Bucket List: Top 15 Best Things to do in Ronda, Spain
Ronda Bucket List: Best Activities and Amazing Places to Visit in Ronda, Spain
Ronda is a beautiful city filled with rich culture, tradition, and even historical monuments that just makes Ronda a must-visit destination!
The city of Ronda is considered to be one of the most majestic places to visit in Spain! You can find tons of historical and traditional things in Ronda, even dating back to the early 1700s!
In this article, we’re going to show you 15 of the best things to do in the city of Ronda!
1. See the majestic Puente Nuevo!
The Puente Nuevo, also known as the “New Bridge,” is one of the most famous attractions to visit in Ronda! The 227-year-old arch stone bridge (built in 1793) provides a very incredible view of the surrounding valleys for locals and tourists to see. One might even say that the view is “mesmerizing”!
The bridge was designed by the architect José Martin de Aldehuela and built by Juan Antonio Díaz Machuca. In fact, the one present today is a replacement for the first one, which lasted for only six years before collapsing, causing the deaths of 50 individuals. Construction started around 1759, and it took nearly 40 years to finish the bridge.
The stone bridge also had a small stone chamber located in the middle, used as a prison throughout the 19th century and Spain’s civil war. The prison has been turned into a museum where it exhibits the stone bridge’s history, the prison, and how it all came to be. The entrance fee to the chamber last checked was €2.
The Puente Nuevo is one historical monument you should definitely see in the city!
2. See the Plaza del Toros (The Bullring)
Now after the Puente Nuevo is a short walk to Ronda’s neoclassical Plaza del Toros. The Plaza del Toros or “The Bullring” is considered to be one of the largest and oldest bullrings in Spain. The bullring was also built by the same architect of the Puente Nuevo, it was built by architect José Martin de Aldehuela in 1785.
The Plaza del Toros is also considered to be the birthplace and home of modern-day bullfighting. It is said that Spain’s first-ever corrida de Toros (bullfight) took place here. Francis Romero, a significant Spanish matador, born in Ronda in 1695, is credited as the founding father of the bullfighting dynasty and giving bullfighting its modern-day rules with the cape’s introduction and muleta. Pedro Romero (1754-1839) became one of Spain’s greatest bullfighters and considered a key figure in bullfighting history. Pedro founded the Ronda School for Bullfighting, it is still known today for its classicism and strict adherence to the rules.
The ring can hold up to 5,000 spectators, and underneath the seats lies the story of the Real Maestranza de Ronda, the Museo Taurino (Bullfighting Museum), and the Royal Harness Collection of the House of Orleans. The Museo Taurino holds two centuries of bullfighting history, bullfighting regalia, and important outfits.
The collection also includes a large number of weapons used by the Real Maestranza in the Spanish war. The museum is open all year round except the week of the Feria in September; the entry costs 7.00 € per person and 8.50 € with an audio-guide.
3. Go inside the Baños Arabes (Arab Baths)
Even dating back to the end of the 13th century, the Baños Arabes still hold in tremendous condition. Back then, the baths were used by the Moorish empire. The cold, warm, and hot rooms are all still intact but no longer in use, though locals and visitors can still visit the domed rooms with a gorgeous view of their star-shaped vents in the ceiling.
The baths are located near the old city walls, near the Puente Arabe, located in the old Arab quarter of the city, known as the San Miguel Quarter. It plays a huge part in the city’s Moorish heritage.
It is said to be one of the most important tourist attractions in Ronda, and some even argue it is more important than the unquestionably beautiful Puente Nuevo or Ronda’s other claim to fame, the Plaza de Toros. It is also one of the best-preserved baths in Spain. The entrance costs 3.75 € per person.
4. The Mondragón Palace
The elegant Palacio de Mondragón was originally built in 1314 by the Moorish King Abomelik. The Moorish palace served as a home to King Abomelik and then turned over to Seville’s distinguished family and later renovated in the 15th century. Today, it is home to the Municipal Museum in Ronda, where one can learn more about its history.
The palace has a grand view of the El Tojo gorge, and although some medieval elements are gone in the palace, the cliff-top setting and garden complex still show a feel of it. Inside the palace, you can see the coffered ceilings and the original geometric tiling stand out. The municipal museum exhibits can fill you in on this building’s exciting history and the town around it.
It is considered the most important Ronda monument due to its historical and archeological characteristics, with genuine Moorish features and decorations. The palace now shows the locals and tourists the history of the palace and the city. The entrance fee costs around 3.75€ per person and a free entry for EU citizens from 3 PM on Tuesdays.
5. Take a stroll at the Alameda del Tajo
Take a stroll out to the Alameda del Tajo, a public park that has been around since the 19th century. The park looks somewhat like a front garden for the town which has tree-lined promenades and various other mature trees typical in ornamental gardening in the Málaga province, notably the Himalayan cedar and acacia pine, as well as more commonplace pines and, around its fountains, pergolas twined with roses hymned by James Joyce in Finnegans Wake.
The park also offers a panoramic view of the Tajo gorge. Many local families head there for the paseo (evening stroll).
6. Visit the La Casa del Rey Moro
The La Casa del Rey Moro or Home of the Moorish King, first of all, was never actually the home of any Moorish kings, as it was only built in 1709. The monument now serves as a heritage museum in Ronda and has 3 key figures in it.
The 14th-century water mine, which was used as a water supply for Ronda’s city, the neo-Mudejar house which is now being restored, and Jean Claude Nicolas Forestier’s serene hanging gardens surrounding the house which was created in 1912.
