During a recent visit to Spain, the Winederlusting crew discovered some of the best things to do in Ronda. Take a look at some of the stunning features this historic city has to offer.
Despite its relatively small stature (about 35,000 residents), Ronda offers travel and adventure enthusiasts a location in Spain steeped in some of the most breathtaking views one could ever hope to encounter.
The city of Ronda can be found in South Central Spain – about 60 kilometers Northwest of Marbella. While Ronda is a part of the Malaga province, the entire area is within one of the most picturesque Spanish regions – Andalusia (Andalucia).
Here are our favorite things to do in Ronda, Spain through Pictures
1. Explore Ronda
The city itself maintains a small-town vibe, with quiet sunset-stricken cobblestone streets and bustling mom-and-pop boutiques during the day. Great food, vibrant wines, and oh… did I mention it sits on top of mountain? Well, sorta.
Ronda, Spain lies on a precipice, what remains of an ancient limestone rock formation carved in two by the Rio Guadalevín. Overtime, this river carved out “El Tajo,” (meaning deep gash or cut), which is a canyon plummeting down more than 100 meters. Don’t be afraid to hike outside the city walls!
2. Visit El Tajo
Many tourists visit Ronda as a day trip – however I’d advise against this. Yes, Ronda is a small city, but it has a lot to offer and should be considered in any Southern Spain itinerary.
Try planning your visit to Ronda around peak tourist hours and plan to stay at least a couple of nights. Between 10 AM and 6 PM, daily, Ronda is flooded with tourists. If you get in to Ronda one day in the early evening, the last of the tourists will be leaving and you’ll be able to catch a peaceful sunset with minimal distractions.
3. 360 Degrees of Breathtaking Landscape
Travel Tip: Want to get to Ronda from Madrid? Hop on Renfe’s Altaria train line from the very central Atocha station in Madrid.
4. Wine a little!
It comes out of the wall.
On a recent visit to Andalucia in May of 2015, I had the privilege of visiting Ronda during an ideal time of year while the flowers were blooming and wine grapes were just beginning to bud. But that isn’t the half of it.
Imagine taking part in activities that range from drinking wine straight from the tap of an ancient roman winery, to climbing a castle wall to witness the most beautiful sunset drop behind the Serranía de Ronda mountain range.
5. Puente Nuevo
Apartments, restaurants and shops line the canyon walls of “El Tajo.” You can eat at some of these restaurants along the cliff, but the majority tend to be tourist traps.
While the food certainly is not bad, you can get a better meal at a much more modest price if you wander a few blocks inward from this location (Puente Nuevo, or “New Bridge”).
6. Plaza de Torros
Ronda is one of the first cities in Spain that really helped to immortalize bull fighting and turn it into an artistic sport. Spanish families here are said to have made the use of the cape a mainstay in Spanish culture. Pictured above is the Plaza de Torros.
7. Sunflower Fields Forever (in the Summer)
While my visit this past May was a little bit early to catch the full blossom of Sunflowers around Ronda, if you go further into the summer you’re in for a real treat. Not unlike this sunflower field as captured by the Glampacker en-route to Bilbao.
8. Discover Hidden Stories
This is Puente Nuevo, which spans the canyon carved out by the Rio Guadalevín. One of the more interesting, lesser known facts about this particular bridge is that it was used to hurl prisoners to their deaths during the Spanish Civil War. History would have it that Ernest Hemingway referenced this location in his famous book “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” based off real events that happened right here.
Eat Tapas in Ronda, too.
As if ancient bridges, sunflower fields, sunsets, mountains and architecture weren’t enough, make sure you do a tapas hop for as many nights as you’re staying in Ronda. Start on Calle Nueva with Tragatapas. Got questions? Or have you been to Ronda before? We’d like to hear from you either way in the comments below.