The city of Malaga has a lot to offer, museums, monuments and a diverse gastronomic offer. Once you have spent a few days in Malaga and get a good sense of the city, why don´t take a day trip and get to know other beautiful towns near by? One of those towns is Ronda, a very popular destinations for day trips from Malaga.
Ronda is one hour and a half driving distance from Malaga city. The drive is just worth it by itself, you will drive through a beautiful scenery with white washed little towns like Ardales sorrounded by fields of olive and orange trees. As you climb up to Ronda (Ronda is 800 m above sea level), the scenary will totally change from olive trees to beautiful oak trees. Upon arrival to Ronda, the first thing you could do is walk through the Parque de la Alameda from where you will get spectacular views of the Ronda mountain range (Serrania de Ronda). This walk will lead you to the famous Ronda bullring, the oldest and most pintoresque bullring in Spain, construction of the bullring started in 1779 and finished in 1785. We recommend a visit to the bullring, prices are 7,50€ and 8,50€ with audio guide.
Once you have visited the bullring, you may head to the Puente Nuevo, the New Bridge. This bridge connects the new town called the Mercadillo with the historic center. The construction of the newest bridge (the one that stands today) was started in 1759 and took 34 years to build. The reason it is called the new bridge (puente nuevo) is because there are another two bridges (one Roman and the other from the Muslim domination) which are located on the east side of town. From Puente Nuevo you can admire the breathtaking gorge (tajo) which cuts the city in two, the gorge is 300ft deep.
Crossing the puente nuevo (new bridge) will lead you to the Ronda historic center. Old Ronda (La Ciudad) sidewinds off into cobbled streets hemmed by handsome town mansions, some still occupied by Ronda’s titled families. The cobbled alley leads naturally on to Ronda’s loveliest public space, the leafy Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, which boasts a convent, two churches, including the iglesia Santa Maria de Mayor, and the beautiful arched city hall building.
Once you have visited the main square, why don´t stop for a bite at any of the great restaurants located either at the historic center or the new town. Some of the typical Ronda dishes you may try are rabo de toro (oxtail), iberian ham (jamón serrano) or any other tasty tapas dishes. Don´t forget to drink the local red wine (Ronda is home to more than 23 wineries).
Want to visit Ronda with a local private guide? we offer a private day tour from Malaga or Marbella to Ronda, your guide will pick you up from your hotel, apartment of ship terminal and will take you for a fantastic day trip.