The place offers a beautiful scenery that goes way back in time and even the El Tajo gorge view. The place is located in the La Ciudad or “the old town” part of the city.
7. The Iglesia de Santa María La Mayor
Right after a 10-minute walk from the Puente Nuevo is the magnificent Catholic church, the Iglesia de Santa María la Mayor. This church was built in the 14th century as one of the city’s original Muslim mosques.
The church is also declared a national monument of the city and is one of Ronda’s biggest and most attractive churches. As it was built in the 14th century, the church shows different styles of architectural designs such as the Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic, and also Mannerist.
It is located on the main square in the old town (La Ciudad) of Ronda and with an entry fee of 4.50 € (audio guide included). The entrance is free for devotees and those residing in Ronda. All in all, the church is one place you should definitely see!
8. Visit the spooky Museo Lara
Just located across the Puente Nuevo is the spooky Museo Lara or locally known as the “The Palace of the Count of the Conquest of the Batanes Islands.” It lives up to its name as also being one of the city’s best museums.
This museum is very much different from your ordinary museum. It has tons of collections dedicated to antique scientific instruments, weaponry, cinema and photography, torture, and witchcraft-related items that you can’t see anywhere else!
This private collection is owned by none other than Juan Lara Jurado, who has been a collector since the age of 10. He bought the building in 1993 and opened the museum six years later. It is said that he still lives above the museum in his 80s. The entry fee is 4 € and 2 € for the se?iors.
9. Stand in the Coño Balconies
Overlooking the majestic El Tajo gorge is the Coño Balcony or better known as El Balcón del Coño. This balcony is just over the cliffside and provides a straight-down view that will make even the brave shudder from the view.
People usually stand on the balcony and scream the word “coño” in the English sense, saying “sh*t!” but the literal meaning is the female genitalia. Yes, it is considered acceptable to scream the word but only when you’re standing on the balcony. It is one of the reasons for its name.
The balcony is close to Alameda Park and is known to be one of the best places to marvel at the surrounding landscape.
10. The magnificent Jardines De Cuenca
The Jardines De Cuenca or Cuenca Gardens is a park where people can spend hours enjoying the beautiful view of the El Tajo gorge and the Puente Nuevo. It also has a winding staircase from the Puente Viejo to the top of the El Mercadillo (New Town).
Built in 1975, the garden has since been surrounded by ever-growing flowers, succulents, trees, palms, and cypruses. Many locals and tourists come here to have a picnic and is even said that the view is much better when visited in the early mornings or early evenings.
11. Go wine tasting!
The city of Ronda has been known to produce wine since Roman times. Up to this day, the city is still known to be one of Spain’s winemaking cities. Ronda has also been added to the official list of the Andalusian Wine Route. You can find many small bodegas that produce wine that is increasingly appreciated both nationally and internationally in the city.
The wine production area known as the Serranía de Ronda produces the popularly known “Ronda Wines.” There are many winemaking facilities in the city, and most of them offer a tour of their facilities, their wine production, and of course, wine tasting. You can find a list of the bodegas here.
12. Take a dip at the Cueva del Gato
Locally known as the “cat’s cave” due to the cave’s mouth being shaped like a cat’s face. This place is the best place to relax and just take a dip in the very clean and extremely cold water after a long day’s sightseeing in the city. The river pool is often found deeper into the depths of the Andalusian countryside.
Going to the place is very straightforward; you can just drive up there and park alongside the river. You can take two entrance ways to take the north in Hundidero or the usual one to the south in the Cueva del Gato. The entrance fee is 2 € per person, and the car parking is 1 €.
13. The Ruins of Acinipo
Sometimes referred to as Ronda La Vieja or “Old Ronda,” this historical landmark has been said to date back to the 1st century during the Roman empire. The ruins of Acinipo were once an ancient city said to have been founded by retired Roman soldiers more than 2,000 years ago.
Over 5,000 people in the 1st century built their homes here. The city also includes a Roman theater with its original architectural designs dating back to the 1st century.
The city shows many historical aspects, and the entrance is free!
14. Visit the Casa Don Bosco
Also, one of the main attractions of the city is the old house called Casa Don Bosco. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, the Casa Don Basco has been around for more than 100 years. The house was built in a modernist style and has one of the finest antique furniture in the city and has a garden facing the majestic El Tajo gorge.
It belonged to one of Ronda’s rich families and was given to the Salestian Priest to serve as a refuge for the sick and elderly. In 1931, it was announced as a historical monument. The entry fee is 2 € per person.
15. The El Tajo gorge
Last but not the least is the El Tajo Gorge. This is probably the main highlight of the city! It’s also considered one of the main reasons people worldwide come to see the gorge’s majestic view. It is 120 meters high, and it’s quite narrow, approximately 68 meters wide. The gorge was formed due to the constant erosion of the river Guadalevín.
The gorge also divides the city into two, the La Ciudad (Old Town) and the El Mercadillo (New Town). The Puente Nuevo bridge provides a great vantage point for people to appreciate the chasm’s massive view.
It was recently declared as a natural monument of Andalusia in 2019. Now, people from all around still see the monument, and some even take the challenge to hike down the chasm! It is also allowed to hike down the El Tajo to see a better view of it, and you can even walk alongside the banks of the river Guadelivin!
These are some of the best things you can do in Ronda! There are still many things to do in the beautiful city, and it’s just waiting for you! Book your trip and enjoy the city of Ronda!
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