The Best Things to Do in Ronda, Spain
Ronda is located in the heart of the Serranía de Ronda, about 100 km from Málaga and with a population of approximately 35,000 inhabitants.
Surrounded by lush river valleys and perched on a deep ravine, Ronda is a paradise worth visiting.
Anyone lucky enough to visit Ronda will understand its appeal. It is one of the most beautiful and visited cities in Spain (the third most visited city in Andalusia).
It was Julius Caesar who declared Ronda (Acinipo) a city for the first time, in the 1st century BC.
When Tarik-ibn-Zeyad invaded the region in 8C, one of the first routes followed was the ancient Roman route, which linked Gibraltar with the Roman settlement of Acinipo.
They changed the name of the city to Izna-Rand-Onda – Ronda. The Acinipo ruins are located 20 kilometers from the modern Ronda.
In this article, you will find several essential places for your trip to Ronda
With unforgettable views over the Tajo de Ronda, Puente Nuevo was completed in 1793 and took forty-two years to be built, linking the old area of Ronda with the new one. it is the largest and most famous monument in Ronda.
The Parador is located next to the bridge and you can enjoy incredible views of the Tagus from there.
Plaza de Toros
Ronda is also known as the cradle of bullfighting. The Real Maestranza bullring is one of the oldest and most picturesque in Spain. It was built in 1785 by the architect José Martín de Aldehuela, the same architect who built Puente Nuevo. It has a capacity of 5000 spectators.
Francisco Romero, born in Ronda in 1695, is renowned for his contributions to modern warfare. His grandson, Pedro Romero (1754-1839) became one of the greatest bullfighters in Spain. He founded the School of Bullfighting in Ronda, the bullring has a museum and guided tours.
The Arab baths
The Arab baths of Ronda are the best preserved in Spain. They were built at the end of the 13th century during the reign of King Abomelik. The boiler used to heat the water is still visible and is kept in good condition.
The Mondragón Palace
The Mondragón Palace houses the municipal museum and some truly exceptional gardens. Built in 1314 by King Abomelik, it was later used as the main residence of the kings Isabel and Fernando.
The gardens are a haven of tranquillity.
The Arab Walls
Throughout history, Ronda has been one of the most impregnable cities in Andalusia. Mainly due to its geographical position, but also due to a series of walled complexes and accesses built by the Arabs throughout the Islamic era. As the city grew, more walls and gates were built. Today, they offer a unique insight into Ronda’s past.
The Cuenca Gardens are located on the cornice of the Tagus and are distributed through a series of terraces. The views are fantastic and they offer a unique and different perspective of the city.
The terraces have been dedicated to the city of Cuenca.
Viewpoint of Aldehuela
One of the most popular viewpoints in the city. Puente Nuevo and the surrounding countryside are spectacular. From the viewpoint of Aldehuela you will enjoy views as magnificent.
Cueva del Gato, Benaoján
The most recent addition to the list of Natural Monuments of Andalusia, are the pools that provide an unbeatable place to take a swim in nature. Cueva de Gato is about 20 minutes driving from Ronda city center.
Wine route in Ronda
Ronda is not only history and culture, but it is also home to some fantastic wineries.
Ronda is one of the most recent additions to the official wine routes that can be found in Spain, and its future looks promising. An ecotourism route is recommended around Ronda, the Bodega Descalzos Viejos is a great way to complement a visit to Ronda.
What could concierge services do for you while visiting Ronda?
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