Ronda is not the easiest place to get to in Spain because the area is poorly connected by train and the road routes are quite difficult to navigate, but there are a few ways to access this remote Spanish city.
This mountaintop city in the southern region of Malaga is located atop the El Tajo gorge and offers visitors a wide range of sightseeing opportunities, outdoor activities, and year-round events. Established under a Moorish rule in the first century and rebuilt in the 15th century, Ronda is a great destination for breathtaking views, historic architecture, and rich cultural heritage.
The easiest way to experience Ronda is to take a guided tour, which will whisk you there and back and give you an expert's insight into the region. Although very few tour companies offer guided trips exclusively between Seville and Ronda, there are some that do multi-day tours of southern Spain that include both Seville and Ronda.
Day Trips, Overnight Stays, and Guided Tour Stops
Ronda is most often visited as a day trip, which involves five hours of bus travel (or four hours of driving) back and forth, leaving guests with a limited time to explore all that the city has to offer. However, you can still make a decent day trip out of the adventure if you hop on a one-day wine-tasting, bullfighting, or Pueblos Blancos tour, all of which include stops in Ronda.
On the other hand, Ronda also makes a convenient stop on the way from Seville to both Malaga and Granada if you just want to see the city for a few hours. Buses running between these three cities often pause for extended layovers in Ronda, but working out what to do with your bags, as well as fitting in all the destinations you want to see in a few hours, is a lot to attempt if you've never been to the region.
Because most tourists simply pass through the city on their way to Seville or Malaga during the daytime, Ronda becomes a completely different place at night. This doesn't mean Ronda becomes a ghost town when the sun goes down, though; the city has a very vibrant tapas culture with some great places to eat with the locals.
As a result, staying overnight in Ronda is a good way to get the most out of your time in the city. You can start your day sightseeing before other tourists arrive, giving you access to some of the most popular destinations without having to wait in lines or avoid people to get good photos of your trip.
Public Transportation and Driving to Ronda
If you don't want to take a guided tour, there are two ways you can get to Ronda on your own: renting a car or taking a public bus. If you want to have the most flexibility with your schedule and itinerary and don't mind a little extra expense on your trip, renting a car is the best way to access the remote regions of the country. On the other hand, if you just care about getting to Ronda and don't want to spend a bunch of money, you can also take the Los Amarillos bus from Seville.
- Seville to Ronda by Bus: The bus service from Seville to Ronda is run by Los Amarillos. The journey takes two to two-and-a-half hours, and buses depart from Prado de San Sebastian Bus Station.
- Seville to Ronda by Car: Take the A376, followed by a short section of the A382, before returning to the A376. You will eventually see Ronda signposted, and the journey takes just under two hours.
Remember when renting a car in Spain, you will need to obtain an International Driver's Permit before you depart for your journey. Although several car rental companies may accept your domestic state driver's license, police officers in Spain may issue tickets, confiscate your rental, or even put you in jail for driving without proper documentation.