Wanderlist Discover: Ronda, Spain
The magical town of Ronda sits on the edge of a plateau, in the Malaga province of Spain. One of the most impressive sights is the stunning bridge that spans the 120 metre El Tajo Gorge between the old citadel and the new part of town. The town is divided into two parts : La Ciudad, which lies south of the gorge and the northern part, El Mercadillo. This remarkably pretty town is a perfect dream destination, with its long & winding cobbled streets, iconic white-washed houses and a unforgettable views over the El Tajo Gorge. The town is filled with quaint old structures and buildings from the 12th and 16th centuries that add to the beauty and charm. Ronda is also home to some of the best wineries in Spain, which is quite apt, as the original name of the old Roman settlement on the ruins of which the new town was built was Acinipo, which means ‘City of Wine’.
A COUPLE OF ACTIVITIES YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS
- Peunte Nuevo : One of the most iconic stone bridges in Europe, the Puento Nuevo (The New Bridge) is one of the three bridges that span the El Tajo gorge, but it is by far the most well-known landmark in town. It has some unforgettable views of the gorge below, especially from the Parador hotels, that sit adjacent to the bridge.
- Plaza de Toros : Ronda’s bullring is owned and run by the Royal School of Cavalry, a society established by the King in 1573, as a training school for knights during peacetime. The bullring itself, built in 1785, is the oldest bullring in Spain, and is now used exclusively during the annual festival in honour of Pedro Romero.
- Palacio de Mondragon : The former home of Ronda’s Muslim rulers, this palace is an amazing example of a mixture of Islamic, Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles. This structure still has working miniature water gardens from the 12th century, and is a must visit for any student of art and architecture.
Best Time To Go: AUGUST TO SEPTEMBER
Ronda has a pleasant climate all year around, so the best time to visit is towards the end of summer, around August and September, when the town host different festivals and other events.
Where in the world:
Ronda is located in the Malaga province of Andalusia, Spain.
Fun Fact: Ronda is considered to be the birthplace of modern bullfighting. In the 18th century, the legendary bullfighter from Ronda, Pedro Romero, challenged the traditional way of horseback bullfighting, and started the practice of standing on foot in front of a charging bull. Today, the sport of bull-fighting can be observed during the Feria Goyesca, which an annual event held in the beginning of September.
- Language : Spanish
- Currency : Euro
- How to Get Around : Ronda is easy to reach from Malaga and Seville, either by bus or by car. Train connections can be a bit poor and infrequent. Parking inside the city can be limited and difficult, thanks to the narrow lanes. However, once you have pa rked the car, the town can be very easily covered on foot.
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