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Ronda – What to visit in Andalusia’s most beautiful Pueblo Blanco (map included)

Ronda – What to visit in Andalusia’s most beautiful Pueblo Blanco (map included)

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Ronda had been on my bucket list for several years! The images I saw looked like something out of a movie set and the expectations were high. And you know what? Visiting Ronda was totally amazing and surpassed any expectations I had 😊. So, keep reading to find out what you can visit in Ronda.

Ronda What to visit New Brigde
Views from Ronda’s New Bridge Viewpoint

Located in the Andalusia region and belonging to the province of Málaga, Ronda should be a mandatory stop on a road trip through the Andalusia region.

Ronda What to visit Socorro Square
Socorro Square

Ronda is also one of the famous Pueblos Blancos in this Spanish region! The pueblos blancos are mostly located in the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga and are actually small villages or towns known for their white houses. Although these pueblos are usually located in more remote places, don’t be fooled: tourism has already reached many of them!

Ronda What to visit Alameda Tajo
Views from Alameda do Tajo

This way, I invite you to keep reading to find out what you can visit in Ronda – one of the most beautiful pueblos blancos in Andalusia.

💡 EXTRA TIP: Are you going to be in the Andalusia region and want to get to know some more pueblos blancos? Then enjoy this list of pueblos blancos that you can’t miss in Andalusia 😊

What is the best time of the year to visit Ronda?

Ronda is beautiful all year round, and any time is a good time to visit this pueblo blanco. With a Mediterranean climate, the temperatures in Ronda will always be pleasant to visit! However, June to September are the warmest months (also the most crowded), January the coldest and November the rainiest.

Ronda What to visit Mondragon Palace
Parcent Duchess Square

So, to make the most of your visit (more hours of sunshine and less chance of rain), I suggest visiting in summer, ideally early June and late September to get away from the tourist crowds! Alternatively, in spring despite more modest temperatures, you’ll find a greener and more flowery Ronda 😊

Ronda What to visit Viewpoint

How many days do you need to visit Ronda?

Ronda is relatively small, so 1 day should be enough to visit its main sights. Nevertheless, if you enjoy a more relaxed type of travel, then I suggest adding another day to your itinerary.

How to get to Ronda?

Ronda is not that close to any major Spanish city, so the ideal solution is really to get there by car. However, this is by no means the only option and there are trains and/or buses available from Seville, Málaga, Cádiz and Córdoba:

  • Bus Seville – Ronda: departure from Prado De San Sebastian station, duration approx. 2h30 (operated by Avanza Grupo; price starts at 9€)
  • Train Seville – Ronda: departure from Seville-Santa Justa station towards Antequera-Santa Ana and from there we change to another train towards Ronda (journey takes 3h30 and costs about 30€ through RENFE)
  • Bus Málaga – Ronda: the trip takes about 2h45 min and is provided by Avanza Grupo (prices around 10-12€)
  • Train Málaga – Ronda: departure from Málaga Maria Zambrano station in the direction of Antequera-Santa Ana and from there we change to another train in the direction of Ronda (journey takes 2h30 and costs approximately 30€ through RENFE)
  • Bus Cádiz-Ronda: the trip takes about 3h15 and costs about 20€ (by Transportes Comes)
  • Train Córdoba – Ronda: journey takes about 1h50 and is direct from Córdoba-Central station (operated by RENFE; costs between 15€-20€)

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Accommodation in Ronda

I chose to stay overnight in Ronda as it made sense on my road trip 😊 I chose a fairly simple accommodation without any big luxuries, but more than enough to rest at the end of a busy day. 

I chose Hotel Andalucia! You can take advantage of the hotel cafeteria for a very affordable breakfast, and it is also quite easy to find free parking nearby. Furthermore, the hotel is a 10/15 minute walk from the historical centre.

However, I leave you with other suggestions that also seemed interesting:

Activities & tours in Ronda

What to visit in Ronda?

» Alameda del Tajo de Ronda

Dating back to the 19th century, this park was previously known as La Alameda de San Carlos. A walk in this park is a real must on a trip to Ronda, especially at the end of the day. Take advantage of one of the many balconies in the park to watch a beautiful sunset with views of Serranía de Ronda 😊

Ronda What to visit Alameda Tajo
Ronda What to visit Alameda Tajo
Views from Alameda do Tajo

Right next to the park, you can also take the opportunity to visit the La Merced Church. The church is open every day from 10.15 am to 1.15 pm and then from 4.45 pm to 6.45 pm.

Ronda What to visit La Merced Church
La Merced Church

It is also next to the Alameda del Tajo that Plaza de Toros de Ronda is located. Spain is a country where the culture of bullfighting is quite deep-rooted and Ronda is even known for the Real Maestranza de Caballería, one of the oldest riding orders in Spain.

