Old Town, Ronda La Ciudad
Santa María la Mayor
From the new bridge Calle del Teniente Gordo runs south to the picturesque Plaza de la Duquesa de Parcent, in which is the church of Santa María la Mayor. Originally a mosque, the church has preserved four Moorish domes; the Gothic aisles flanking the nave and the tall Plateresque Capilla Mayor were added in Christian times. The church has fine Renaissance stalls and a Moorish mihrab (prayer niche indicating the direction of Mecca).
Beyond the Santa María la Mayor in Ronda, at the southern tip of the plateau, is the old Moorish Alcazaba, which was destroyed by the French in 1808. From here the Paseo de San Francisco leads down through a Moorish gate, the Puerta de Almocávar, to the district of San Francisco.
Casa de Mondragón
To the west of Santa María la Mayor in Ronda, on the edge of the plateau, is the Casa de Mondragón, a Renaissance mansion with an interesting doorway, in which the Catholic Monarchs once stayed.
From the Plaza del Campanillo in Ronda , to the right of the Casa de Mondragón, a footpath descends the side of the crag to the ruined water-mills on the Río Guadalevín.This scenic gorge is known as El Tajo and is one of the main attractions of Ronda.
El Tajo - View
Walking through Ronda's El Tajo, there is a choice between continuing on the main path which pursues a zigzag course to the lower mills (- 1/2 hour), and taking a side path on the right, through a small Moorish gate, the Arco Árabe or Arco del Cristo, to the power station (20minutes) and the upper mills. From either path there are fine views of the waterfalls and the Puente Nuevo.
Casa del Rey Moro
From the Puente Nuevo in Ronda, Calle del Comandante Linares (to the left) leads to the Casa del Rey Moro (House of the Moorish King), a mansion with a terraced garden from which there are fine views. From here a flight of 365 steps tunnelled through the rock goes down to the river.
To the right of the Puente Viejo in Ronda is a Moorish bath-house (13th-14th century) with horseshoe arches.