Ronda is known first of all from the very high bridge over the gorge but it is nice small town with many lovely places and spectacular views from and on the cliffs. The bull ring in Ronda is the oldest in Spain. This is the less shown view of the white Ronda.
Wiki: American artists Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles spent many summers in Ronda as part-time residents of Ronda's old town quarter called La Ciudad. Both wrote about Ronda's beauty and famous bull-fighting traditions. Their collective accounts have contributed to Ronda's popularity over time.
In the first decades of the 20th century the famous German poet Rainer Maria Rilke spent extended periods in Ronda. There he kept a permanent room at the Hotel Reina Victoria (built in 1906) where his room remains to this day as he left it, a mini-museum of Rilkeana. According to the hotel's publicity, Rilke wrote (though probably not in Spanish) "He buscado por todas partes la ciudad soñada, y al fin la he encontrado en Ronda" and "No hay nada más inesperado en España que esta ciudad salvaje y montañera" ("I have sought everywhere the city of my dreams, and I have finally found it in Ronda" and "There is nothing that is more startling in Spain than this wild and mountainous city.")
Hemingway's novel For Whom the Bell Tolls describes the execution of Nationalist sympathizers early in the Spanish Civil War. The Republicans murder the Nationalists by throwing them from cliffs in an Andalusian village, and Hemingway allegedly based the account on killings that took place in Ronda at the cliffs of El Tajo.
Orson Welles said he was inspired by his frequent trips to Spain and Ronda (e.g. his unfinished film about Don Quixote). After he died in 1985, his ashes were buried in a well located on the rural property of his friend, the retired bullfighter Antonio Ordoñez.
English writer George Eliot's book Daniel Deronda ("Daniel of Ronda") tells the story of a Spanish Jew brought up as an Englishman. There has been some speculation that Eliot's ancestors had lived in Ronda prior to the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492.
In the fashion world, Italian designer Giorgio Armani specially designed the bullfighting costume called ‘Goyesco’ for famed bullfighter Cayetano Rivera Ordóñez on the occasion of the ‘Corrida Goyesca’ that took place on September 6, 2009, in Ronda. Cayetano's suit of lights was in the Goyaesque style, comprising a jacket, trousers and cloak in techno-satin. The three pieces are embroidered with sequins, small glitter stones and thread, all matching the colour of the background fabric.
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snunney (101634) 2014-08-10 7:16
I like the point of view with the stone wall making a fine frame for the whitewashed houses and the church tower offering an excellent focal point. The light and colours give the image the allure of a watercolour which I find most appealing. Thanks for sharing, have a good Sunday afternoon.
dcole (281) 2014-08-10 7:22
This is a superb capture of Ronda. The partial view of the arched walkway really anchors the shot and contributes to perfect composition. The depth of field and sharpness are excellent. Thanks for sharing!
Noel_Byrne (32094) 2014-08-10 7:46
I have heard of the famous pink and blue cities of India, but the white city of Spain is a new one to me, this is exactly why I love trekearth, something new to learn everyday :)
Fantastic view over the city, and you have captured its white soul really well here, it seems to glow against this vivid sky. Really nice idea to leave this stone wall in the foreground too,which creates an excellent layer of depth.
Thanks as always, have a nice Sunday.
PaulVDV (29809) 2014-08-10 8:30
Isn't Ronda really a dream city? It's one of my favorite places in Spain (together with Toledo). I've also walked through this gate and have some pictures of it. Too bad my Ronda pictures aren't too good to post here.
The view here is fantastic and the town looks most attractive under that magnificent sky.
Wonderful cloud lines, just like a painting.
Best regards, Paul
rbassin (23407) 2014-08-10 8:39
Point de vue bien choisi, s'ouvrant agréablement sur la ville de Ronda.
J'aime le mur et le chemin au premier plan.
npecanhuk (75592) 2014-08-10 8:46
A very attractive place!
A very beautiful picture!
I like that bluish tonality!
Chosen pov, sharpness, exposure and composition are excellent!
TFS - congrats,
lousat (93606) 2014-08-10 9:26
Hi Malgo,magnificent capture of this town not often seen on TE,the view is very rich and caught in a great exposure to create a magic light,very very nice composition under the perfect sky.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Didi (60588) 2014-08-10 9:30
Nice view on the city
The sky has an influence on the shades with a blue sky colour
Good frame quality
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-08-10 9:49
A fine view of the city steeped in history and culture with a really well written note. I liked the way you framed the shot with the strong foreground. Excellent exposure and depth all the way.
Thanks for sharing this superb picture.
