Day trip to Ronda: The most beautiful sights and our tips

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Ronda. Or: if a village could hardly be in a more spectacular location. Ronda sits enthroned on a rugged rock plateau high above a gorge. The photogenic stone bridge named Puente Nuevo spans this. No question: Ronda is one of the most popular destinations in Andalusia for good reason.

In this blog article you will find out what you can experience on a day trip to Ronda. We will show you the most beautiful sights of Ronda and share our personal tips. So that you don’t miss any of the highlights, we have put together a city tour that will take you to the most important must-sees of Ronda.

1. Ronda at a glance: Things worth knowing & what to expect Ronda is rightly one of the most popular travel destinations in Andalusia. The small town sits enthroned on a rocky plateau and is indescribably photogenic. Ronda is known for the monumental stone bridge called Puente Nuevo. It spans the approximately one hundred meter deep El Tajo gorge. The bridge separates the historic old town from Ronda (La Ciudad) from the younger district of El Mercadillo.

Ronda is one of the famous white villages in Andalusia. Typical for Ronda are the white houses, some of which are built directly on the precipice. By the way, Ronda has 35.10 residents, but the winding streets the old town are more reminiscent of a small mountain village.

How much time should I plan for Ronda? We ourselves (as you can see from the title of the article) made a day trip to Ronda. Ronda is very manageable, so that a few hours is easily enough to see the main sights.

Next time, however, we would decide to one night in Ronda (or nearby). So you can spend your time in Ronda even more comfortably. Especially in the high season there is a lot going on in Ronda, so that you can use the quieter evening and morning hours for a visit.

Is Ronda overcrowded? Ronda is the most famous of the white villages in Andalucia. You can probably already guess what’s to come: yes, Ronda is very touristy. In fact, it’s one of the most touristic destinations in all of Andalusia. We read a wide variety of opinions beforehand – from “crowds of people” to “not so bad”, everything was there.

Our conclusion: We have not experienced Ronda badly overcrowded. However, we have to say that we were in Ronda in November and therefore in the low season. We can well imagine that things are very different in the high season. However, the city is so enchantingly beautiful that you can really overlook it.

2. Tour of the most beautiful sights in Ronda In this chapter we show you the most important sights in Ronda. We have arranged them in such a way that they form a tour that you can imitate perfectly. It takes you to the highlights of the city in just a few hours. We have marked all the sights on the map at the end of the blog article so that you can find your way around better.

Carrera Espinel & Plaza del Socorro Let’s start at the parking garage at the end of Carrera Espinel. (Here you can rent your car for 1,35 Euro The Carrera Espinel is Ronda’s main shopping street. Follow the road towards the center to the bullring. You can make a short stop at Plaza del Socorro.

Ronda Bullring (Plaza de Toros) If you want to visit a bullring in Spain, now is a good time. The bullring of Ronda is in fact one of the most beautiful and oldest in Spain. Putting aside the questionable tradition, the structure is simply fantastic to look at.

From the outside, the arena is inconspicuous and plain – it only gets really impressive inside. You can walk along the spectator stands and also enter the fighting area. The arena also has a small museum (Museo Taurino), which you can also visit. You can also visit the stables.

By the way, bullfights are still held in the arena – but fortunately only very rarely and during of the Festival de Pedro Romero in September.

Another tip: If you just want to take a bird’s-eye view of the arena, then head to the rooftop terrace of the Hotel Catalonia Ronda. With an espresso you can enjoy the view of the bullring in peace and quiet. The hotel is also our recommendation for Ronda. We will tell you more at the end of the blog article.

Information on visiting the bullring Price: 8 euros per person (9,35 Euro with audio guide)

Opening hours: November to February from 10 until 18 pm, March and October from 10 until 19 pm, April to September from 10 until 20 Watch

Mirador de Ronda Before you walk to the famous Mirador de Ronda, go from the bullring a little bit north to Parque Alameda del Tajo. From there you already have one n very great long-distance views of the beautiful countryside around Ronda.

We continue south along the Paseo de Orson Welles. You will now pass some vantage points. One of the best known is the Mirador de Ronda by the pavilion. From here you can’t see the bridge yet. Just keep walking down the path, past the terrace of the Parador Hotel (Cafetería del Parador). From here you have a wonderful view of the Puente Nuevo bridge and the El Tajo gorge.

Another small hint: At the beginning of the bridge is the Centro de Interpretación del Puente Nuevo. You can go down a few stairs here and visit a room below the bridge. It only costs 2,20 Euro entrance fee, it’s worth it but in our opinion not.

