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Travel Guide

Visit the feast of architectural treasures that stand on either side of a spectacular gorge in this hilltop town in Andalusia.

Famous for bullfighting, historic architecture and breathtaking views, Ronda is a popular destination for a visit when touring Andalusia. First settled in the Neolithic Age, the town has passed through the hands of the Celts, Romans and Moors, with each culture leaving an influence on the striking townscape. Appreciate Ronda’s setting in the Serranía de Ronda region, surrounded by dramatic escarpments, river valleys and rolling hills.

Start your discovery of Ronda at Puente Nuevo, an 18th-century bridge connecting the Moorish old town, La Ciudad, with the new town, El Mercadillo. Gaze over the town’s rooftops and down the craggy ravines of the 394-foot-deep (120-meter) El Tajo Gorge. Paths lead down from the bridge into the heart of the gorge and to riverside trails.

Walk south from Puente Nuevo and explore La Ciudad’s atmospheric streets. Find picturesque squares, including Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, decorated by monuments such as the Church of Santa Maria la Mayor. See displays about Ronda’s history at Mondragón Palace and an Aladdin’s cave of curious exhibits at Museo Lara. Gaze up at Puerta de Almocábar, the one-time gateway to an ancient castle, and tour the well-preserved Arab Baths.

North of Puente Nuevo is Plaza de España, El Mercadillo’s main square. Ernest Hemingway brought international fame to the square by describing it in his novel For Whom the Bell Tolls. Visit Plaza de Toros, one of Spain’s most revered bullrings, and browse bullfighting memorabilia at the Ronda Bullring Museum. Enjoy additional memorable views from Mirador de Aldehuela and Cuenca Gardens.

Browse the antique shops, boutiques, bookstores and fashion outlets on Carretera Espinel, known locally as La Bola. Dine on delicious tapas, sample Andalusian wines and watch a flamenco show at the bars and restaurants around Plaza Carmen Abela.

Reach Ronda by flying to Malagá International Airport and catching a bus or renting a car from there. Alternatively, get here from Algeciras via a train journey, which travels through splendid mountain scenery and along the El Tajo Gorge.

Where to stay in Ronda

Soho Boutique Palacio San Gabriel
Soho Boutique Palacio San Gabriel
4 out of 5
Calle Marques de Moctezuma 19, Ronda
The price is £49 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in Old Town Ronda, this historic hotel is steps away from Unicaja Joaquin Peinado Museum, Museo Lara and Ronda Museum. Church of Santa Maria la Mayor ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (178 reviews)
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"Highly recommended. Just a beautiful place to stay in a quite and beatufil neighbourhood in Ronda. A place to relax and enjoy life. Staff were great. Covid protocol enforced- cleaning, social distancing, etc. Felt right at home. We'll surely revisit."

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2021

Soho Boutique Palacio San Gabriel
Catalonia Reina Victoria
Catalonia Reina Victoria
4 out of 5
Jerez, 25, Ronda, Malaga
The price is £94 per night from 18 Aug to 18 Aug
Situated in Ronda, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of Our Lady of Mercy Round, Ronda Bullring Museum, and Circulo de Artistas. Plaza de Toros ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (502 reviews)
"Excellent property, very spacious rooms, walking distance to all attractions and cultural buildings, amazing views, the Azahar restaurant of the hotel is delicious."

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2020

Catalonia Reina Victoria
Catalonia Ronda
Catalonia Ronda
4 out of 5
Avenida Virgen de la Paz, 16, Ronda, Malaga
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £102 per night from 4 Aug to 4 Aug
Located in the heart of Ronda, this spa hotel is steps away from Ronda Bullring Museum, Plaza de Toros and Circulo de Artistas. Plaza de Espana and Church of ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (447 reviews)
"Amazing view and perfect location. Great place to base in ronda"

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2020

Catalonia Ronda
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