Are you planning your next trip and wondering what are the best things to do in Ronda? You’ve probably already seen photos of the famous Ronda Bridge, but is there something else to see? Won’t you be bored? Wonder no more! We were there, saw it all and now we can help you plan your dream trip to Ronda. With this travel guide, you won’t miss any of the cool places in this charming little Spanish town. Vamos!
Interesting fact. Ronda is one of the oldest towns in Spain! It was first settled by the Celts in the 6th century BC and later inhabited by the Romans and Moors. Julius Caesar declared it a city in the 1st century AD. While wandering around Ronda you can feel that it’s full of history and mysteries. And it looks awesome in photos too!
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Ronda, Spain FAQ
Ronda is a fairly small Spanish city located in Andalusia in the province of Malaga, at an altitude of about 739 m a.s.l. It’s one of the towns that are included in the Sierra de las Nieves National Park.
Of course! Ronda is a place worth visiting, especially its charming old town. The famous bridge, narrow cobbled streets full of beautiful (and sometimes shabby) buildings and squares, small shops, and hidden alleys… Ronda has it all, and even more. We found it very pleasant to discover. Also, thanks to its location on higher terrain, Ronda offers spectacular views over the nearby areas. For us, Ronda became one of our favorite spots in Andalusia.
Ronda is best known for the spectacular Puente Nuevo, a bridge that crosses El Tajo de Ronda Gorge and connects the old town with its modern part. The city is also famous for its charming old town, spectacular views over the surroundings, and… being the birthplace of bullfighting! Without a doubt, Ronda is one of the most beautiful Andalusian white villages and that fact makes it one of the most visited places in Spain.
Ronda is a perfect destination for one-day trips from bustling cities on Costa del Sol, and great weekends or few-day quiet getaways. One day is enough to see all the main city landmarks without rushing. If you want to know Ronda even better, we recommend staying for at least 3 days.
Ronda is a small and compact city, easy to get around on foot. Most parts of the old town are fairly flat, but keep in mind that there are some stairs and uphills, like one leading to The Puente Nuevo, which might cause problems for some people.
Things to do in Ronda, Spain on a day trip
Ronda Bridge – The Puente Nuevo
The number one thing to do in Ronda on a day trip is to visit and admire Ronda’s most famous landmark – spectacular Puente Nuevo (eng. The New Bridge). It crosses El Tajo de Ronda Gorge and connects the old town with its modern part. Its span is 66 meters, and its height is an impressive 98 meters. Puente Nuevo for sure offers unforgettable views of the surroundings.
The first attempt at building the bridge in Ronda was in 1735 and it was completed very quickly. Unfortunately, the entire bridge collapsed in 1741, taking the lives of 50 people due to poor construction. After this failure, another construction began in 1759 and took 34 years to finish (1793) and it stands still today.
You can also admire Ronda Bridge from El Tajo de Ronda Gorge. In our opinion, it’s the best way to take a really good look at it and get a sense of the scale of this spectacular piece of engineering. The only thing you need to do is to walk down into the gorge. Apparently, there are several walking routes but we recommend starting in the Plaza de Maria Auxiliadora where there’s an unpaved path you can follow. Along it, you’ll find many viewpoints (like Mirador Puente Nuevo de Ronda, or Mirador del Viento) where you can admire Puerto Nuevo and the waterfall from different angles.
Plaza de Toros de Ronda
The city is well-known to be the birthplace of bullfighting, so the next must-have thing to do in Ronda is to visit Plaza de Toros (eng. Ronda Bullring). It’s the oldest bullfight ring in Spain, built in 1785 by Jose Martin Aldehuela, the same architect who designed Puente Nuevo. Inside you can see the arena and museum where you can learn about the history of bullfights. Outside of the bullring statues of Antonio Ordonez (an important Ronda bullfighter) and of a life-sized fighting bull are located.
Bullring no longer hosts bullfights, except once a year during the Feria de Pedro Romero festival in September. The festival’s highlight is a traditional bullfight, called the Goyesca Corrida, in which matadors wear costumes like those worn by 18th-century bullfighters.
Entrance to the museum and arena cost €9 (August 2023). For current prices and opening hours please visit rmcr.org website.
Interesting facts. Ronda was the home of the famous Romero dynasty of matadors. Francisco Romero gave bullfighting its modern-day rules. He also introduced a red cap (known as the muleta) and faced the bull on foot (before that matadors performed on horseback). His grandson, Pedro Romero, became one of Spain’s greatest bullfighters. Also, Hemingway immortalized Plaza de Toros in his novel Death in the Afternoon.
Alameda del Tajo Park
Alameda del Tajo is a beautiful and peaceful 19th-century public park, near the Plaza de Toros. It’s full of pine trees that offer a fantastic escape from the heat on hot days. From the park, you can also admire views over El Tajo de Ronda Gorge.
Viewpoint: Mirador de Ronda
Mirador de Ronda is located right next to the Plaza de Toros. It’s fairly small and can get really busy in the afternoons so we recommend visiting in the morning. Viewpoint offers great views over El Tajo de Ronda Gorge.
