Ronda Tourist Guide

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••• Cornisa del Tajo, Ronda. Image: Ronda Tourist Board

Overview:

Famous pueblo blanco, built atop a deep ravine. Said to be where bullfighting was invented.

There are a number of excellent organized tours which take you to this out-of-the-way town.

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Best Time to Visit:

In September, there is the Feria de Pedro Romero as well as a big bullfighting festival, the Corridas Goyescas.

How Long to Spend in Ronda:

Ronda is typically done as a day trip, but many fall in love with the place and want to stay longer. If you plan on visiting the Cueva de Pileta (see below), you'll need more than a day.

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Five Things to Do:

  • Cross the deep ravine, El Tajo, on one of the three bridges - the Puente Nuevo (new bridge) is the grandest one.
  • Explore the Islamic old town. Due to it's location, Ronda was one of the last towns to fall to the Christians during the Reconquista.
  • Visit the bullring, where the Romero family (three generations of it) established modern bullfighting.
  • A half-hour's drive from Ronda is the Cueva de Pileta a cave with 25,000 year old paintings.
  • The beautiful 14th century baths.

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How to Get to Ronda:

Ronda isn't easy to get to and is at least an hour from most cities in the region, requiring a frankly scary drive along some very windy mountain roads.

At least it was scary if you'd been in the car I was in!

For travel details from where you're staying, see: How to Get to Ronda.

Alternatively, you may want to try one of these guided tours:

  • Day Trip to Ronda from Seville
  • Day Trip to Ronda from Malaga
  • Day Trip to Ronda from Costa del Sol
  • Three-Day Guided Tour from Madrid to Cordoba, Seville and Ronda
  • Five-Day Tour from Madrid to Cordoba, Seville, Ronda, Granada and Toledo

Where to Next?:

East to Granada (via Malaga, south to the Costa del Sol, or south west to Tarifa or Cadiz.

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First Impressions:

The train station and bus station are in the northern part of the city, (as well as much of the town's amenities), the old Islamic quarter is to the south - between the two is a deep ravine. Thankfully, there is a series of impressive bridges joining the two.

If you're in Ronda for more than a few hours, you will probably spend more of your time in the northern half than in the south (and you'll almost certainly sleep there).

Plaza España and the nearby Plaza de Toros will be your point orientation spot. From here you can cross the bridge at the Puente Nuevo, the most important of the three bridges. On the other side is 'La Ciudad' (The City), which is the old Arabic quarter. Upon crossing the bridge, turn left - there you will see the Casa del Rey Moro. Its gardens are open to the public, as is the Islamic stairway cut into the side of the gorge. The other two bridges can be located here to take you back across to the northern part of the city.

But before you do that, explore the rest of La Ciudad. On the other side is Plaza María Auxiliadora, offering excellent views of the Andalusian landscape.