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An Enchanting Dive into the history of Ronda
Ronda in Andalucia, Spain is a popular city amongst travellers due to its romantic location in the mountains. The history of Ronda has seen many rulers settle and build upon the town, which is perched on top of a mighty cliff. Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs and Catholic monarchs all left their mark. Wars and subsequent rebellions such as the Napoleonic invasion and the Spanish civil war inspired many stories, including Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls”.
The romantic character of both the location and history of Ronda has accumulated in a yearly event known as Ronda Romantíca. In 2015, it is celebrated on 15, 16 and 17 May. Although it wasn’t set up until recently, every year more people flood to the city to witness this enchanting dive into the past. As locals dress up as their favourite character from history, the streets come alive with markets, parades, music, dances and stories from the romantic times of Ronda – the late 18th and the 19th century. It is simply a must-see experience.
For Ronda Romantíca 2015, there is a focus on romantic storytelling as the event stages their own recreation of Carmen. (See the video below.) The tale fits well with the many nobles, bandits, goyesque ladies, French soldiers and other colourful personas from the romantic history of Ronda that roam the streets during the festival. Another important part of Ronda Romantíca is the historical fair, where the importance of livestock for the area throughout the ages becomes obvious. Cattle and horses were a great source of wealth, and the stately traditional fairs where these could be traded exempted from tax were a tell-tale sign of city’s importance. It’s no wonder then that one of Spain’s oldest bull rings is found in Ronda.
So do you love history, romantic views and enthusiastic Spanish fiestas? Then you can’t miss out on Ronda Romantíca 2015! Whether you participate in the parade in your own costume or enjoy the traditional fair, dances and stories as a spectator – this is one experience you won’t forget.
Ronda Romantíca is just one of the many great events in the greater region of Marbella. As a high quality search agent with a focus on quality property in Marbella and surroundings, Realista is keen to offer her clients a glimpse of what living in Marbella is like. We regularly post about news from Marbella, as well as lifestyle and luxury properties in Marbella. Check back to this blog often to stay up to date!
Image & video via www.ronda-romantica.es