Paseo de Ernest Hemingway
Paseo de Ernest Hemingway begins right next to Mirador de Ronda and it goes on until Puente Nuevo bridge. On this pathway, you can admire the bridge up close, as well as the views of the gorge and the other part of the city.
Ernest Hemingway wrote two non-fiction books about Ronda: Death in the Afternoon and The Dangerous Summer. Ernest’s most popular quote about the city:
“Ronda is the place where to go, if you are planning to travel to Spain for a honeymoon or being with a girlfriend. The whole city and its surroundings are a romantic set. Nice promenades, good wine, excellent food, nothing to do… “- Ernest Hemingway
Viewpoint: Mirador de Aldehuela
Go to the other side of the bridge and you’ll find Mirador de Aldehuela, one of the most popular viewpoints in Ronda. Here some other views are waiting – of the other part of El Tajo de Ronda Gorge. The viewpoint has been named in honor of the architect José Martín de Aldehuela. Be sure to add this viewpoint to your list of best things to do Ronda on a one-day trip – you won’t regret this.
Mirador de los Viajeros Romanticos
Mirador de Los Viajeros Romanticos (eng. Viewpoint of the Romantic Travelers) isn’t really a viewpoint – it’s a wall full of azulejos (ceramic tilework). It’s a tribute to the romantic travelers who visited Ronda and left testimony of their visit.
Who are romantic travelers? Artists and writers like Alexander Dumas, Ernest Hemingway, or Orson Welles who searched for inspiration in Europe’s most unspoiled destinations.
…and Ronda with the old windows of the houses, the eyes which spy out hidden behind the latticework so that their lover might kiss the iron bars and the taverns with half-closed doors in the night and the castanets and the night… – James Joyce
Ronda Banos Arabes
Banos Arabes (eng. Arab Baths) in Ronda is considered the best-preserved Moorish Baths in Spain. The baths were built in the 13th century, along Arroyo de las Culebras (Snakes’ Stream), which was a source of spring water. The design is similar to Roman baths – the complex has cold, warm, and hot rooms, where people would gather and socialize.
Banos Arabes are no longer in use (as baths of course) but the site is open to the public for visits. The entrance costs €4.5 (August 2023). For current prices and opening hours please visit the juntadeandalucia.es website. Tickets can be also bought online.
Walls of Ronda and Puerta de Almocabar
Walls of Ronda and Puerta de Almocábar provide a unique glimpse into Ronda’s past. It’s a series of city walls and gates which were built by the Moors throughout the Islamic era in order to protect the town from the invaders. Puerta de Almocábar was the largest and most protected city gate.
The Murallas del Carmen is a particularly picturesque part of the walls and recently has been reformed. The best place to watch the walls is around Baños Árabes, on the outside of the walls. You can also walk on top of some sections of the walls and feel like a warrior, looking out for incoming enemies. If you like that idea, put this place among other places worth seeing in Ronda in one day.
Near Puerta de Almocábar there is also the first church built after Ronda was retaken in the 15th century – Iglesia del Espíritu Santo. Construction began in 1485 and was completed 20 years later.
Plaza Duquesa de Parcent
Plaza Duquesa de Parcent (eng. Duchess of Parcent Square) houses buildings like Ayuntamiento de Ronda (Ronda’s Town Hall), Iglesia de Santa María La Mayor (Church of Santa María la Mayor), or Convento de Clarisas de Santa Isabel de los Ángeles (Convent of Santa Isabel de Los Ángeles). There is also a small, green square in the middle of it, where you can rest for a moment.
Iglesia de Santa Maria La Mayor
Iglesia Santa María la Mayor (eng. Church of Santa María la Mayor) has long been a place of worship. It was a pre-Christian Roman altar, Visigoth church, Muslim mosque built in the 14th century, and then converted to a cathedral in the late 15th century. Most of what remains today was rebuilt after an earthquake in 1580.
The church is open for visits, entrance costs €4.5 (August 2023). For current prices and opening hours please visit colegiataronda.com website.
La Casa del Rey Moro
La Casa del Rey Moro (eng. House of the Moorish King) was, contrary to its name, built in the 18th century on the site of a former Moorish castle. It was only named after a tile on its facade which portrays a Moorish King, but no king lived there. It consists of 3 elements: water mine of the Muslim period, palace of Neo-Mudéjar style designed by the Duchess of Parcent at the beginning of the 20th century, and the gardens designed by Jean Nicolas Forestier in 1912 on behalf of the Duchess. It’s a great thing to do in Ronda!
Currently, the palace is undergoing renovations and is not open to the public. But you can visit the gardens and water mine. Opening times vary due to the summer and winter timetables. Entrance costs €8 (August 2023), and tickets can be bought online. For current prices and opening hours visit casadelreymoro.org website.
Jardines de Cuenca
Opposite La Casa del Rey Moro Jardines de Cuenca (eng. Cuenca Gardens) are located. The gardens were created in 1975 to celebrate the partnership of Ronda with the city of Cuenca. It’s a series of terraces at different heights that offer a fantastic and unique look at the town, the old bridge (Puente Viejo), and the gorge.
