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El Tajo
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Ronda Gorge Buggy Tour
Ranked #2 of 86 things to do in Ronda
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Kiev, Ukraine
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“Breath taking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

It's really magnificent. We've actually drove around it on local road. Much more interesting then just walking on top of it

Visited January 2014
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“A suggested non-tourist walk to see the Tajo and the Río Guadalevín”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2014

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The Tajo in Ronda - the deep gorge splitting the town in two - is not to be confused with the River Tagus, also called Tajo in Spanish.

The river flowing through the Ronda Tajo gorge is the Río Guadalevín. My photos show an unusual view of it: in flood! Another photo shows it in springtime, just as it leaves the gorge, flowing through a field of poppies.

To get a good view of the gorge, go along the little (public) path that goes beside and behind the Ronda Parador. There is no charge for this. Then cross the famous Puente Nuevo bridge to the observation platform on the other side of the road; from there you can get another breath-taking (or heartstopping if you are nervous) view.

Then, take a walk where fewer tourists tend to go. You'll probably find the Puente Nuevo area jam-packed with Japanese groups.

This walk will take about 45 minutes in all.

From the observation platform, turn left down the main street. The pavement is quite narrow - take care. Walk for about 150 metres until you come to a wide-mouthed turning on the left which has on the right-hand side a very old square brick tower. This is the Alminar de San Sebastián; it is a former minaret for calling the faithful of Ronda to prayer to Allah. You can see the horseshoe arch to its door.

Ronda was conquered by the Arabs in 713, and re-conquered by Isabel and Fernando in 1485, so it had more than 750 years of Muslim rule - and religion.

Continue down this road – where the road forks, take the right-hand fork, moving down towards the river. Half way down, you come to a handsome building on the right; this is the Palacio del Marqués de Salvatierra - the Palace of the Marquess. He made his fortune in the Indies, and you can see above the balcony 4 figures of Andean Indies holding up the house.

From the viewpoint in front of this palace you can look down over the Río Guadalevín. This is the Puente Viejo, the Old Bridge, built 1616; sometimes called the Puente Arabe because it has the Arab baths nearby. These Baños Arabes can also be glimpsed across the river.

Walking down round the hairpin bend towards the Puente Viejo, you come to an archway, the Arco Felipe V; the Baños Arabes can again be seen below on your right. Looking back up through the Arch you can see the old city walls.

Looking down from the Arch, you can see on the left the steps both down to the bottom of the gorge (not recommended) and up through the stepped "garden" (it hasn't got much greenery) called the Jardines Ciudad de Cuenca. This is where you are going to walk to bring you back up to the Puente Nuevo, with a very good view of the gorge.

The entrance to the steps up is sometimes locked. Don't worry! If the access to the steps is locked, just 5 metres further on there’s a narrow street on the left between the houses where you can join the steps and garden.

Before going up the steps, you could look at the Fuente de los ocho canos - an interesting eight-spouted fountain. A good photo opportunity for a large family. Just walk 50 metres or so along the same road - it is right in front of you.

Don't be put off by the steps up through the so-called garden. There are so many little viewpoints built, giving you a chance to look down into the Tajo, or across to the other side, seeing the terraces at different levels that householders have built, that you get more than enough chance to get your breath back.

At the top, turn left, and you'll come to the main street just past the Parador.

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Visited September 2013
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Marbella, Spain
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“El Tajo de Ronda”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2014

El Tajo is one of the most photographed places in Ronda - and no wonder, it´s indeed beautiful. The view from Puente Nueva (The New Bridge) is fantastic.

Visited December 2013
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“worth the wait”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2014

Months ago I learned about Ronda and the famous bridge and after visited the town and walking the bridge it was worth the wait. It felt great to stand on the bridge and see the incredible views of the surrounding mountains and valley. But I think the best part was walking the path from the old town down to the bottom of the gorge and hiking under the bridge. You really appreciate the height! Also, we wwalked down the same path but cut left and walked around the back of the town coming up by the old walls and gate. It was a beautiful day and the walk was nice. Not too taxing and we rewarded ourselfs with a nice cup of tea and a snack in a little cafe by the gates.

Visited January 2014
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Weilheim, Germany
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“stunning views, great bird watching too.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

Breathtaking views over the el Tajo gorge are one of the primary reasons to visit Ronda.The view doesn't disappoint. Walk back into the park along the cliff edges in the "new" part of town and you can hang out watching vultures, choughs, blue rock thrush, rock sparrows and crag martins.

Visited March 2013
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