Jardines de Cuenca (with Mirador de Cuenca) Don’t walk over the Puente Nuevo bridge just yet (we’ll save that for later), but follow the road. Our next destination is the Jardines de Cuenca. These terraced gardens are particularly worth seeing when they are in bloom.

But the view back towards the Puente is particularly spectacular Nuevo – this time from the other side. There are significantly fewer people in the Jardines de Cuenca than in the area around the bridge. Especially in midsummer we imagine the gardens to be idyllic. Entry is free.

Now leave the Jardines de Cuenca at the lower entrance and walk over the bridge Puente Viejo. It is the oldest of the three bridges in Ronda. From the bridge you can already see the next destination on the left: the Baños Árabes, the historic Arab baths.

Baños Árabes de Ronda The historic Arab baths of Ronda are among the best preserved in Spain. They come from the 13 . Century. Especially inside, with a bit of imagination, you can imagine how things must have turned out here. A short video is also shown inside, explaining how the baths work. All in all, the Baños Árabes can be explored relatively quickly.

To reach the Baños Árabes from the Puente Viejo, you have to go downhill a little bit. If you’re short on time, you might consider skipping this stop altogether. Because we don’t think they are (compared to the rest of Ronda) any of the big highlights. (Although they are very interesting to look at, no question about it.)

Info on visiting the Baños Árabes Entry: 3,50 Euro (free on Tuesday from 15 Watch)

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10 until 18 Watch (19 hours in summer); Saturday, Sunday and public holiday from 000 until 15 Watch

Mirador Puente Nuevo de Ronda: The perfect photo spot The Mirador Puente Nuevo de Ronda is without a doubt one of the best vantage points in the city. If you’re reasonably good on foot, you shouldn’t miss this one. From the Baños Árabes (or the Puente Viejo, if you skipped the Baños Árabes), walk uphill towards the old town (La Ciudad), which we will explore later.

The path to the viewpoint starts at Plaza de María Auxiliadora. It takes you in about 10 minutes down to the viewpoint. Neither the path nor the vantage point are really well signposted, but it’s still hard to get lost. Attention, if you are traveling with children: there are no railings! You have to be careful where you step.

From the vantage point you have a great view of the bridge and the gorge. A real postcard motif from Ronda.

La Ciudad (Ronda’s old town) with the Plaza Duquesa de Parcent Back at the top, it’s time to go to Ronda’s old town, also La Ciudad. explore. With its narrow, winding streets, white houses and magnificent buildings, it is really attractive. The old town dates back to the time of Moorish rule.

One of the most important sights in the old town is the Santa María la Mayor church. Unfortunately, it was closed when we visited, but climbing the tower is said to be very worthwhile. The church is located on the Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, a beautiful square where the town hall of Ronda is located. Walk across the Puente Nuevo Last but not least: Es It’s time to cross Ronda’s most famous bridge, the Puente Nuevo. Up to this point you have “only” admired them from different angles of the city. But as the last highlight of your day trip, a walk across the bridge awaits you.

You also have from the bridge itself Spectacular views: On both sides you look about a hundred meters down into the El Tajo Gorge. Once you cross the bridge, you will return from the old town (La Ciudad) to the younger district of El Mercadillo. Now it’s back towards Carrera Espinel and thus back to the starting point of your tour.

3. Restaurants and cafés in Ronda: our tips Because Ronda is so touristy, the choice of restaurants is quite large. So we leave you with our recommendations.

BioPicnic: Small, inconspicuous café in a side street in the middle of the historic old town. Perfect place for a little refreshment in between. There are wonderful freshly squeezed juices, coffee, cakes and small snacks – all organic!

Restaurante Las Maravillas: Right on the shopping street nearby Restaurant located near the bullring. There are very good tapas in a modern, cozy atmosphere. The vegetarian choice is limited, but we enjoyed it very much.

Restaurant with a view of the bridge: In Ronda it is very popular to enjoy a dignified lunch or dinner with a view of the bridge and gorge. We personally have not visited any of these restaurants, but the restaurant of the Hotel Parador or the Restaurante Albacara are well known and well rated.

4. Overnight stays in Ronda: Our hotel tip Unfortunately we decided against spending one night in Ronda and only made a day trip from Malaga. Next time we would do it differently. If we had booked a hotel, our choice would clearly have been the Catalonia Ronda.

The hotel is located next to the bullring and is therefore very centrally located. The rooms are modern and spacious. One of the highlights is the great pool on the roof – including a wonderful view of the arena and the landscape. The breakfast is also said to be very good.

You can book the hotel here: Catalonia Ronda

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Have you ever been to Ronda? Then please let us know your experiences and tips. Or are you planning a trip to Ronda and still have questions? We look forward to your comment!