Tips on all the best sights, restaurants, hotels and a lot more you need to know when visiting Ronda. Don’t miss this extraordinary town!
Map – Main sights in Ronda: Puente Nuevo, Jardines de Cuenca, the gorge, hiking, ruins, Plaza de Toros, La Alameda Park, Plaza del Socorro – More sights – Shopping in Ronda – Hotels in Ronda – Restaurants in Ronda – Flamenco – Facts about Ronda
Driving to Ronda from Malaga Airport: We did not want to drive the coastal highway because of the long queues and took the A-357 and A-367 instead (pls see map). The roads leading to Ronda are in good condition so you will be arriving there in no time. If you don’t want to drive take either a train or a bus.
The main sights of Ronda
The 98 meter high wall was completed in 1793. The small chamber you can see above the arch has been used both as a prison and as a museum. The bridge divides the old, Moorish town from the new Ronda.
Jardines de Cuenca
It is possible to descend into the ravine from both sides of the bridge. The path that leads down from the old town has a more difficult terrain. However, you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the Puente Nuevo and from here you may also access hiking and jogging trails.
The best way to go down to the ravine is to take Calle Tenorio and Camino de los Molinos.
Ronda was occupied by the Moors between 711 and 1066.
Ronda bullring Plaza de Toros
Ronda’s bullring Plaza de Toros de Ronda is one of the oldest and most famous bullrings in Spain.
The beautiful 18th century building is well worth a visit.
Bullfighting is prohibited in several Spanish regions, not in the whole country though. More and more Spanish people are distancing themselves from this disgusting practice.
The lovely Alameda Park is close to the bullring.
Plaza del Socorro
The square Plaza del Socorro is surrounded by interesting buildings and great restaurants.
More sightseeing tips in Ronda:
- The Arab Baths – Banos arabes
- Ronda‘s City gates and wall
- Iglesia Santa Maria del Mayor – the church by Plaza Duquesa de Parcent
- Palacio de Mondragón – Arabic palace from 1314
Shopping in Ronda
Esplanade Carrera Espinel (aka Calle la Bola) is the main street with loads of shops and cafés.
Hotels in Ronda
- Aire de Ronda – a cute B&B.
- Hotel la Fuente de la Figuera – up in the mountains in the outskirts of Ronda.
- Casa Palacio Villa Zambra – for the views and the authenticity.
- Soho boutique palacio San Gabriel – we stayed here for two nights and liked the hotel a lot.
Restaurants in Ronda
- Restaurante Bardal – the former El Bullí chef Benito Gómez got a Michelin star for Bardal in 2017. Recommend! If you don’t want to stay for dinner crab a few tapas in the bar.
- Almocabar, Plaza Rueda Alameda, 5, tel: +34 952 87 59 77. Heavenly Andalucian home cooking. The ambience is noicy and cozy and you don’t want to dress up.
- Casa Maria, Plaza Rueda Alameda, 27, tel: +34 951 08 36 63.
- Mesón el Sacristán – one of the best restaurants in town.
- Carmen de la Ronda, Calle Nueva, 4, tel: +34 952 87 87 35. Locally produced dishes and a fine wine list. Reservation is a must.
Casa Santa Pola – terrible food, old and dirty interior.
- El Almacén – the tapas are great and so is the staff.
- La Taberna Ronda, Plaza del Socorro, 8, tel: +34 607 53 79 54 – it is noicy and crowded and there are only a handful of tables. It is perfect when you just want to slip in for a copa. La Taberna Ronda might no be the fanciest but the overall ambience most definitely adds up to an evening well speant.
- Entrevinos Ronda (FB-link) – the tapas and the wines in Entrevinos are exclusive.
- De Locos Tapas – very popular tapas bar by the Almogabar Gate in the old town, make reservation prior to your visit.
- Bodega de Socorro, Calle Molino, 4, tel: +34 651 74 60 99 – traditional and typical Spanish tapas bar, big hams hanging from the ceiling.
- Tragatá – Benito Gomez’ tapas bar, also, please see above.
Breakfast or a cup of coffee
- Café de Agata, Calle Sevilla, 16, tel: +34 951 19 45 97
- La Chocolaterie, Carrera Espinel, 43B, tel: +675 24 93 99
- Granier, Carrera Espinel, 42, tel: +34 675 24 93 99
El Quinque – recommend! However, even though the flamenco show is really good the food is not. Do not eat here.
Facts about Ronda
- Population: C. 37 000.
- Ronda is located c. 750 meters above the sea level.
- It takes approximately 1,5 h to drive to Ronda from Málaga airport.
- Ronda is known for its spectacular 120 meter deep gorge.
- Both Orson Welles and Ernst Hemingway loved Ronda and visited the town often.