Interesting facts about Ronda

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Have you heard about Ronda but you have not visited it yet?  If that is the case, why don’t you add it to your list of places to visit while you are on holiday at Hotel Angela, your hotel in Fuengirola? If you do you will surely enjoy the experience!

If what you need is a little push before exploring new places these interesting facts about Ronda might make you change your mind:

  • Ronda is one of the most beautiful and famous towns in Andalusia.

 

  • Its Puente Nuevo was built in the18th century. Nowadays this is considered the symbol of this lovely town.

 

  • Ronda is all about the old bullfighting tradition. Its bullring is one of the oldest and most important in Spain.
  • In 1994 in this bullring Queen of Pop Madonna shot her video “Take a Bow”. In it she appeared with Spanish bullfighter Emilio Muñoz.
  • Ronda is also famous for its great cuisine, for this reason in 2010 popular celebrity chef Jamie Oliver visited Costa del Sol and went to Ronda to shoot the first episode of his cooking show “Jamie Does”.   In it Jamie visited the Bullring, had a chat with the master ham cutters from “La Casa del Jamón”, had tapas in local bars and bought delicious “tortas de la virgen” baked by the nuns of Iglesia de la Merced.
  • Famous American writer Ernest Hemingway loved Ronda and he spent there part of his life.
  • Same as Hemingway famous American actor and director Orson Welles also fell in love with the place, for this reason when he died his ashes were scattered there, in the estate of one of his best friends, bullfighting legend Antonio Ordoñez.
  • “Curro Jimenez”, a very Popular Spanish TV show from the 70s, was shot in the Ronda Mountains.

Very interesting, right?

If after reading this post about Ronda you would love to visit, you might be interested in knowing that although Ronda seems quite distant from Fuengirola it is quite easy to get there either by coach or by train. The coach service departs from Fuengirola Bus station while if you decide to go by train, you will have to take it in Los Boliches and get off in Malaga María Zambrano Station. Once there there is a mid distance train to Ronda.

Have fun and make the most of one of the gems of Andalucia!

Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations

Fuengirola’s Holy Week 2017

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Holy Week is here, so if right now you are staying at Hotel Angela and you fancy attending some fantastic religious events, you might find this blog post quite useful as here we detail the events scheduled for the upcoming days:

This Wednesday, the 12th of April, at 9:30 P.M. the images of Captive Jesus Christ and the Virgin of Los Dolores will be taken out from their brotherhood headquarters, located in Los Boliches in Avenida Jesús Cautivo, by the fairground, very close to our hotel. This procession will pass through the main streets in Los Boliches and will finish around 02:00 A:M.

The following day, on Thursday the 13th, The Fusionada Brotherhood will take their images of Jesus Christ and the Virgin out in procession at 8:30 P.M.  At that time they will leave the brotherhood headquarters located in Fuengirola city centre by Saln Varietes Theatre and will pass through some of the most important streets in town like Plaza de la Constitución and Avenida Condes de San Isidro before finishing their route at about 01:00 A.M.

That same day, also at 8:30 P.M. the Pasión Botherhood will also take their Virgin and Jesus Christ figures out in procession. They will start their route in Calle Córdoba and will pass through Avenida de Mijas, Avenida Condes de San Isidro and Plaza de la Constitucion among a few other streets. This procession will end at around 02:00 A.M.

On Good Friday, at 8:30 P.M., The Fusionada Brotherhood will take 2 other figures out in procession from their headquarters in Fuengirola City centre and will pass through the main streets in town like Avenida Condes San Isidro, Plaza de la Constitucion and Plaza de los Reyes Catolicos, ending its route at about 01:30 A.M.

That same day the Yacente Brotherhood will take their figures out in procession, leaving their headquarters located by Bioparc Fuengirola at 8:00 P.M., and the Pasion Brotherhood will also go in procession at 8:15 starting their route in Calle Cordoba. The first procession will end at about 01:00 A.M and the second one at about 11:30 P.M.

To finish off the Week of Passion, on Sunday the 16th, known as Resurrection Sunday, at 11:30  A.M. the Cautivo Brotherhood which headquarters are located by the fairground, will take the image of their Resurrected Christ out in procession, passing through the main streets of Los Boliches and taking it back in its temple at around 2:30 P.M.

If you have the fortune of being on holiday at Hotel Angela right now, we recommend you not to miss one of the most beautiful Holy Week representations in Costa del Sol!

Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations

Palm Sunday

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This Sunday, the 9th of April, is Palm Sunday, date when Holy Week officially starts in Spain.

On Palm Sunday Christians commemorate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on a donkey, and because of this the images that are taken out in procession that day represent this beautiful scene.

As its name states Palm Sunday is linked to palms and olive branches as according to Matthew the Apostle when Jesus entered Jerusalem the crowd layed clothes, palms and branches on the ground to welcome him while he was acclaimed as King and son of God. It is because of all this that nowadays olive branches and palms are blessed in the mass previous to the procession and are kept in homes during the whole year normally beside a picture or figure of Jesus.

If right now you are on holiday at Hotel Angela, your hotel in Fuengirola, and you fancy experiencing a traditional Spanish Palm Sunday we have good news for you as you will not have to go too far to enjoy it. Although the processions that take place in Malaga city are stunning and better known all over Spain, in Fuengirola we also have some amazing ones, therefore next Sunday we recommend you to visit Fuengirola city centre at about 1:00P.M and to take your camera with you as you will be able to take breathtaking pictures.

Are you ready for a great Holy Week in Costa del Sol?

Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations