In case you haven’t heard of Ronda, it is a small city in the region of Malaga, in the South of Spain. It is an incredibly beautiful place like 99% of places in Spain, but Ronda has something special, keep reading to find out what it is.
The best time to visit Ronda is April, May, September, and October. Simply because in the summer months the heat can be unbearable.
How to get to Ronda
You’ll probably reach Ronda via a 100 km (62 miles) road trip from Malaga, which is the city that offers the nearest international airport. Many hotels provide a free bus transfer from and to the airport. Due to Ronda’s size, it will not be the only city on your Spanish itinerary. A great trip, which includes Ronda could also include Gibraltar, Cadiz and Seville as well.
When you are in Ronda, you can visit most tourist attractions on foot. However, some points of interest are on the outskirts of the city, so you may want to hire a car.
Where to stay in Ronda
A deluxe double room at Hotel Ronda Moments starts from $70/night and each room comes with a spectacular view of the Spanish countryside. The hotel is 6 km from the Bullring, but it has a free airport shuttle from the Malaga hotel.
Top Attractions to Visit
Ronda is about culture, nature and romance and as a result, its attractions are epic. The city boasts an €8 tourist pass which allows entry to the top sites:
- The 18th century, Center of interpretation of the New Bridge
- The Museum of Ronda aka Mondragon Palace
- The 13th and 14th century Arab Baths (Monday – Saturday)
- Art Museum dedicated to the painter Joaquin Peinado (From Monday to Saturday).
Also, while you are in Ronda, be sure to visit the Bullring, Arab walls and city gates, and Giants House. With so much to see, you may want to book onto a tour.
A great day trip from Ronda is exploring the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, which is only 30 minutes drives from the city center. There you can hike, rock climb and canoe.
Places to Eat in Ronda
Casa Maria in the old Moorish quarter is an absolute must visit. Therefore, we advise booking in advance. This is an exciting restaurant because there is no menu, the kitchen provides a selection of food based on the ingredients bought that day.
To taste the traditional tapas classics of Andalucía, visit Bodega San Francisco. Try the bull tail, while sitting on the beautiful terrace and enjoy a glass of local red wine. Ronda is a Spanish paradise with a unique landscape, and this is an excellent way to experience it.
Do take an evening walk along the Rio Guadaleví and admire the fantastic architecture of the 18th century Puente Nuevo (new bridge).
Do,schedule your trip to the 18th-century bullring to coincide with lunch so that you can eat at the restaurant Pedro Romero. The restaurant is named after a legendary local bullfighter who lived 1754-1839.
Don’t arrive unprepared for your adventure in Ronda. The weather will provide daily challenges as the heat and sunshine of Andalucía can be unbearable. You will need sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Plus, you’ll want to stay hydrated and book a room with air conditioning, unless you are visiting during the winter months.
Don’t merely arrive at a restaurant, whenever you are hungry. Ronda is small, and tourists come in their hoards before lunchtime. So, be sure to reserve your table ahead of time.