Are you staying at Hotel Alavera de los Baños, and aren’t sure what to do in Ronda? Don’t worry, there are many things to do, even almost right on the doorstep of the hotel, just read on to find out!
The Arab Baths in Ronda are a very important monument, and definitely worth a visit as they are only a few minutes from the hotel, amongst other reasons. They give us an insight into the Arab population that occupied the town, who built the Baths around the 12th century. You will notice that beside the entrance to the Baths there are the remains of an ancient mosque, and this is because the Arab population were Muslim. They used the Baths to cleanse and purify their bodies before entering the mosque to worship. When you enter the site, you will be above the Baths, and notice that they were built partially underground so they could have better control of the temperatures. The architecture of the Arab Baths is beautiful, and features rounded columns supporting arched ceilings, with star shaped skylights – all typical characteristics of Arab architecture. As you go through the different chambers, you will learn about the different temperatures in each room, starting with the cool room, and ending with the hot chamber which features a furnace to heat the water sourced from a stream outside. Once you are done inside the Baths, you can take a stroll around the gardens and enjoy the beautiful Andalusian sun!
If, after visiting the Arab Baths, you wish to relax in a spa yourself, don’t worry, just 5 minutes away from the old baths is the Hammam Aguas de Ronda. The spa is designed in the style of the traditional Moorish baths, but has of course been updated to provide relaxing and refreshing services to the locals and travellers alike. The Aguas de Ronda have a steam room, a sauna, hot and cool baths, and even salt baths outside which are ideal during the months of spring and summer. They also offer a wide range of massages and facials, and have their own tearoom and restaurant. It is the perfect place to relax in Ronda, and despite having all of the features of a modern-day spa, still has interesting architecture that makes you feel connected with the history of the city.
When looking for somewhere to eat during your stay at Alavera de los Baños, you need look no further than Casa Clemente. Located just minutes away from the hotel, there is no need to travel up into the center of Ronda to dine out. Casa Clemente prides themselves on cooking with the “flavour of tradition”, so you will find dishes that are very typical to the region. The restaurant is always full of locals, which is a great indicator of a good menu. They offer a wide range of delicious and traditional dishes, from tapas to bigger main dishes, with a variety of succulent meats and fresh vegetables, so there is something for everyone. Furthermore, through the weekdays they offer menus with starters, mains and desserts at special prices! Another attraction of Casa Clemente is its location, away from the streets crowded with tourists in the city center. It has views over the countryside and mountains that surround Ronda, and is the perfect place to sit out on the terrace during the summer months. If you would like more restaurant recommendations, you can download this Ronda map to discover the local’s favourite spots.
If you don’t know what to do in Ronda to immerse yourself in the history and culture of Ronda, the Alavera de los Baños is perfectly located for exploring the old town. If you walk in the direction of the Arab Baths, and take the steps to the left, you will find yourself beside the Puente Viejo, one of the two spectacular bridges in the city. Built in the 16th century, it was once the only connection between the two sides of Ronda that are split by the Guadalevín River, but after the completion of the Puente Nuevo, now mostly carries pedestrian traffic. It has views over the stunning gorge, and also of the Puente Nuevo. From here, you can walk up the hill towards the Arch of Felipe V, and you will find yourself inside the city walls of the old town. You can discover all of the hidden corners and winding streets of the old quarter, and you will come across many museums and artisan shops where you can learn about the history and traditions of Ronda. If you would like a more informed trip through the old town, there are many guided tours of Ronda available to choose from.
In conclusion, the beautiful, peaceful location of the Alavera de los Baños is the perfect place to stay during your trip, and there are many things to do on the doorstep if you aren’t sure what to do in Ronda. You can explore the history and culture of the old town by visiting the Arab Baths or the Puente Viejo, relax in the Aguas de Ronda and dine at the delicious restaurant Casa Clemente. And remember that no matter where you’re staying in Ronda, it is a small, historic city so everything you need is within walking distance!