Ronda is a mountaintop city that never fails to charm even the most seasoned traveler. Located within the autonomous community of Andalucia, the city is about 100 kilometres from Malaga.
One of Spain’s most visited cities, Ronda sits astride the awe inspiring El Tajo Gorge. Spanning the gorge are three magnificent bridges, with the real eye catcher being Puente Nuevo (New Bridge). Testament to the age of this wonderful city, Puente Nuevo is actually over 200 years old.
Serrania de Ronda
With its lofty position in the heart of the Serrania de Ronda (main image), the surrounding views from much of the city are spectacular. The most stunning of these can be seen from the Mirador de Aldehuela and Balcón del Coño viewpoints. Those who understand some Spanish may ask why a viewpoint would be given such a rude name. Well, stand here and look down and see what the first word that comes to mind is!
El Tajo Gorge & Bridge
The mighty 100 metre El Tajo Gorge was formed by the River Guadalevín which still flows and divides the city in two. On one side visitors will find the old town where many Arabic landmarks remain. On the other side is the newer part of the city known as El Mercadillo.
There really is so much to see and do in Ronda, many day visitors decide to return for a longer stay. Known as the birthplace of modern bull fighting, the Plaza de Toros is one of the oldest and most picturesque bullrings in Spain. Many old stone walls and gates hint of the city’s past as a mighty fortress. Plaza Duquesa de Parcent is the main city square with the Santa Maria del Mayor church as its focal point and many surrounding monuments.
Cuenca Garden (Jardines de Cuenca)
The Cuenca Gardens hug the edges of the gorge in a series of stone terraces with rest areas to stop for a while and take in the beautiful views. Further lovely gardens around the Mondragon Palace invite visitors to relax and enjoy the cool shade of their trees and plants. For a cooling swim in enticing river pools, head out of the city to the Cueva del Gato.