15+ Things To Do In Ronda, Spain On A Day Trip

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

Where is Ronda located?

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.

Is Ronda, Spain worth visiting?

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. 

What is Ronda, Spain best known for?

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.

How many days in Ronda is enough?

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.

Is Ronda a walkable city?

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.

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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.

The Puente Nuevo Ronda View from Paseo de Hemingway
The Puente Nuevo Views From the Top

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.

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The Puente Nuevo Ronda view from the Gorge

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.

Plaza de Toros de Ronda real-size Bull
Plaza de Toros de Ronda Matadors

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.

Mirador de Ronda
Mirador de Ronda Countryside View

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

Paseo de Ernest Hemingway Ronda
Paseo de Ernest Hemingway View

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 Aldehuela View over El Tajo Gorge
Mirador de Aldehuela View over Puente Nuevo

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

Mirador de los Viajeros Románticos Ronda Postcard
Mirador de los Viajeros Románticos Ronda

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.

Baños Árabes Inside View
Baños Árabes Ronda Outside
Baños Árabes Ronda
Baños Árabes Ronda Town Walls View
Places to see in Ronda - Baños Árabes

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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.