Ronda is the beautiful mountaintop city in Andalusia, Spain. Situated on top of a deep gorge, it boasts some of the most amazing views. I have visited Ronda a few times over the years and it is one of my favourite Spanish cities. It is great for those who love exploring modern Spanish culture, as well as history.
I hope this guide is helpful if you are ever visiting Ronda or are looking for a new city to explore. 🙂
Plaza de Toros – Ronda bullring is very impressive as the largest stone bullring throughout Spain. When first visiting, it is amazing how huge it appears to be. There is also chance to walk around a small museum at the bullring to learn the history of bullfighting. Prices are very reasonable from €6.50 to €8. There are still bullfights being held here, although I have no appetite for such things, it may interest you!
Ronda Gorge – probably one of the most breath-taking views in Spain, looking over the Ronda Gorge into the depths below is both frightening and fascinating. A walk along the Puente Nuevo bridge is well worth a visit so you can oh and ah as you look down into the Guadalevin river.
Guadalevin river – this is linked to the Ronda Gorge. This river can be surveyed from 3 bridges; Puente Nuevo, Puente Viejo and Puente Romano.
The Puente Nuevo – the most impressive of the bridges in Ronda, the Puente Nuevo is the newest, with construction completed in 1793. This is one of three bridges from which you are able to admire the Gorge. It is situated near to one of Spain’s famous Parador hotels, which is worth a visit!
Plaza Duquesa de Parcent – this is the beautiful square in the city. Perfect for a stroll and picturesque Instagram pictures, or to have lunch in one of the many restaurants nearby.
Plaza Duquesa de Parcent
Plaza de Toros
*I DO NOT OWN ANY PHOTOS (they are found on Google.)
I thought to end a chapter (and year) I would look back at the best moments of 2016.
In all honesty, January didn’t start out great with both my mum and I being ill. However, it was the start to a brilliant year. New Years Eve was spent at a friends house, which was a lot of fun!
On the 31st January we celebrated Burns Night – a Scottish tradition celebrating a poet. We’re not Scottish but my mum went to a university in Scotland so we always celebrate it. As always, my best friend (Char) came and we laughed our way through dinner with my family, which is a common occurrence on this night!
February (as always) was very cold. In the half term a group of friends and I went to stay in a house near Hereford for the weekend. Although wet and muddy, we had a lot of fun and laughs. We went on walks, made a mud slide (never again!) and drank hot chocolate whilst playing board games. We also went into the city and did a bit of shopping (and eating)!
March arrived and with it brought a lot of rain and cold weather. My brother celebrated his birthday in early March, which was fun! Apart from that, not a lot happened in March other than revision for exams!
One great thing about March this year (well, last year now!) was that I wasn’t ill for 3 weeks! Considering it was winter, that was pretty good.
In April I went to Devon for the weekend with my dad. This was great and I got loads of revision done, as well as being able to stroll along the beach and enjoy the delicious pastries from the bakery. The weekend was really relaxed and well needed to de-stress just before exams started! To hear more about my Devon trip and see more pics check out my Weekend Away – Devon blog post. https://megssaskia.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/weekend-away-devon/
May went past very quickly in a blur of revision and exams. My GCSE exams started half way through May so I wasn’t able to do much other than revise. However, it started to get warmer so I still managed to find time to get out and enjoy the good weather with friends. May was also the start of BBQ season, which made up for all the revision! Check out this post for more: https://megssaskia.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/summer-evening-with-friends/
June was a very exciting month. It was the month of my dad’s birthday and the end of my GCSE’s!! We celebrated my dads birthday half way through the month and a few days later I was done with exams. This was the best feeling in the world! I then had around 2 and a half months of holidays to do whatever I liked, without having to worry about exams.
I also got my first job as a waitress in a local cafe! This was awesome because I needed something to do and also money!
In July I went to Spain with my family for two weeks. We spent most of the time by the pool and went out in the evenings to restaurants and simply to stroll through the late night stalls in nearby towns. It was a very relaxed/refreshing holiday. To see more photo’s from this trip, here is the separate blog post: https://megssaskia.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/spain-2016/
Throughout the summer I also played quite a lot of cricket as I got into the county development squad! One of the best matches I played was when I got 4 wickets in one game – 3 of which were taken in one over! Definitely something I’m going to remember!
August started off with a choir tour to Hereford. We got to sing in the cathedral each day for a week. In the evenings we went out for meals or just hung out together. The week went very quickly and I’m so excited for the next one!
GCSE results were on the 25th August. This was so nerve wracking and I remember it seemed to take forever for them to find the envelope with my name on it. I passed everything and I was so pleased! I managed to get a few A’s, B’s and only 1 C! Actually, I think I was more pleased with my C in maths than my full marks in English as I had been so convinced that I hadn’t passed, but I did! August ended with a good feeling and happiness.
Canoeing in Wales whilst on the choir trip
The shock of my results on results day!
In September I started at a new college for sixth form. I also chose my A levels; English Language, Law and Psychology. The start of college was more exciting than daunting as a few of my friends were also starting so we all got the bus together. It was easy to make friends in some classes and I also knew a few people from previous schools.
I attended a KLS (Kleine-Levin Syndrome) meeting in London. This was very eye-opening and helpful as I was able to meet other people who understood what it felt like to be ‘in episode.’
I also started visiting universities, starting with Bath. This was really cool and made me feel very grown up. I’m so excited to go to Uni!
Afternoon drinks in the sun
At a rugby match
October was also a fun and exciting month. We went back to the house in Hereford for the weekend – I seem to have spent a large amount of time in Hereford this year haha! This time more people went so it was a lot more fun! We did the same as before, except no mud slide this time!
At the end of the month we went to Paris for a few days for my 16th Birthday. This was an amazing experience as I’ve never stayed in Paris before. We saw most of the main attractions, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. We stayed a few streets away from the red light district and drove through it a few times at night – this was an experience in itself. When we came back it was my 16th birthday and we celebrated by having an excellent meal (creds to my grandma!) and I went out with some friends a few days later.
In early November both my mum and my grandma celebrated their birthdays also. 3 generations of my mums side of the family have birthdays within a week of each other, which means the excitement lasts longer than a day! 🙂
On the 5th November, it was fireworks night, which meant going into town with friends and watching the firework display. This year fireworks night was one of my favourite nights of the year! I was with Char and another friend and we just had the best night. It was good to see girl-friends as I spend most of my time around my guy friends!
Of course, the highlight for many people in December is Christmas! Our Christmas was fairly relaxed and quiet with just my parents, brother and grandma, but it was good none-the-less. Most of the day was spent lounging around, opening presents and (of course) eating!
December ended on a high as I saw friends most nights leading up to New Years Eve. The highlight was definitely seeing friends I haven’t seen in ages! We had a ‘raclette party’ which consisted of having raclette (obviously!) and playing games. Oh don’t forget Just Dance! Here’s to a great 2017!
Hi! I recently got back from a family holiday to Spain so I thought I would share photo’s and memories 🙂
Most of the time we stayed around the pool because it was so hot but we went out for dinner a few times. We met up with some family friends whilst we were there too, who had been on a cruise and stopped in Malaga. We also met up with another family who we knew really well a few years ago but hadn’t seen for ages until we ran into them in the car park of the Spanish supermarket – such a weird coincidence!
It was so nice to relax, especially after exams had finished so I was able to completely enjoy the lovely weather. Enjoy the photos!
In August my family and I went to Spain. We stayed in our apartment on the South Coast, only a 10 minute walk from the beach and opposite a cosy golf club. We spent most days lounging around in 30+ degree heat, swimming in the pool and snacking every few hours. Each evening we went out to the nearest town, either to eat or just wander round. The nearby town has little stalls each night which sell all kinds of bits and bobs, such as handmade jewellery, bags, food, souvenirs and hair braids (which they do for you, I’ve had one every time we’ve been!)
One day we went water skiing/boarding, which was so much fun, and one of the highlights of the trip. It was at a lake about a 45 minute drive away from our apartment. When we went on the water, we started on knee boards and then upgraded to ski’s. We had to sit on our kneeboards and wait to be yanked off the platform onto the river – that part hurt your arms, but was completely worth it! If you managed to stay up (which didn’t happen every time, unfortunately), cruising along the water was the most awesome feeling. Except there was a technique to going around corners, which was not as easy as some people made it look. You had to be prepared to have your arms pulled hard and stay on the board at the same time. Some corners were trickier than others but I managed to go around at least once before falling off! After we’d finished water boarding we lounged around on the beds overlooking the water, had dinner and watched the sun set. We actually went to the lake twice during our holiday because it was so much fun, even if it did make our bodies ache the next day!
One evening, after we had eaten, we went out to a nearby town and strolled along the beach. We watched the sunset and managed to get some awesome photos! It was the most relaxed evening of the trip. We finished the evening with cake and coffee (or hot chocolate) and watched people passing by, enjoying the evening.
Overall it was a good trip. It was nice to spend time with my family because we’re very busy so don’t spend much time all together, and I’m definitely missing the warm weather and the sun!