Have a great new week ahead.
cornejo (43859) 2014-08-10 10:38
Hola Malgo, excelente vista de esta bella ciudad de Andalucía, muy bien compuesta y captada en esta estupenda foto, buena nitidez, profundidad, luz, color y calidad. Excelente trabajo bien realizado mis felicitaciones amiga mía.
Buena noche y feliz comienzo de semana.
Un cordial abrazo.
Angel y Toñi.
ikeharel (73549) 2014-08-10 10:53
Fabulouis town, uniquely built on a high two hills, with a great view above the trough dividing the old town and the more modern part, malgo.
An excelent point found on the bridge, pic. space well allocated and exquisitely show the white houses in details.
partly cloudy sky gave special texture, yet with enough daylight to get a nice result.
photoray (13981) 2014-08-10 11:40
Fine view of classical historical Ronda, with the wall and pathway leading the eye into the white architecture. And an interesting narrative of famous Yanks staying here and loving its culture.
I wonder if a popular name for females here "Ronda" is derived from this majestic place?
Thanks for sharing
PS: I cropped the right tire of the Hupmobile to avoid including part of the red car to the right.
I am a big fan of cropping and do not believe every inch of a subject needs to be within the scene. And so many photographs would be more attractive if the boring sky was cropped out. So many people believe the sky must be included in the scene. I often crop it out, which also has an advantage of turning the scene into a wider panoramic.
holmertz (54961) 2014-08-10 12:20
A very nice postcard type of photo with the wall making a fine diagonal in the foreground and then the street leading me into the central part. The clouds are almost as fine as the houses. Actually, the new buildings on the right side are not entirely beautiful but they fit the surroundings reasonaby well. The light is very nice too.
fritzi007 (11155) 2014-08-10 14:22
wunderschöne Perspektive von dieser schönen Stadt in Weiß, sehr gute Fotoqualität, gratuliere dir herzlich!
Wünsch dir einen schönen Tag
carlo62 (50800) 2014-08-10 14:48
le antiche mura in primo piano e la torre spiccano più del dovuto anche per il loro colore, o meglio, per il colore della città.
Il bianco vince su tutto e sembra proseguire verso il cielo attraverso le nuvole, bianche anche loro.
Bello scatto e bella condivisione.
rychem (38121) 2014-08-10 21:28
Świetne, widok jest niepowtarzalny, a Snunney ma rację, że to widok jak namalowany akwarelami
jjcordier (79297) 2014-08-10 21:32
Joli point de vue sur Ronda où il est bien agréable de se promener au milieu des belles maisons blanches.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2014-08-11 13:22
This is a great shot of this fantastic architecture! Your composition and POV are great showing the castle and town from this perspective. The lighting and colors are great with excellent sharpness and detail.
swapankumarroy (2847) 2014-08-12 10:44
Your article about the old city Ronda is very much interesting and you are efficiently captured it. First of all your capturing position as well as perfect exposure made this image so beautiful. Very well balanced color and light.
best of all and thanks.
Tue (39444) 2014-08-12 12:40
Lovely photo of the town. Nice inclusion of the old wall and gate in the foreground, it creates a nice contrast with the white houses. Some friendly clouds in the sky top it all off. Thanks for sharing!
siudzi (34141) 2014-08-12 13:58
To musi być wyjątkowe i piękne miejsce! Widziałam Twoje zdjęcia zamieszczone na FB i nie mam wątpliwości o jego fantastycznym charakterze:)
Super praca wykonana z dobrze wybranego punktu widzenia.
stego (24132) 2014-08-12 15:05
Very nice view, with the sky seeming to much the colour of the houses (was it because of it that you chose that bluish dominant? it may be a technical flaw, but I like the effect). I like also the way you used the street to give it dynamics and depth.
Every time I see photos of Ronda it comes to my mind that I should visit it. Maybe it is this month... I am hesitating between South or North Spain and Morocco...
jemaflor (99075) 2014-08-12 23:04
Well composed your photo with a good effect with the wall in the Fg, Good pov on the white town with interesting focal point on the tower.
claudeD (39871) 2014-08-13 5:26
very fine picture from Ronda this amazing white village in the mountain. I like your composition , fine colors and light managment. I like Andalucia very much and I think that I will go back after our visit this year.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Angshu (56760) 2014-08-13 22:12
Its not often that we see this type of picture from Ronda...mostly its the distant view highlightng the steep cliff face...I guess that cliff is just beyond the ledge on the right. Good perspective leading to the tower on the BG...So many details to explore...Thanks also for your super informative note!
adores (45877) 2014-08-18 15:54
This pov is different from what we usually see from Ronda. A very beautiful composition! I like the sky and the light here and there are so many nice details to see!