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Today, they provide a unique glimpse into Ronda’s past.Visitors in Moorish times to Ronda would have entered the city via the Puente Arabe, eventually entering the city centre by going through the now decrepit Puerte de la Cijara.The baths are located in the old Arab quarter of the city, known as the San Miguel Quarter. Built originally in 1314 by the Moorish King Abomelik, it was later used a the primary residence for Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand.The museum is devoted to Ronda’s rich history with examples of Roman and Moorish tombs. On Tuesdays there is free entry from 3pm for EU citizens.The gardens are exceptionally beautiful and offer a real island of tranquillity. Legend has it that this was the residence of the Moorish King, Almonated, who is said to have drank wine from the skulls of his enemies.Although more recent evidence seems to indicate that the King never actually lived in the building.His grandson, Pedro Romero (1754-1839) became one of Spain’s greatest bullfighters.He founded the Ronda School for Bullfighting, it is still known today for its classicism and strict adherence to the rules.
When the Moorish troops under the command of Tarik-ibn-Zeyad invaded the region in 8C, one of the first routes they followed was the old Roman one, linking Gibraltar with the Roman settlement of Acinipo. The ruins of Acinipo actually sit 20Km outside of modern-day Ronda.
The Real Maestranza bullring is one of the oldest and most picturesque in Spain.
It was built in 1785 by the architect Jose Martin Aldehuela - the same architect who built the Puente Nuevo. Francisco Romero, born in Ronda in 1695, is credited with giving bullfighting its modern day rules with the introduction of the cape and the muleta.
The bridge joins the old Moorish town and the newer, El Mercadillo parts of the city.
It is, by far in a way, Ronda’s most famous landmark.