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Royal School of Cavalry in Ronda - Ronda (Malaga)

More than simply a famous bullring, this is the base camp for a foundation working hard to promote culture from the vantage point of the fabled city of Ronda. Literature, art, music, history and horseback riding come together within the ancient walls of the Real Maestranza de Caballería in Ronda.

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Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda
Cultural institution, bullring and museum
Birth: 16th century
Location: Ronda
Directed by: Ignacio Herrera
Did you know? the bullring has been frequented by several fabulous artists such as Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway

Bet you thought it was just a bullring. Well it is, sort of. The famed bullring in Ronda is also the head office for the Royal School of Cavalry, a foundation that runs a riding school, a library with some of the oldest books about Ronda and a collection of museums including one dedicated to the history of bullfighting, the Royal Harness Collection (harnesses, saddlery and livery), a collection of antique firearms (almost 300 pieces used by monarchs over the centuries) and a gallery.

It’s not hard to understand why the bullring itself is the focal point of most visits. Built in the 18th century, the arena is 66 metres in diameter surrounded by 136 neoclassical columns on two levels. These days it is only open as a tourist attraction, but twice a year it is resurrected during the Corrida Goyesca in September and again for an annual exhibition of carriages.

While these are the main reasons the Real Maestranza receives so many visitors, there are more important tasks at hand. The foundation organizes scholarships, prizes (such as Eustory - a history competition for young people) and a cultural programme made up of courses and concerts, an indication of the new, forward-looking vision being sculpted over the last few years.

Getting there?

Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda
C/ Virgen de la Paz, 15
Ronda, 952871539, info(a)

Opening hours:
· November to February: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.
· March: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00.
· April to September: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00.
· October: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00.

Price: Individual tickets € 6, for groups € 5 each, € 4 school groups.

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