Ronda Travel Guide

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    Here's the bridge
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    The bullring
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  • Wandering around

    Keep moving along the wall and you'll end up at the entrance gate of the old Ronda after you walk down the street all the way back up to the bridge over the gorgeFor the most amazing views of the bridge itself you have now on the other side are exactly Walk from the bridge towards the old town, turn right into the narrow streets and looking to go...

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  • The rock wall

    The most remarkable Spanish cities . Ronda is built on two rocks , which the 150 meter deep valley forms of the Rio Guadelevin Because of this vast valley , the city , as it were divided in half , while the houses on the edge of the gorge seem to balance To connect the old part of town and the new section together was in the eighteenth century, a...

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  • Puente Viejo

    The Moorish bridge is a real tourist attraction. The bridge and gorge are very specialYou can walk into the gorge for an even better viewThis "old bridge" located in a lower portion of the walls of RondaThis bridge was built to the construction of the new bridge, and was built in 1616 and used for pedestrians to connects from the old to the new...

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  • The house of the Moorish king

    The so called palace was built in the 18th century, when the moorish were already gone for centuries. The only real thing from Moorish times is a staircase, cut in the walls of the cliffs by slaves, to bring water from the river when the city was besieged.

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  • Arena

    Bullfighting arena or bullring in the town of Ronda. In the halls adjacent to the ring itself, you'll find stables and two museums. One museum contains costumes, paintings, hand coloured drawings and decorations associated with bullfighting, the other contains among others a wide variety of old rifles dating back to the 18th and 19th century. These...

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  • Museo del Bandolero

    Ronda was once at the center of an area that had great problems with outlaws. This museum gives you a look into the life of the outlaw, how they survived, an outline of some of their exploits.Much of what you will see in Ronda has to do with history of long ago and this museum is a real departure from that. Certainly a nice change of pace.As...

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Ronda Restaurants

  • Right by the Puente Nuevo

    The location is fantastic! At the end of the bridge facing the upper gorge. Visually, it is a spectacular place. One of the local recommendations seemed to be stewed oxtail, which i had never had. I figured I would ask someone that didn't have a stake in the outcome (someone that didn't work in the tourist trade) so I asked a local cop to tell me...

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  • Average, inexpensive cafe in Ronda

    We were dreadfully hungry and were walking up the hill after crossing the famous bridge in Ronda. We passed some gift shops and came across a cafe with outside alfresco dining under the shade. It looked like a popular spot so we sat down for a spot of lunch.On the good side, the service was great and the food was relatively cheap for the location....

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  • not typical tourist trap

    On a small quiet street in the middle of tourist/shopping mayhem is this small family-run tapas restaurant, where mama makes all the food and papa provides the service. The reason we stopped here at first was because she was so nice and friendly, and we came back the next day because the food was some of the best we'd had in Spain. This is a...

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Ronda Nightlife

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  • Ronda at Night

    This bar opened the week I arrived in Ronda and I was one of the first customers. The owners - brothers Gus and Carlos - gave us a warm welcome. They are from Connecticut originally but moved between the U.S and Spain all their life, so they spoke fluent English and Spanish. This helped a lot as the clientele of the bar was a good mix of Spanish...

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  • Central Corner

    After a walk through the old town and back into the new town by one of the bridges we stopped for a beer at Central Corner, a nice bar in the back streets of the Mercadillo area. There are tables outside the bar, which were lovely to sit out on and catch the last of the evening sun. A Cruzcampo beer and a plate of peanuts was just what we needed...

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  • Bodega El Socerro

    We started our evening off at Bodega El Socerro, a nice bar near Plaza del Socerro, one of the Mercadillo's main squares, where many of the cities bars and restaurants are found. Unlike in Granada we didn't get free tapas, but we did get two lovely glasses of Rioja. The bar was very popular with locals and I think we were the only non-Spanish...

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Ronda Transportation

  • Explore Ronda on foot

    Especially Ronda's Old Town (La Ciudad) which is situated in between the Arab fortifications to the south and the El Tajo gorge to the north is best explored on foot. It is small and many alleys are not accessible for traffic. Just keep in mind to wear proper shoes, as some of the ways are cobbled and quite steep.

