Perched on El Tajo canyon, Ronda is set on one of Spain’s most dramatic landscapes and possesses a rich history documented by ancient rock paintings, towering stone bridges, and 14th-century ruins. Today, the city’s dramatic cliffs, local wineries, and rustic charm make it an ideal mountain getaway or day trip destination.
As one of Andalucia’s most beautiful and accessible white hill towns, or pueblos blancos, Ronda is a popular day trip from the region’s bigger cities—Malaga, Seville, and even the coastal towns of Marbella and Gibraltar. Travelers can visit partially intact 14th-century Arabic baths beneath the city, stroll through the Islamic Old Town, enjoy fine local wines, and photograph stunning mountain vistas. A typical guided tour to the city often includes visits to El Tajo canyon, Puente Nuevo bridge, and Plaza de Toros de Ronda (Spain’s oldest bullring). It’s also possible to combine a visit to Ronda with stops at some of the area’s other villages, such as the lovely medieval town of Grazalema.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Ronda is a must-see for history buffs, photographers, and couples.
- Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces.
- Shade is hard to find in Ronda; don’t forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
- Day trips to Ronda from other destinations in Andalusia and the Costa del Sol last between six and 11 hours.
How to Get There
Ronda is located in southern Spain, roughly two hours by road from Seville. Daily trains connect Ronda to Granada, Malaga, and Madrid, and take between two and five hours. There are also multiple daily buses from Seville, Malaga, and Marbella.
When to Get There
Ronda’s position in the mountains gives it a slightly cooler climate than the rest of Andalusia, but summer temperatures still regularly top 100°F (38°C). September travelers can experience two of Spain’s most popular festivals: Feria de Pedro Romero and Corridas Goyescas.
How to Get the Best Photos of Puente Nuevo
Ronda’s iconic bridge can be difficult to capture on film from the town itself. Hike down to the bottom of the gorge for stellar shots of the bridge and neighboring Parador de Ronda hotel.