Enter Ronda on the Puente Nuevo[/caption]What is it about Ronda? I’ve been there more times than I can remember yet still feel excited every time I return. Maybe it’s the beautiful drive through the Serranía de Ronda to get there, or maybe it’s the blue sky that always seems to accompany my visits combined with the warm sun shining on the ancient, white washed buildings of the old town. Maybe it’s the sight of the Parador hotel standing high above the Tajo gorge as you approach the Puente Nuevo or is it the sight of the Plaza de Toros where Pedro Romero picked up his cape to take on the bull and became the father of modern bullfighting? I don’t know. I guess it’s a combination of all those things and a lot more.
Whilst the general architecture and atmosphere of Ronda announces its Moorish past, it’s the Iglesia de Santa María de la Encarnación la Mayor in Plaza Duquesa de Parcent that bears the clearest testament to that era. As is typical throughout Andalucia, this church was built on the site of a former mosque whilst retaining many characteristics of the original building. Another Moorish site of note are the 13th century Arab baths which are probably the best preserved in the country. They lie just a few minutes walk beyond the amazing Enfrente Arte hotel which is one of my two favourite places to stay in Ronda along with the Parador.
When to Visit
Whilst Ronda gets more than its fair share of blue sky days all year round be prepared for some very cold days up here in the mountains during the winter months. Spring tends to be mild and dry whilst summer temperatures are usually very pleasant. In terms of events the big celebration of the year is the Feria de Pedro Romero during the first week of September when locals dress in typical 18th century Goyesque costumes.
Day Excursions to Ronda from the Costa del Sol
There are daily excursions from all the main resorts along the Costa del Sol travelling by luxury, air-conditioned coach. Alternatively, you can hire a private driver and guide. These trips allow you to enjoy a sightseeing tour of all the main sights, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then spend some free time looking around before returning to your hotel on the coast.
Coach Excursion to Ronda from the Costa del Sol
(Tour Reference Nº: 1321)
Book Private Excursion to Malaga, Mijas and Ronda
(Tour Reference Nº: 1240)