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Ronda City Guide



The small town of Ronda is located in Málaga and has  35,000 inhabitants is the 3rd most visited place in Andalusia, and with good reason. Discover in this Ronda city guide the most interesting attractions in the city and the ways to make the most out of your visit to Ronda.

Ronda is straight out of a storybook. Ronda is perched high on a cliff and is divided in two by a canyon that runs through the town. The two halves are held together by an 18th century bridge.

Right at the edge of the sheer cliff that protected the town in less civilized times, you will also find one of the oldest and most storied bullfighting rings in all of Spain.  This little corner of Andalusia is a truly magical place. 

Our 3 top: hotels in Ronda

Catalonia Reina Victoria – 4 stars

The Catalonia Reina Victoria is elegant and features an outdoor pool, a spa and a beautiful garden. The feature also has a wondeful restaurant that enjoys panoramic views of the city. The Catalonia Reina Victoria is housed within a victorian estate built in 1906 where the german poet Rainer Maria Rilke lived.
Near the Mosque

Eurostars Azahar – Comfortable and attractive 4 star hotel in the historic city center of Córdoba

Beautiful and elegant hotel in the heart of Ronda that features an outdoor pool and spectacular views of the city. Few people can claim they have enjoyed a pool with views tothe oldest bullfighting ring in Spain!
historic locaction

Parador de Ronda

As most paradores, this one is located at a splendid building (the old city hall of Ronda) and offers breathtaking views of El Tajo and Puente Nuevo. This is a great hotel for all lovers of the Parador concept and staying at traditional buildings with character. Excellent location to visit the city of Ronda and get the most of your stay

Top Reasons To Visit Ronda

Breathtaking Scenery and the “Tajo”

Ronda is famous for its stunning natural beauty and dramatic landscapes. Located on a plateau in the mountains of the Sierra in the area of Pueblos Blancos, the city is built at the top of a high cliff and its famous bridge is built on a deep river gorge (called El Tajo). Cliffs, the river and its white houses create a true Andalusian picture!

Rich History and heritage

Ronda´s history dates back to Roman times (the Acinipo ruins located nearby are a great testimony of this past). As a visitor you will be able to explore historical sites like the Arab Baths, the ancient city walls, and the Mondragon Palace.


Ronda is renowned for its gastronomy and many charming restaurants, bars, and cafes scattered throughout the city are famous for their warm atmosphere. .Ronda and the Sierra nearby holds an important wine region “Sierras de Ronda” with very interesting projects and excellent wines.

Outdoor Activities and nearby villages

For outdoor enthusiasts is a greast place to enjoyhiking, rock climbing, and horseback riding. Ronda is an excellent base for exploring the Andalusian countryside and visiting nearby white villages such as Grazalema or Setenil de las Bodegas.

Most popular attractions in Ronda

Ronda and bulfighting

Ronda is home to one of the oldest bullfighting rings in Spain. Built in 1785, the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda is the birthplace of modern bullfighting. The legendary bull fighter Francisco Romero introduced the use of the Red cape or Muleta to bait the bull and also was the first to face the bull on foot instead of on horseback, which was customary back then. Today the ring can be visited and includes a great museum that chronicles the history of Bullfighting in Ronda.

Such is the alure of Ronda that it is Andalusia’s 3rd most visited city and it sparked the fascination of the likes of Ernest Hemmingway and Orson Wells who fell in love with the towns culture and its relationship with bull fighting.

Cayetano Ordoñez, one of Ronda’s mythical bull fighters was the inspiration for the character Pedro Romero in Hemmingway’s novel Fiesta or the sun also rises. Hemingway also wrote A dangerous summer inspired by the fierce rivalry between Cayetano’s son, Antonio and matador Luis Miguel Dominguín during the 1959-60 season.

Orson Wells felt great affection for Spain and Andalucía in particular. He filmed what he claimed was his favourite film in Spain, Chimes at Midnight and his un-released film Don Quijote is still considered one of the great unfinished films of all times. Wells also developed a strong friendship with the Ordoñez family and the film makers ashes, per his request, are buried in the back yard of the Ordoñez estate.

Ronda is a town brimming with tradition, culture and folklore, a magical little corner of southern Spain that is well worth a visit.

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