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El Tajo Gorge

Peer down the sheer cliffs of this dramatic gorge and stroll along the banks of Río Guadalevín. Appreciate the views from a historic bridge or scenic train ride.

Cutting through the heart of Ronda is the scenic canyon El Tajo Gorge. It splits the town into La Ciudad, which is the Moorish-era old town, and El Mercadillo, the modern quarter. Gaze in amazement at the gorge’s picturesque beauty and hike down into the heart of its valley.

El Tajo Gorge is up to 394 feet (120 meters) deep and 223 feet (68 meters) wide. It formed following the persistent erosion of the Río Guadalevín, a river fed by the mountains of the Sierra de las Nieves. The gorge’s formidable size acted as a mighty defensive system during times of enemy invasions.

Stand on the impressive Puente Nuevo, which connects Ronda’s two districts, for uninterrupted views of this natural landmark. Look down the steep escarpments to the river below. Huge Romanesque arches of the 18th-century bridge are embedded into the cliffs. Admire additional impressive vistas from Cuenca Gardens, from vantage points such as the Mirador Ronda lookout and the town’s other historic bridges, Puente Arabe and Puente Viejo.

Look out over the patchwork fields, which stretch into the distance. On a clear day, it’s possible to spot the peaks of the Sierra de Grazalema mountains.

Go for a walk along the banks of the Río Guadalevín. Get close to the gorge by following the trails that lead down from the western edge of La Ciudad. Experience a shrinking sensation as you walk deeper into the valley and the cliffs rise up above you. Before a landslide in 1917, flour mills used the river water to power their machinery. See a rock-carved water mine and beautiful gardens at the Casa del Rey Moro.

Another interesting way to see El Tajo Gorge is on a train ride from Algeciras. Enjoy the journey winding through mountainous landscapes and passing Andalusian villages before arriving in Ronda. Trains run year-round and take about 90 minutes. A similar train route operates from Malagá.


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Catalonia Reina Victoria £71
Catalonia Reina Victoria

Catalonia Reina Victoria

Jerez, 25, Ronda, Malaga
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Ronda, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of Our Lady of Mercy Round and Puente Nuevo. Ronda Bullring Museum and Circulo de Artistas are also within 10 minutes. Ronda Station is 9 minutes by foot.

    Hotel Polo £37
    Hotel Polo

    Hotel Polo

    Calle Padre Mariano Soubiron, 8, Ronda, Malaga
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Ronda, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Church of Our Lady of Mercy Round and Puente Nuevo. Circulo de Artistas and Ronda Bullring Museum are also within 5 minutes. Ronda Station is 9 minutes by foot.

      Soho Boutique Palacio San Gabriel £45
      Soho Boutique Palacio San Gabriel

      Soho Boutique Palacio San Gabriel

      Calle Marques de Moctezuma 19, Ronda
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Old Town, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Unicaja Joaquin Peinado Museum and Puente Nuevo. Museo Lara and Ronda Museum are also within 5 minutes. Ronda Station is 17 minutes by foot.

        Parador de Ronda £85
        Parador de Ronda

        Parador de Ronda

        Plaza de España, s/n, Ronda, Malaga
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the historical district, this historic hotel is steps away from Plaza de Espana and Puente Nuevo. Plaza de Toros and Ronda Bullring Museum are also within 5 minutes. Ronda Station is 13 minutes by foot.

          Ronda Home
          Ronda Home

          Ronda Home

          Calle la Toma, 36, Ronda, Málaga
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Ronda, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Circulo de Artistas and Puente Nuevo. Fuente de los Ocho Caños and Church of Padre Jesus are also within 1 mile (2 km). Ronda Station is 14 minutes by foot.

            Hotel Don Miguel
            Hotel Don Miguel

            Hotel Don Miguel

            Plaza de Espana 4-5, Ronda, Malaga
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Ronda, this hotel is steps away from Plaza de Espana and Puente Nuevo. Plaza de Toros and Ronda Bullring Museum are also within 5 minutes. Ronda Station is 13 minutes by foot.

              Ronda Center Apartments with Pool £84
              Ronda Center Apartments with Pool

              Ronda Center Apartments with Pool

              Calle Virgen de los Remedios 69, Ronda, Málaga
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Ronda, this spa aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Jardines de Cuenca and Puente Nuevo. Church of Padre Jesus and Fuente de los Ocho Caños are also within 5 minutes. Ronda Station is 12 minutes by foot.

                Lewis and Peter apartments Los Remedios £43
                Lewis and Peter apartments Los Remedios

                Lewis and Peter apartments Los Remedios

                10 Calle Virgen de los Remedios, Ronda, Malaga
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Ronda, this apartment building is steps away from Circulo de Artistas and Puente Nuevo. Plaza de Toros and Ronda Bullring Museum are also within 5 minutes. Ronda Station is 11 minutes by foot.