Postcards from Ronda 1

Tajo gorge

Ronda is one of the oldest cities in Spain and surely one of the most dramatic locations. The town perches 750 metres above sea level, on an inland plateau that is sliced in half by the 100-metre deep Tajo gorge.

Puente Nuevo
 Three bridges span the Tajo Gorge but the newest, the 18th century Puente Nuevo, is the focal point of the town. It is a masterpiece of architecture and engineering. When you stand on the bridge and look into the deep of the gorge below, you will understand why its construction took 42 years! Apparently special machines had to be invented to raise the huge solid stone blocks from the bottom of the gorge.
Palacio de Salvatierra
Ronda is a photographer’s dream – or a nightmare if one hasn’t enough film; the battery has run down or you have a smallish memory card in your digital camera! Everywhere you look, there are delightful buildings not only the important buildings like the ‘Palacio de Mondragón’ and the Palacio de Salvatierra’, but also the ordinary houses, churches and shops. The old town is a maze of narrow streets with whitewashed houses interspersed with grand Renaissance mansions.

About Robert Bovington

Robert Bovington is an English writer of travel books. These include “Spanish Matters” and “Spanish Impressions” Robert Bovington was born in Brighton, East Sussex, the son of Leonard and Audrey Bovington. He is the first-born and has eight siblings – six brothers and two sisters. Having worked for many years in both the telecommunications industry and the teaching profession, Robert wanted to take on new challenges. He and Diane decided to relocate to Spain and, in 2003, the couple moved to Roquetas de Mar in sunny Andalucía. However, lazing on the beach was not Robert's idea of fun - he wanted to explore his new homeland. It didn't stop there! He was so impressed with Spain, its countryside, its historic cities and its culture that it inspired him to write about his experiences. Robert Bovington has been married to Diane for over thirty years. They have no children. However, Robert’s short marriage to Helene resulted in twin daughters Carole and Sheila. The author is also a grandfather and great grandfather. Robert met Diane when both belonged to the Crescent Operatic Society. Music is one of the author’s great passions. At primary school he sang in a choir in a concert of Bach and Handel. Another of his interests is football and for many years he supported Brighton & Hove Albion home and away. His favourite premiership team is Arsenal. Other interests include information technology, writing and ten-pin bowling.
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