» Socorro Square (Plaza del Socorro)

Plaza del Socorro is another of the city’s emblematic places worth visiting. The square has historical importance for the Andalusian region, as it was here that Blas Infante – an important Andalusian figure – unfurled the flag of Andalusia in 1918, bringing more autonomy to the Andalusian parliament.

Ronda What to visit Socorro Square

In this square, it is also worth mentioning the statue of Hercules with two lions at his side and also the Church of Nossa Senhora do Socorro, built only in 1956.

Ronda What to visit Socorro Square

» Viewpoints

Ronda is really idyllic and so there’s no lack of incredible viewpoints from which you can take some of the best photos, including that one of the famous Ronda bridge 😊 There are more viewpoints besides these, but here’s a short list of the ones you really can’t miss:

  • Parador Nacional de Ronda Viewpoint
  • Aldehuela Viewpoint
  • Cuenca Viewpoint
  • Ronda’s New Bridge Viewpoint (near Plaza de María Auxiliadora)
Ronda What to visit New Brigde
Views from Ronda’s New Bridge Viewpoint
Ronda What to visit Viewpoint
View from Parador de Ronda viewpoint

» New Bridge

The New Bridge is the most famous place in Ronda and it’s probably the most photogenic place in the city. This is the newest of 3 bridges in Ronda and is also the widest. The bridge started to be built in 1735, but eventually collapsed a few years after it was built. Thus, the bridge would only be built later in 1759, being completed in 1793.

Ronda What to visit New Brigde

The bridge connects the historic centre of Ronda with the newest part of the city – Mercadillo and is indeed a truly impressive construction.

Ronda What to visit New Brigde

💡 EXTRA TIP: For the best photos of the bridge (seen from afar and below), you should visit Ronda’s New Bridge Viewpoint, which is accessible from Plaza de María Auxiliadora. During rainy months, from here, we can also observe the waterfall that forms below the bridge.

» Mondragón Palace

Also known as the Palace of the Marquis of Villasierra, it is estimated that this palace was the residence of important figures at the time of the Muslim occupation. However, there are currently few traces of those times, as the palace has been modified over the years. This is where the Ronda Municipal Museum is currently located.

💡 EXTRA TIP: To visit the inside of the Palace and the Museum, you have to pay a symbolic fee of 3€, but admission is free on Wednesdays. You can consult the most up-to-date information on opening hours here.

» Parcent Duchess Square (Plaza Duquesa de Parcent)

Plaza Duquesa de Parcent is another place to visit in Ronda. Despite the small size of the square, it is one of the most important places in Ronda and where we can find other monuments such as the Town Hall and the Church of Santa Maria Maior, built on the site where there used to be a mosque.

Ronda What to visit Mondragon Palace

» Holy Spirit Church

The Church of the Holy Spirit was built at the time of the reconquest of the city of Ronda from the Muslims. It was completed in the 15th century and was built over an ancient Mosque.

Ronda What to visit Holy Spirit Church

» Almocábar Gate

Next to the Church of the Holy Spirit, we can observe what used to be one of the largest entrances to the walled city of Ronda – the Almocábar Gate.

Ronda What to visit Almocabar Gate

» Arab Bridge / Roman Bridge

The Arab Bridge is probably the oldest bridge in Ronda and was even built on the site where there was a bridge during the Roman Empire (hence it is also known as the Roman Bridge). Currently, it serves no purpose and can be visited or viewed from the other bridge – Old Bridge.

Ronda What to visit Roman Brigde

» Old Bridge

The Old Bridge also passes over the Guadalevín River and was built in 1616 and it is only pedestrian. Next to this bridge, you can also see Felipe V Arch – an old entrance to the city.

Ronda What to visit Old Brigde
Ronda What to visit Old Brigde

» Cuenca Gardens

Located by the cliffs of the El Tajo gorge, these gardens, created in 1975, offer some of the best possible views in Ronda.

Ronda What to visit Viewpoint
Cuenca Gardens on the left

» Arab Baths

Although I didn’t have the opportunity to visit, this is also one of the most popular tourist activities in Ronda. The Arab Baths are open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and on other days from 10 am to 3 pm, and admission costs 3,5€.

💡 EXTRA TIP: Visits are free on Tuesdays from 3 to 5.30 pm.

Restaurants in Ronda

I only had the opportunity to visit one restaurant in Ronda and I was not disappointed. Despite the higher prices, Tropicana restaurant offers a wide selection of well-prepared dishes with a more gourmet touch, which can be eaten on their own or shared (as tapas).

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I am Mariana from Porto, Portugal. I am truly passionate about traveling and all things travel related. And that’s exactly what led me to create this page: so I can inspire others to travel and help plan all those trips with my tips and itineraries.





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