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Breathtaking views of Ronda
Ronda, located in southern Spain, is a city known for its breathtaking landscapes, historic landmarks, and rich culture. While the Puente Nuevo is undoubtedly the most famous attraction of the city, there are many other hidden gems that visitors should not miss. Our Ronda tour aims to provide a unique and immersive experience of the city, taking guests to lesser-known spots that showcase the true beauty of Ronda. Led by our expert tour guide, visitors will have the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful and historic locations in Ronda. From the Moorish walls and gates of the old city to the stunning gardens and fountains of the Casa del Rey Moro, our tour showcases the rich culture and history of the region. Visitors will also have the chance to discover the hidden gems that are often overlooked, such as the Plaza de María Auxiliadora and the Church of Our Lady of Mercy. Our tour offers a comprehensive and personalized experience, allowing guests to fully appreciate the beauty and charm of Ronda.
Puente Nuevo, Ronda (new bridge)
The Puente Nuevo is undoubtedly the most iconic landmark in Ronda, Spain. This impressive bridge spans the El Tajo gorge, which separates the old and new parts of the city. Completed in 1793 after 40 years of construction, the Puente Nuevo has become a symbol of Ronda’s rich history and breathtaking natural beauty. The bridge stands 120 meters tall and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape, including the Serrania de Ronda and Sierra de Grazalema natural parks. Visitors to Ronda will find that the Puente Nuevo is a must-see attraction. Whether you choose to admire the bridge from afar or venture across it to take in the panoramic views, you will not be disappointed. For the most breathtaking views, it is recommended that visitors access the bridge by car to a secret spot. From there, you can take in the awe-inspiring scenery and appreciate the engineering feat that is the Puente Nuevo.
Alameda del Tajo
To fully appreciate the stunning natural beauty of the Grazalema mountains and the surrounding landscape of Ronda, a visit to Alameda del Tajo is recommended. This beautiful park, situated just to the north of the historic bullring, offers visitors a chance to take a leisurely stroll along its main avenue, which leads to the cliff edge where viewing balconies can be found. From here, visitors can enjoy the panoramic views of the town and its surroundings, and marvel at the natural wonders of the area. The Alameda del Tajo is a popular spot for both tourists and locals alike, and is an ideal location for photography enthusiasts to capture the unique and awe-inspiring vistas. The park is well-maintained with lush greenery, benches, and walkways, providing a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere for visitors to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to sit and reflect, or an active spot for a jog or picnic, the Alameda del Tajo is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Ronda.
The Bottom of El Tajo
Ronda’s Puente Nuevo, or new bridge, is an impressive feat of engineering that has become an iconic symbol of the city. Standing at a height of 120 meters and spanning a length of 98 meters, it was constructed over the course of 40 years and completed in 1793. The bridge was designed by architect José Martin de Aldehuela, who envisioned a structure that could connect the two sides of the Tajo gorge and facilitate commerce and transportation between them.
To truly appreciate the dimensions of the Puente Nuevo, it is recommended to view it from the bottom of the gorge. Visitors can make their way down to the bottom via the Casa del Rey Moro museum, which provides stunning views of the bridge and the surrounding landscape. From this perspective, the bridge appears even more magnificent and awe-inspiring, showcasing the intricate craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into its construction. Standing beneath the bridge, one can only imagine the incredible amount of effort and resources that were required to build such a monumental structure in the 18th century.
Ronda’s Old Bridge, also known as Puente Viejo, is a hidden gem that often goes unnoticed by tourists. The bridge, which was built in the early 17th century, is one of two original crossings in Ronda. The other two bridges are a Roman bridge and a Moorish bridge. Located on the east side of the Puente Nuevo at a lower altitude, it provides stunning views of the eastern side of Ronda. To reach Puente Viejo, visitors can take a leisurely walk through the Jardines de Cuenca or follow our recommended walking tour of Ronda.
The latter takes approximately 45 minutes and begins in the old town, leading visitors through the city’s fortress wall before reaching the Old Bridge. The walk provides an opportunity to explore Ronda’s rich history and culture, offering glimpses of the city’s architecture and stunning landscape. Whether you’re a history buff or simply looking to explore Ronda off the beaten path, the Old Bridge is a must-see attraction that provides a unique perspective of the city.
Jardines de Cuenca
After crossing the Puente Viejo, one can take a leisurely stroll up to the Jardines de Cuenca, a charming park located directly opposite the House of the Moorish King. The park, though relatively new, has already become a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike. Visitors to the park will be treated to breathtaking views of the gorge and the magnificent Puente Nuevo, the iconic bridge that spans the El Tajo River. The Jardines de Cuenca offers a tranquil respite from the bustling streets of Ronda. The park’s well-manicured gardens and pathways provide a peaceful ambiance, while the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape offer a feast for the eyes. Whether one is looking for a peaceful escape or simply a place to take stunning photos, the Jardines de Cuenca is a must-visit destination in Ronda.
If you decide to go to Ronda as a day trip from Malaga or Marbella (which we really recommend), lets us walk you to to all these secret spots, you will get a once in a life time experience.