Streets of Ronda Old and New Town
While visiting all of the above places, you’ll stroll through the charming, narrow cobbled streets. Take time to admire beautiful houses, small shops, and hidden alleys.
Also, have a look at Plaza del Socorro with the Statue of Hercules and Parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Socorro, and Plaza España (right next to the Puente Nuevo and Mirador de Aldehuela) which now is home to Centro de Interpretación del Puente Nuevo (New Bridge Interpretation Center) and… old-school McDonald.
More things to do in Ronda, Spain on a day trip
If you still don’t have enough, and you have strengths for more, here are two more places in Ronda that might interest you.
Museo Lara is located inside Casa Palacio de los Condes de las Conquistas. Museum is named after its founder, Juan Antonio Lara Jurado. It’s a private collection of historic weapons, clocks, scientific instruments & witchcraft-related items. Entrance price: €4 (August 2023).
Museo Arqueológico Municipal
The Museo Arqueológico Municipal (Municipal Museum of Archaeology) is located in the Palacio de Mondaragón. The museum contains exhibits from prehistory to Roman times, focusing on the discoveries made in the region.
How to get to Ronda, Spain?
Where to park in Ronda?
Ronda offers several paid underground car parks in the town center. If you want to save a buck we recommend leaving your car in this free parking lot, about 1km (15min walk) from the Plaza de Toros.
Airports near Ronda
The closest airports to Ronda are located in Gibraltar (55km away), Malaga (80km away), and Seville (140km away). From each of them, you can reach the city by bus. You can check the connections you are interested in on the rome2rio.com website.
To Ronda by bus
From many places, you can easily get to Ronda by bus. There are many direct and usually cheap connections from many places like Malaga, Gibraltar, Sevilla, or Mijas. Please check the connections you are interested in on the rome2rio.com website.
To Ronda by train
Ronda has a train station so you can get there easily by train from cities like Malaga, Seville, Antequera, or Algeciras. You can check out a map of available connections on acprail.com.
Things To Do In Ronda Spain On A Day Trip – Summing up
As you can see now, there are many things to do in Ronda, for all kinds of travelers. So no matter what you are looking for, chances are high that you’ll find that in the city. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy the visit as much as we did. Enjoy your time in this beautiful Andalusian city and let us know if it stole your heart. Maybe you’ll stay a bit longer and the magic of the place will inspire your next artistic creation? Next Hemingway… where are you?
Our opinion about Ronda
We really enjoyed our day in Ronda and to this day we think it’s one of the most interesting and beautiful white towns in Andalusia. We especially loved strolling among its old town streets, admiring the impressive Puente Nuevo bridge and the views over Ronda’s surroundings. Did the city inspire us artistically as it did for many others? Not necessarily, but that doesn’t make it less worth visiting and we’ve been there only for a bit!
For us, a visit to Ronda was a one-day trip from Mijas Las Lagunas, where we were living for a few weeks. We visited the city in December, around Christmas time, and during that time it was fairly quiet, without huge crowds. Without rushing we managed to explore all the places we had on our list, and it took us about 8 hours.
Restaurants, accommodations, and map
Check out various recommended places below.
Where to eat in Ronda?
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Where to sleep in Ronda?
Hotel Arunda II
Hotel Arunda II is a modern and comfortable hotel located in the heart of Ronda. It offers spacious and well-equipped rooms, decorated in a contemporary style, with air conditioning, flat-screen TV, and private bathroom. The hotel also features a restaurant serving local cuisine, a bar, and a 24-hour front desk.
Hotel El Tajo & SPA
Hotel El Tajo & SPA is a luxurious hotel located in Ronda offering stunning views of the Tajo River and the surrounding mountains. The hotel features an elegant spa with an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, as well as a rooftop terrace where guests can enjoy the picturesque views. The rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated, offering modern amenities such as air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs.
Apartamentos Avanel is a charming accommodation situated in the heart of Ronda. The apartments are fully equipped with all the necessary amenities, including a kitchenette and free Wi-Fi. The property also features a beautiful terrace with stunning views of the city and the surrounding countryside.
Hotel Acinipo is located in the center of Ronda, just a short walk from the famous Puente Nuevo Bridge. The hotel features comfortable rooms with modern amenities and a rooftop terrace with stunning views of the city and the surrounding mountains. Guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet and a range of local and international dishes at the on-site restaurant.
Espinel Apartments in Ronda offers comfortable and modern accommodation for travelers who want to stay in the heart of the city. The apartments are located in a historic building and feature a contemporary design with all the necessary amenities for a comfortable stay. Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, living room, and private bathroom.
Apartamentos Rondacentro is a charming apartment complex located in the heart of Ronda. The apartments are equipped with modern amenities, including free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and flat-screen TVs. They offer a variety of room types, from studios to family apartments, making it an ideal choice for travelers of all types.
Accommodations photos source: booking.com
Ronda, Spain - Map of places
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