Ronda is a town in Malaga in Spain. Set in and around a deep gorge spanned by an impressive bridge, the relaxing atmosphere here is a great break from some of the more tourist-ridden places on the south coast of Spain, however it can still be packed with day-trippers from the Costa del Sol, especially during the peak summer months.
Ronda is easy to get to by train from Madrid or regional trains and is a good day trip from the Costa del Sol resorts. The main railway station, located approximately five minutes from the central bus station, is just a few blocks from the centre of town.
The easiest way to get to Ronda from Malaga is by bus. Los Amarillos buses cost around €9 and takes about two hours to get to Ronda.
Puente Nuevo. The large and incredible bridge over the gorge (el Tajo), finished in 1793. The height from top to bottom is about 100 m, like a 30 floor building. Inside the bridge there is a small museum.
Calle la Bola is the local name for Calle Espinel, the main shopping and strolling street in town. (Trivia: "La bola" means "ball" in Spanish; the street earned its nickname when, after a heavy snowfall, a group of citizens rolled a large snowball down its slope.)
Plaza de Toros. The oldest and one of the most highly regarded of Spain's bull rings. You can visit the museum inside (€6).
La Alameda. A nice park with shady trees and ample walking space. It's right next to the bull ring, and you can see wonderful panoramas from the balconies.
La Ciudad. The old district of Ronda, beyond the new bridge. Full of twisting, narrow streets. Located there are the church of Santa Maria la Mayor and the Palacio de Mondragon. The former, on the site of town's main mosque during Moorish rule, is a Gothic style cathedral that, inside, has elements of the Baroque and Rococo as well. The latter is a former Moorish palace with beautiful gardens, a fantastic view, and a small museum. (Small fee).
Puente Viejo and Arco de Felipe V. On the eastern side of the old city, down the hill. This small bridge was the means of crossing the Tajo before the completion of the newer, larger one. Also in this area is a beautiful arch, named for Phillip the Fifth.
Interpretation Center of Ronda wine, c/ gonzalez campos nº 2 (Ronda), ☎ 952879735, . 10 am-8pm. Old winery and now a fantastic museum of wine4 to 10 euros. edit
Gorge. A must is to walk to the bottom of the gorge where you'll get the best photo shots. But if there is an extended dry spell, the gorge can stink because they still release sewage into the river -- you have been warned.
Avoid the restaurants in the tourist area during the day, as they are overpriced and often only full of other tourists! Look for smaller cafes and bars. A quick breakfast usually consists of toast (pan tostada) and coffee (cafe con leche--coffee with milk; be sure to add the pack of sugar always served with it for a real treat.) If you are looking for an inexpensive snack or lunch, any bar will be able to make you a sandwich (bocadillo) with your choice of ham, cheese, or tomato. Also, look for bakeries (pastelerias), as Spain has some of the finest pastries around.
Cafe Bar Bodega San Francisco, Calle Ruedo Alameda 32. Good place for eating authentic Andalusian food, just outside the ancient walls of the old town. Highly recommended by locals, but get there early in the evening or you may face long wait times! edit
Casa Santa pola, Calle de Santo Domingo, 3, Ronda, Málaga, ☎ +34 952 87 92 08. Many levels overlooking the ravine, some indoors and terrace as well. Relatively expensive but the food and service was excellent! Well worth it.edit
La Casa del Jamón, : Calle Jerez, 28 RONDA. If your looking for really (really) good Iberican ham ... And want to grab a bottle of wine and a package of wonderful Iberican ham for a picnic in the park, overlooking the mountains at sunset (or any other time) this is the place. Half the price and/or twice as good ( depending on which you choose from the many) it is well worth the short trip from the porto Nuevo edit
There are plenty of hotels in the area of town tourists are likely to want to stay, on some streets it looks like more of the buildings are hotels than are not.
Alternatively: there is a community of locals that invite travelers to live in their houses called Escuela Entrelenguas. They have a Facebook page and are listed on Airbnb. It can sometimes be a much better deal than the "hotels" in town, and fits more closely to the budget category.
Hotel RondaSol. A family-run place; the mother of the family at least speaks fluent French as well as Spanish. €20 (double room with sink). €13 (single room with sink).
Hotel Enfrente Arte Ronda , Calle Real, 40. Tel. (+34) 95 287 90 88, . This hotel is almost entirely designed with recycled materials. €80.
Hotel Montelirio, Tenorio 8, ☎ 95 287 38 55, . In the old town with a view of the Puente Nuevo from most of the rooms.€130. edit
Hotel Acinipo, C/ José Aparicio, 7. Tel. (+34) 95216 10 02, . 4 star hotel in downtown.
Parador de turismo Expensive hotel right next to the topmost bridge and the canyon. Very good location, but probably overpriced at 200 euros per night and more.
Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria - Calle Jerez, 25, Ronda, Málaga; +34 952 87 12 40. 4 star with spa overlooking the west where you can watch the sunset over the mountains. Sitting on the edge of cliff ... Seems to be recently renovated with a mix of old and new.
Finca Parchite, Crta. Ronda-Campillos Km. 32,5, ☎ +34 610 287 242., . Their hotel accommodation in Malaga offers room equipped with shower, gas stove, bidet, lounge seating, juicer and hairdryer. Some of its facilities and services are Henhouse, game room, barbecue area, library, shared swimming pool, car park, gazebo, bar, ecological garden, cleaning services, babysitting, medical services, visit to wineries, wireless broadband, airport transfers, ATM/Bank, massage and Spectacles: flamenco, mariachis, etc.Rates start at EUR 407.41. edit
Hotel Fuerte Grazalema ****, Baldío de los Alamillos Carretera A-372, Km. 53. 11610. Grazalema (Cádiz), Andalucia, Spain., ☎ +44 0800 021 1397 (email@example.com). edit In the middle of Grazalema Natural Park.
Ronda is a district hub for the bus services to other pueblo blanco towns and villages such as Montejaque, Benaojan and Zahara la Sierra. Most of these villages have at least one weekday service, while others have up to three services a day.