normal of you think that it was used as a water well for many years. Anyway. If you are an adventurous spirit go. If you want to relax, don't :)
Written February 9, 2020
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Kendall K
677 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
Took a stroll down 365 steps to the water mines the Moors used to use. How something so intricate was constructed without modern tools is amazing. The running water dripping throughout the staircase was cool to see, and there was a nice breeze throughout. Be wary that good walking shoes are necessary and endurance because the walk back up can be tough for some.
Written July 3, 2021
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Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
Amsterdam, The Netherlands19,833 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
As the Christian slaves used to say, you die carrying water in Ronda. Some 300 slippery steps down mostly inside the mountain. Located INSIDE the Casa del Rey Moro. If you just want to see the Puento Nuevo, there are outdoor steps on the other side which work better.
Written October 21, 2019
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Bruce W
Mijas, Spain1,754 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
Mining for Water.
This water mine is located on Calle Cuesta de Santo Domingo, which is the first turning on your left after crossing the Puente Nuevo towards the old city. Albeit referred to as the House of the Moorish King, intimating Arabic origins, the oldest documentary evidence dates the palacio no further back than the 18th century. In all probability, the Moors had built a structure to house or protect the water mine originally. Its apparently Moorish terraced gardens, with its water fountains, lily ponds and decoratively tiled steps, were actually designed sometime between between 1912 and 1923 by the architect and landscape gardener Jean Claude Forestier, who had been commissioned by the Duquesa de Parcent. However, the palacio does incorporate one element of Ronda’s Moorish presence . . . the so-called water mine.
Ronda’s Moorish King, Abomelik, was the one who determined that it would be a good idea to carve a stone staircase into a natural vertical crack in the rock of the Tajo gorge with the aim of easing access to a water supply from the Guadalevin river below. Using ‘free’ labour in the form of prisoners-of-war to construct the staircase seemed another good idea to Abomelik. Apparently there were 365 steps down to the river, but today there are, somewhat mysteriously, certainly less than 300. Some say as low as 213, but the surest way is to count them yourself. The staircase had been restored in 1911 and maybe, at the time of these repairs, they found a shortcut? As a cautionary warning; watch your progress on the climb, as the lower half of the steps are usually rather wet.

The Palacio is currently closed to the public for restoration, so we will have a look at that after the renovations have completed. Today however, you can visit the water-mine and the terraced and tiled gardens. (As a 74 year old with angina and arthritic knees I managed it down to the river and back up . . . eventually). There is even a small café with terrace for those needing to recuperate after the return climb, but be aware that this may not always be open in the winter months – it was not open on a sunny day in December.

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Written December 20, 2018
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fredaugust61
Budapest, Hungary67 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Besides a lot of historical builings the minas de Aqua is different. The old water mine is not only very interesting, it also tells you a story about history. The water supply was actually the Achilles`heel in the defense of Ronda against the attacking christian army. Otherwise you would consider Rona as impregnable.
Written July 4, 2019
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Karen M
Sydney, Australia11 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
Really enjoyed the water mines! Really interesting...and death defying...walking down into the depths of the mine. Fantastic photo opportunities and beautiful view at the bottom looking back up to the town. Definitely take a torch or phone, it is pitch black in places but we had lots of laughs navigating our way down in the dark (obviously OH&S is not big in Ronda!). Some lovely views from the garden and also a beautiful walk if you continue on down the hill after visiting the mine to the other side of the town. Great photo opportunities. Would highly recommend it.
Written August 14, 2017
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tyteen4a03
24 contributions
Jul 2017 • Solo
The mine (and the river view) itself is pretty impressive but the safety features are severely lacking: Handrails falling off, unmaintained floors, puddles everywhere. Make sure you wear non-slip shoes and hold onto the handrails for dear life.
Written July 12, 2017
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Rux
Ilkley, UK22 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
A place if you can climb stairs up and down is not to be missed. La mina, as it's locally called its a beautiful structure build inside the rock as a fortress for transport goods from one side to another in time of battles.

The attraction opens up with a beautiful garden with views toward the Ronda. It is a peaceful place for meditation and relaxation. After that you can continue your adventure inside the rock climbing down all the way to the river. I was leading a group of ladies whose ages vary form 25-75. I have to say it was an adventure worth going for. I separated the group in two and left the younger ones to spring down on their own as I remind behind with the rest of my group. Yes, indeed there are a lot of stairs to go and it can be quite slippery after rainy day, but in general quite safe if precautions are taken such as appropriate shoes.

Don't get me wrong you don't need special equipment and you can easily do it in your flip-flops as long s they are comfortable and you are holding yourself on the rope provided for extra support.

I have to say although some of us took longer than other to go down and up again it was an adventure worth going for. Every person in my group loved the experience and after all that hard work a cafeteria that is only at the corner of this attraction provided us with the refreshing well deserved ice-cream we needed (of course everything under cost).
Written August 5, 2016
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Rossco27
London, UK208 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
I agree it's a Challenge to get to the bottom. Steep and wet steps but very tranquil at the bottom or it was for us as we were the only people there. Garden are nice, glad we did it
Written December 4, 2019
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Ewelina
London, UK119 contributions
Oct 2019
Going down and up will squeeze the sweat out. And there is nothing interesting on the bottom, just different perspective of the cliffs.
Written October 28, 2019
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