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Ronda's Plaza de Toros .

It was a music video by Madonna (Take A Bow) that made Ronda's bullring famous with young people world wide . The song had nothing to do with bullfighting but the video did feature a real bullfighter, Emilio Muñoz, and some nifty aerial views of the historic bullring of Ronda.

Ronda is considered the birthplace of modern bullfighting and its bullring was famous even before Madonna. It was here in the 16th century that Philip II established the Real Maestranza de Caballeria, a training facility for developing horsemanship. Equestrian training has its roots in the Middle Ages when horse skills were essential in battle. Bulls, willing to charge at the mounted horse, served as a way of training the horse and its rider. Horses are still used today in bullfights but in the 1700's it became fashionable to de mount the horse and face the bull, man to.....bull. In Ronda, Fransisco Romero added the sword and cape to the event, creating the style of bullfighting found all over Spain today.

ronda's bullring
Photo above - Ronda's Plaza de Toros can be visited even when no bullfights are being preformed.

After checking out the bullring you can also visit the stables and the bullfighting museum, both are part of the bullring complex.

Before entering the arena bulls head down a long dark corridor towards the red door.
Photo Above, top layer - entering the bullring from the bulls point of view. Bottom layer photo shows the red doorway as seen from the Matadors point of view.

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review of the hotel Gabriel in Ronda
Ronda Hotel
Our review of Hotel Gabriel

Ronda's bullring is very large

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Some of Ronda's Sights:
The New Bridge
The Puente Nuevo is over 200 years old.
Ronda - city wall
A walk down the cliff by way of the reconstructed city wall.

Palacio de Mondragón
The Palace is both an historic treasure and a museum

The new gate and the "Palacio del Marques de Salvatierra"

The Restored Arab Baths
Considered one of the best preserved Arab Baths in Europe.

Plaza de Toros
The famous bullring of Ronda
La Casa del Ray Moro, the Water Mine and Garden





Banos Arabes My visit to the Arab baths of Ronda.


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This page last updated December 2008

Information on this page comes from my March 1999 and October 2006 visit to Spain