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Sculpture to the bull, outside of the Ronda bulling © Michelle Chaplow
Sculpture to the bull, outside of the Ronda bulling.

A LOAD OF BULLS

No one can come to the hilltop town of Ronda, Andalucia's most-visited pueblo blanco, without being aware of its significance in the bullfighting world. From Pedro Romero, who revolutionised bullfighting in the 18th century by doing it on foot (as opposed to horseback) here, to corrida fans Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway (See FACT II), who both loved the town and visited frequently, to famed matador Antonio Ordoez, whose finca is nearby (his old friend Hemingway's ashes were scattered there). Ordoez started the Feria Goyesca, a colourful tableau of Goya-period costumes (the painter often portrayed bullfighters), based on his paintings. The spectacular pageant celebrates the painter (Goya), the bullfighter (Romero) and the art (bullfighting).

  • Fact 1 - Ronda's most famous son, Pedro Romero, changed the face of bullfighting
  • Fact 2 - English painter David Bomberg lived and worked in Ronda in the 1950s, producing some of the finest landscapes of Spain
  • Fact 3 - Five thousand-year-old cave paintings near Ronda are an unusual and fascinating experience
  • Fact 4 - Ernest Hemingway loved bullfighting, and he loved Ronda - so much so that he used it as a setting for his novels
  • Fact 5 - The mountains around Ronda were a popular hide-out for bandits in the 19th century
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