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Ronda

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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.

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.

Get around

Ronda is a small town, easily navigable on foot.

See

  • Puente Nuevo. The large bridge built over the gorge (el Tajo). 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.
  • 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. This is one of the oldest and most highly regarded of Spain's bull rings. You can visit the museum inside (€5).
  • La Alameda is a big park with shade-providing trees and ample walking space. It is 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).
  • El barrio de San Francisco is a district of Ronda with old houses similar to many old Spanish towns. No big buildings or skyscrapers. It's located at the south end of town, past la Ciudad.

Do

  • Gorge. A must is to walk to the bottom of the gorge where you'll get the best photo shots.

Buy

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

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.

Drink

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

Sleep

  • Parador de turismo
  • Hotel Maestranza
  • Hotel Victoria
  • Hotel Montelirio
  • 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

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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