Things to do in Ronda
Ronda sits in the heart of the Serrania de Ronda, about 100kms from the city of Malaga (1 hour and 30 minutes driving) and with a population of approximately 35,000 inhabitants. Ronda has become Andalusia’s third most visited town. With its world-famous New Bridge and bullring, as well as the hidden corners of the gorge on top of which it perches, Ronda will not disappoint you.
Ronda (Acinipo) was first declared a city by Julius Caesar in the first century AD. when the Moorish troops under the command of Tarik-ibn-Zeyad invaded the region in 8C, one of the first routes they followed was the old Roman one, linking Gibraltar with the Roman settlement of Acinipo.
They renamed the town to Izna-Rand-Onda – Ronda. The ruins of Acinipo actually sit 20Km outside of modern-day Ronda.
In CostaExcursions we organize guided private walking tours in Ronda, please read more about our day trip to Ronda from Malaga or Marbella.
Here is a list of the must see places in Ronda.
Puente Nuevo (new bridge)
Offering unforgettable views over the El Tajo gorge. The Puente Nuevo – new bridge – was actually completed in 1793 and took forty two years to build (and many workers killed…). It was buildt by the same architect as the famous bull ring. One of southern Spain’s most famous attractions, Ronda’s Puente Nuevo, or New Bridge, spans the 328-feet-deep El Tajo gorge, linking El Mercadillo (The Little Market), the newer part of town, with La Ciudad (The Town), the old Moorish quarter. The Puente Nuevo was built because is the shorte distance between the old town and the new town.
The original bridge had one single arch, that bridge colapsed 6 years after it was built, the new bridge has 3 arches.
One of Spain’s most famous Parador hotels sits adjacent to the bridge and is a well worth a visit. The views of the El Tajo gorge from this hotel are spectacular.
Bullring (plaza de toros)
The Real Maestranza bullring is one of the oldest and most picturesque in Spain. It was built in 1785 by the architect (Jose Martin Aldehuela – the same architect who built the Puente Nuevo). The ring can hold up to 5000 spectators. Ronda’s bullring is now used just once a year for the exclusive annual bullfight of the town’s September Feria (local festivity)
The price of entry is 7.00€ per person and 8.50€ with an audio-guide.
Coño Balcony (el balcón del coño)
Although not a very nice name, the views from this balcony doesn´t get any better. This balcony is jut out over the cliffside and provide straight-down views of the gorge. This balcony feel much sturdier than they look when viewed from a distance (see image), especially if there are a number of visitors crammed onto them.
The Balcón del Coño viewpoint is another that should not be missed.
La Casa del Rey Moro (Moorish Palace)
It sits atop El Tajo gorge on the old Moorish side of town and, the palace is now a museum, you can walk down the steep stone staircase to the Water Mineall the way to the bottom of El Tajo. Legend has it that this was the residence of the Moorish King, Almonated, who is said to have drank wine from the skulls of his enemies. Although more recent evidence seems to indicate that the King never actually lived in the building. Today’s structure was completed in the 18th century and completely remodeled in 1920 by the Duchess of Parcent. The gardens were designed by the same French architect who designed the Maria Luisa Park in Seville, Jean Claude Forestier.
Jardines de Cuenca – Cuenca Gardens
The Cuenca Gardens (jardines de Cuenca) are located on the ledges of the Tajo and distributed across a series of terraces. The views are fantastic and give you a unique and differing perspective (and less crowded) of the city and of course the New Bridge. Totally worth it if you are up for a little walk.
The new bridge is not only the Ronda’s most iconic attraction, it also serves as a connection between the old town and the new town, each with its own style and atmosphere. La Ciudad – or The Old Town, is the original Moorish part and weaves around one central Street, Calle Armiñan, south of Puente Nuevo.
Ronda isn’t all about history and culture, it is also home to some fantastic wineries. So after visiting all the above fantastic places, why don´t relax with a glass of wine and tapas at any of the wonderful restaurants in Ronda
Help me Rhonda
Ok, ok, we know by now that Help me Rhonda is a Beach Boys song, but we are sure “Ronda” will help you have a great time. Come and enjoy it with us.
“Well, Rhonda you look so fine (look so fine)
And I know it wouldn’t take much time (just 6 hours)
For you to help me Rhonda
Help me get her out of my heart”