Ronda Travelers Guide

Ronda Travelers Guide

Ronda is not only known for her impressive landscape. Artists, writers and thinkers from around the world have lived there and have loved her. We will give some hints about what you should not miss in the city on the Tagus River (Ro Tajo). If you want to visit a unique city, that is not crowded with tourists, then Ronda is the right city for you.

Ronda is dominated by the three bridges across the Tagus River. If you suffer from vertigo, better not to look down when crossing the bridges, since the height is breadthtaking.

Ronda combines the old with the new and the Roman with the Arab. The city is surrounded by three magnificent natural parks: the Sierra de las Nieves (a natural reserve), La Sierra de Grazalema and the Parque de los Alcornocales.

The bullfighting arena (Plaza de Toros) is the oldest in the country, dating from 1785 – and one of the most beautiful and active arenas in Spain. Although bullfighting can only be seen during the summer months, the arena can be visited the whole year round.

For more about the history of Ronda, visit the gardens of the Casa del Rey Moro designed by Frenchman Jean Claude Nicolas Forestier for the labyrinthine palace of the XVIII century, it is a good start. But the biggest magnet of Ronda is the mine, composed of 365 steps and of Arab origin. It was excavated in the rock to reach the margins of the Tagus River. These steps were used by Arab troops to resist the Christians who attacked frequently the city. The Arab Baths in Barrio San Miguel offer a dip in the Islamic period. Built in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries they are the best preserved baths in the region.

Once we leave the intensity of the views beyond us, often comes the feeling – now what? Before leaving, a visit to the legendary Serrania de Ronda is a great choice for a walk. A pleasant walk is to go to the village of Montejaque down the mountain through the Roman road from the station or across the Benaojn Guadiaro River (take the train back in Montejaque). The roads are meandering in the nearby Sierra de las Nieves.

Known for its prehistoric paintings and decorations on its walls, the Cave of the Pool (Cueva de la Pileta), 13 km from Ronda, is one of the best preserved caves of Andalusia, while the Roman remains of Acinipo near Ronda are worth a leisurely visit.