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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
Have you been to Ronda? Have you even heard of it? Would a place like this sway your travel plans? Let me know in the comments below!
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