Ronda

< Ronda Puente Nuevo >

Ronda is a town of natural beauty and wonder. It’s famous for its dramatic views and has managed to maintain much of its historic charm even as more and more tourists flood each year.

< Puente Nuevo >

Puente Nuevo

< Puente Nuevo >

Ronda was built over the Guadalevín River, which has since mostly dried up. The Puente Nuevo (New Bridge, built in 1793) spans the riverbed and connects the two halves of the town. You can hike down to the bottom of the valley for more amazing pictures and videos. Houses and hotels are built right along the cliff’s edge so when you look down, all you see is empty space until the bottom of the river. There are also outside restaurants built onto the edge of the cliffs.

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Across the bridge is a house built onto the edge of the cliff. Below us is a restaurant hovering on the edge of the 390-foot chasm
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Looking back towards the village, you realize why this made the perfect medieval town: it’s built entirely on cliffs, so guards only had to watch one side. The rest was unclimb-able without being noticed!
< Panoramic of the Puente Nuevo >
Panoramic of the Puente Nuevo

Plaza de Toros

Ronda is also known for being the birthplace of modern bullfighting. The Plaza de Toros is one of the oldest bullrings in Spain (if not THE oldest bullring in Spain, which is up for debate against Seville’s bullring). It also has the largest rueda (large round circle of sand) of any bullring in Spain, although it only holds 5000 people. It is now a museum, although once a year during Ronda’s feria (in September) it is opened back up to the public for a show. Celebrities and royals have been known to attend, sometimes helicoptered in.

Shopping

Ronda has a great downtown area with a main street, perfect for walking, shopping, and eating. There are street vendors and outdoor cafes, and even a McDonald’s and Burger King. You can get souvenirs or nice clothes/shoes/etc. For me, this is perfect; it saves a lot of time and gas than driving to a big city, and I get to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Ronda!

< Ronda Downtown >

Getting there

Ronda is a small town in Andalucía, about an hour drive northwest of Málaga. There is a scenic train from Málaga to Ronda, and public buses also go directly there. From my town of Olvera, it’s an easy road around the mountains, about 40 minutes.

What else?

If visiting Ronda, consider staying for a weekend and taking day trips north about 20 minutes to the beautiful and unique Setenil de las Bodegas, and about 15 minutes south to the interesting blue smurf town of Júzcar. There are plenty of natural and man-made wonders all within just a few miles of this amazing town!

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< Catching water from the bridge >

< Ronda from below >

20 thoughts on “Ronda

  1. I loved Ronda when I was there a few years back. We stayed in a little villa right outside of town. So very peaceful and pretty in that area. I much preferred it to the coastal towns.

    1. Agreed! I love the coastal towns but they’re close enough for a day trip and don’t offer the incredible unique scenery Spain really has to offer. I would recommend to anyone looking to move to Spain to go deeper into Andalucia!

    1. Right?! Some of those bars/restaurants were literally right on the edge! I’d be afraid that the architectural stability wasn’t updated…I stayed safely away!

    1. Thank you! It’s actually something I picked up after a few months so I went back and tried to restructure my earlier posts, like this one. I hope it reads well and makes sense!

    1. Thank you!! Yes, the cliffs are AMAZINGGG…on one of my trips to Ronda I saw people climbing the cliffs! It looked great and I wish I had the gear to give it a try too!

    1. That’s incredible that you’ve been there…I feel like it’s such an underrated area in Spain that most people don’t get to. So glad you got to see it!

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