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  • To Ronda by bus

    I went to Ronda on a daytrip by bus from Marbella. The route is served by 5-6 daily buses. The 50 km drive up the winding roads offers fantastic views of the Andalusian Mountains and takes about 75 minutes. Single tickets cost about 5 Euro (2006).Ronda's bus station is located at the Plaza Conception Garcia Redondo just a 15 min walk north of the...

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  • Rental Car

    Sue and I like to be independent to do our own thing when travelling and it usually involves getting off the beaten track. As a result, we almost always hire a car if it makes any sense at all given the circumstances of where we are visiting. In this case, because Sue's sister was joining us from England for eight days of our trip, I had to go one...

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Ronda Shopping

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  • Another beautiful shop

    A couples of minutes after leaving El Pensamiento we found La Alianza another place where you can spend lots of money doing shoppings. I admit that I did not buy anything but i´ll do next time.Después de salir de El pensamiento, andé unos 20 metros y encontre otra tienda para estar todo el día y comprar mogollón de cosas. Admito que no compré nada...

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  • Beautiful shop

    Is one of the most beautiful shops that i´ve seen, is the perfect place to buy toys, games, souvenirs and any gift that you´re looking for.Es una de las jugueterias mas bonitas que he visto, es el sitio perfecto para comprar juguetes, juegos, souvenirs y detalles para decorar tu casa. Seguro que encuentras lo que vas buscando.

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  • Shoes, bags and more shoes

    La Bomba is the largest and popular shoe shop in Ronda established since 1.892, there are a good selection of shoes, bags and leather. That shoe that you´re looking for you´ll find it there.La Bomba es la zapatería mas conocida en Ronda, está establecida allí desde 1.892, seguro que el zapato que vas buscando lo encontrarás allí. Hay una gran...

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Ronda Local Customs

  • Jamon Serrano

    Jamon serrano means "ham from the mountains." This has to do more than anything else with the final step in the process of curing and drying the ham. The ham is dried for 6-18 months and the drying sheds (secaderos) are built at higher elevations. So Ronda, with its cool, dry mountain climate is ideal for this. The initial step is to cover the hams...

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  • Horse-drawn Carriage rides

    As we were walking back to our parked car in late-afternoon, this horse-drawn carriage clip-clopped past us with its load of a happy tourist family. We had previously noticed that this form of transportation for tourists seemed to be a staple outside the Cathedral in Sevilla as well. My DK Eyewitness travel guide on Andalusia says that "there is no...

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  • Azulejo tiles

    As we found out during our drive around Portugal in 2004, 'azulejos' are a unique and famous method of making colourful ceramic tiles for decorative purposes - first introduced to the Iberian Peninsula over 1000 years ago by the Moorish invaders from Africa. Not only beautiful, they are also extremely durable and allow the creation of a wide...

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Ronda Warnings and Dangers

  • The road to Ronda

    The road up to Ronda even though in good condition is very winding and care should be taken. I would recommend not to use this road after dark if possible. Also during weekends it is known that many bikers use this road just to get a thrill on the bends, usually riding at excessive speeds and with little regard for other road users.

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  • Parking challenges

    Don't try to park as close to the bullring or gorge as possible. This is the center of town and the busiest part. We made that mistake and found ourselves locked into a lane of cars that was trying to get into an underground lot. The underground lot filled up, and the lane of cars was trapped. We had to wait there about 15 minutes, until the cars...

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  • You CAN fall into the Tajo

    I did not see it happen, but it does. In many areas there are not railings and nice rocky projections that look like places from which to take a picture. Of course a slip would undoubtedly be fatal. Even with a group of unsteady seniors just edging up to some spots made the tour guide almost frantic. (I remember from my youth places on the North...

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Ronda Tourist Traps

  • Beware of the 'added' extras with your...

    If the waiter places some bread or tapas on your table before your meal, and you don't eat it, it will still be added to your final bill. Unless they actually state it is free, there is a cost involved. It is often called pan (bread), so check your bill before you pay for it. In Ronda the price for pan is about 1-2 Euro, but some other towns/cities...

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  • Skip the House of the Moorish King

    This place claims to be the former home of a Moorish King. Frommer's guide book says otherwise & there is no real information given at the house to confirm this either. Its basically a really steep climb, with some slippery steps, in partial darkness, down to the river. The is nothing inside to even tell you what you are looking at. Don't fall...

