Just a short 40-minute drive from the Costa del Sol lies the town of Ronda, also known as Ciudad del Tajo or Ciudad Soñada, that is, City of the Cliff or City of Dreams. Ronda enjoys an incomparable location, situated as it is on the edges of a 100-metre tall abyss. It’s the gorge of the river Guadalevín that splits the town into the modern part and the old city, where we come across many a historic monument such as the Arab baths, and a maze of narrow, cobbled alleys. The modern part of the town, on the other hand, is home to other appealing sites such as the Alameda del Tajo (or the Cliff Park), with its most renowned balcony, nicknamed balcony of surprise, or the historical Real Maestranza de Caballería (Royal School of Cavalry), in charge of Ronda’s magnificent bullring, whose 66-metre diameter surrounded by two stone rings makes it the largest worldwide.
The Puente Nuevo (New Bridge), over the river Guadalevín, bridges the gap between both parts of the city.
What to see / What to do
There are countless tourists who travel to the south of Spain to visit beautiful cities like Seville, Cordoba or Granada, and who wouldn’t dare miss the chance of visiting Ronda.
Ronda’s Puente Nuevo has taken the 9th place on TripAdvisor within the category “what to do in Andalusia”.Among its main monuments and most visited sites in Ronda, one can find the following: Puente Nuevo, the Bullring, the Alameda del Tajo (the Cliff Park), the Arab baths, the Murallas (the City Walls) and the Almocábar gate, the Carmen City Walls, Mondragón Palace, the Iglesia Mayor (Main Church)…
What to eat
One cannot visit Ronda without trying some of its traditional dishes, such as the exquisite oxtail stew together with Ronda’s famous wines, which come from over 20 different wineries. You shouldn’t leave Ronda either without a box of Yemas del Tajo (egg-yolk sweetmeats), another popular product from the area.
Last, but not least, if you are a nature lover, Ronda offers a great deal in terms of outdoor and adventure activities. The Serranía, Ronda’s mountain range, harbours numerous trekking routes, both around the town and just 10 kilometres away, which is the distance between the town centre and the natural park Sierra de las Nieves (the Snowy Mountain Range). On those routes and paths you will catch sight of impressive scenery and some of the cities that lie by the Mediterranean Sea, such as Marbella, Estepona or Puerto Banus. You can also enjoy a variety of adventure sports, such as canyoning, speleology, via ferratas, climbing, bungee jumping, or buggy outings, among others.
How to get here
Ronda is only a one-hour drive from the main Andalusian airports of Malaga (AGP) and Seville (SVQ). And if you are visiting a town on the Costa del Sol like Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella or Estepona, you can reach this beautiful town in less than an hour by car or bus.