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'''Ronda''' is a town in [[Malaga (province)|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.
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'''Ronda''' [http://www.turismoderonda.es] is a town in [[Malaga (province)|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.
  
 
==Get in==  
 
==Get in==  
  
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 train station, located just just five minutes walk from the central bus station, is just a few blocks from the centre of town.
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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.
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The easiest way to get to Ronda from Malaga is by bus. Los Amarillos buses cost around €9 and take about two hours to get to Ronda.
  
 
==Get around==  
 
==Get around==  
  
Ronda is a small town, easily navigable on foot.
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Ronda is a small town, easily navigable on foot. To ensure you are well hydrated through out the day, be sure to keep yourself hydrated with water.
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Note: there are many water fountains located through out areas of the old town, which you can drink from.  However be careful of very high water pressure - may cause splashing!
  
 
==See==  
 
==See==  
  
*'''New bridge'''. A big bridge built over the gorge. The height from top to bottom is about 100m, like a 30 floor building. Inside the bridge, downstairs in underground rooms there is a museum and a restaurant.
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[[Image:Ronda-Puente_Nuevo.jpg|thumb|Puente Nuevo]]
  
*'''La Bola street'''. Also known as Espinel street, is the main street of the town. Full of expensive and exclusive shops. Not allowed for cars transit.
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* '''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.  
  
*'''Bull Ring'''. This is one of the oldest and most highly regarded of Spain's bull rings. You can visit the museum inside (€5).
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* '''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.)
  
*'''Alameda'''. Is a big park with big trees and fresh shadows zones. It's near the gorge, and you can see wonderful panoramas from the balconies. You can find water sources to drink.
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* '''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 picha del moro'''. Can be translated as "the penis of the African guy". It's a big rock placed in the gorge that has the characteristic phallic shape. Can be viewed from the "Alameda" gardens.
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* '''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'''. Is the old district of Ronda, beyond the new bridge. You can walk trought small streets and see a lot of church, museums, small hotels, the city hall and other monuments.
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* '''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).
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* '''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.
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*<see name="Interpretation Center of Ronda wine" alt="" address="c/ gonzalez campos nº 2" directions="Ronda" phone="952879735" url="http://www.bodegaslasangrederonda.es" hours="10 am-8pm" price="4 to 10 euros" lat="" long="">Old winery and now a fanatastic museon of wine</see>
  
*'''Barrio de San Fancisco'''. Is a district of Ronda with old houses like a old mountain town. No big buildings or skyscrapers. Interesting to see the "Almocabar Fences", arabic gates placed near the big square of the district.
 
  
 
==Do==  
 
==Do==  
  
*'''Gorge'''. A must is to walk to the bottom of the gorge where you'll get the best photo shots.
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*'''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.
  
 
==Buy==  
 
==Buy==  
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
  
In the restaurants of the centre of town you can eat lots of different "Mediterranean food" like paella (rice), cocido (soap with pig meat), huevos fritos con chorizo (eggs with garlics) or salmorejo (potatoe salad). The prices are very expensive, take care. Also you can buy typical sweets as "Las yemas del tajo", a sweet made of eggs.
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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.
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*<eat name="Cafe Bar Bodega San Francisco" alt="" address="Calle Ruedo Alameda 32" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Good place for eating authentic Andalusian food, just outside the ancient walls of the old town.</eat>
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==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
 
Near Ronda, high quality wines are produced in small wineries. Also you can find "Anis del Tajo".
 
Near Ronda, high quality wines are produced in small wineries. Also you can find "Anis del Tajo".
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*'''Huskeys''' This is a bar run by a man who used to live in America and it's decently priced and has a good atmosphere.
  
 
==Sleep==  
 
==Sleep==  
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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.
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*'''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'').
  
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*'''Hotel Enfrente Arte Ronda ''', Calle Real, 40. Tel. (+34) ''95'' 287 90 88, [http://www.enfrentearte.com]. This hotel is almost entirely designed with recycled materials. €80.
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*<sleep name="Hotel Montelirio" alt="" address="Tenorio 8" directions="" phone="95 287 38 55" url="http://www.hotelmontelirio.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="€130" lat="" long="">In the old town with a view of the Puente Nuevo from most of the rooms.</sleep>
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* '''Hotel Acinipo''', C/ José Aparicio, 7. Tel. (+34) ''95''216 10 02, [http://www.hotelacinipo.com/]. 4 star hotel in downtown.
 
*'''Parador de turismo'''
 
*'''Parador de turismo'''
 
*'''Hotel Maestranza'''
 
*'''Hotel Maestranza'''
 
*'''Hotel Victoria'''
 
*'''Hotel Victoria'''
*'''Hotel Montelirio'''
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*<sleep name="Finca Parchite" alt="" address="Crta. Ronda-Campillos Km. 32,5" directions="" phone="+34 610 287 242." url="http://www.fincaparchite.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rates start at EUR 407.41" lat="" long="">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.</sleep>
  
*'''Hotel Don miguel'''
 
*'''Hotel El Tajo'''
 
*'''Hotel Royal'''
 
 
*'''Hotel Goyesca'''
 
*'''Hotel Acinipo I and II'''
 
*'''Hotel Berlanga'''
 
 
*'''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'').
 
  
 
==Get out==  
 
==Get out==  
  
Ronda is a district hub for the bus services to other ''pueblo blanca'' 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.
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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.
 
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==External links==
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*The [http://www.turismoderonda.es/ Council of Ronda] maintains a highly informative website for tourists to the city. Includes history, sights, accommodation options and restaurant listings.
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*[http://www.andalucia.com/ronda/ Andalucia's tourist office] also maintains an informative sight about Ronda and its history.
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Revision as of 00:52, 8 November 2012

Ronda [1] 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.

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Get in

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 take about two hours to get to Ronda.

Get around

Ronda is a small town, easily navigable on foot. To ensure you are well hydrated through out the day, be sure to keep yourself hydrated with water.

Note: there are many water fountains located through out areas of the old town, which you can drink from. However be careful of very high water pressure - may cause splashing!

See

Puente Nuevo
  • 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, [2]. 10 am-8pm. Old winery and now a fanatastic museon of wine 4 to 10 euros.


Do

  • 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.

Buy

There are plenty of ATMs dotted about the main commercial district.

Eat

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.


Drink

Near Ronda, high quality wines are produced in small wineries. Also you can find "Anis del Tajo".


  • Huskeys This is a bar run by a man who used to live in America and it's decently priced and has a good atmosphere.

Sleep

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.


  • 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, [3]. This hotel is almost entirely designed with recycled materials. €80.
  • Hotel Montelirio, Tenorio 8, 95 287 38 55, [4]. In the old town with a view of the Puente Nuevo from most of the rooms. €130.
  • Hotel Acinipo, C/ José Aparicio, 7. Tel. (+34) 95216 10 02, [5]. 4 star hotel in downtown.
  • Parador de turismo
  • Hotel Maestranza
  • Hotel Victoria
  • Finca Parchite, Crta. Ronda-Campillos Km. 32,5, +34 610 287 242., [6]. 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.


Get out

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.



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