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  • Any restaurant in the plaza socorro

    As with any town the worst (and most expensive) restaurants are around the main town square of the plaza socorro. Avoid all of the them, a 2 minute walk will uncover much better cuisine. No! in general avoid them, there is no reason to use them try the numerous tapas bars such as faustinos just off the square. Just look for the locals, they go...

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Ronda What to Pack

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    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 18, 2006

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    Miscellaneous: Make sure you pick up a free map of Ronda at one of the two Tourist Information Offices. They offer a useful map in various languages which not only shows the locations of the sights, but also gives brief descriptions of the monuments.

    Ronda has two Tourist Information Offices. One is located at the Paseo de Blas Infante just opposite the Bullring and the other one can be found at the Plaza de Espana near the northern end of the New Bridge (Puente Nuevo).

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Ronda Off The Beaten Path

  • Prehistoric Caves- La Pileta

    Ronda has a few prehistoric caves not too far away. The important one is located outside the village of Benojoan. A bit difficult to reach, it is about 25 km (16 miles) from Ronda. There is a train that will leave you at Benojoan if you prefer. Getting to the cave itself involves a steep climb uphill. Getting there on public transport would have...

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  • Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows

    The Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows (templete de Nuestra Senora de Dolores) is one of those things that the tour guides often don't mention because it has much to do with the darker side of the city. You will see this little shrine, attached to a house and probably not think of giving it a second look. Condemned prisoners used to be executed in the...

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  • Marbella and the Costa del Sol

    I went to Ronda on a daytrip from Marbella, but of course you can also do it the other way round. Marbella is a vibrant beach resort at the Costa del Sol which is dominated by the tourism industry. It has endless beaches, a lovely marina and a small old town with cobbled alleys. About 5-6 buses serve the Ronda to Marbella route per day and the trip...

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  • Walking along the Promenade

    Ronda has a lovely promenade built along the edge of the gorge. It is a tree lined set of 5 parallel streets or paths (they call them avenues) that have a lot of nice little parks and places to look out at the surrounding countryside. This a beautiful stroll in Ronda, quite stunning if you are near sunset.

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  • El Tajo Gorge

    Ronda is divided by the El Tajo Gorge which is up to 100 m deep. The gorge has been gaped by the river Rio Guadalevin. South of the gorge the old Moorish part of the town called La Ciudad can be found whereas the newer part (El Mercadillo = Little Market) is situated to the north. The best views of the gorge can be enjoyed from the New Bridge...

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  • Arab Walls and City Gates

    During the Arabic period the city of Ronda was protected by the El Tajo gorge on the northern side and by massive city walls with gates on the other sides.The most important gate from this time is the Almocabar Gate at the southern end of the city. It dates back to the 13th century and consists of semicircular towers and three arches.Other...

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City Fortifications- Puerta de Almocabar
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Centro de Interpretacion- Puente Nuevo
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Tourist Information
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Museo Lara
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Plaza de Toros de Ronda
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Church of Padre Jesus
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Fountain of Eight Spouts
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Mondragon Palace
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Arab baths
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Alameda del Tajo
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New bridge
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Old City
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Lots of noble houses
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San Sebastian Minaret
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Iglesia Espiritu Santo
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A town at the edge of the precipice
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Putting it all in perspective
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Puente Nuevo
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Strolling around Ronda.
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The oldest bull fighting ring in the world.
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Enjoy the view from Ronda.
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See the home of bullfighting Ronda Spain
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Puente Nuevo - Awesome bridge in Ronda
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Great steaks!
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Plaza del Socorro
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Great Vegetarian Restaurant
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Maybe the Pizza would have been better,maybe not.
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Puente Nuevo
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Impressive El Tajo gorge
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From the 'Lookout'
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scenic train route from Ronda to Algeciras
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How we drove to Ronda
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Christmas Day tapas!
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Puente Nuevo - the New Bridge
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Walk the busy streets of Ronda
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A short visit to Lara's Museum
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Old Ronda - 'la Ciudad'
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Valley views - the best seats in the house!
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Religion and Bullfighting
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Arriving from the coast
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