Ronda (Spain) is a city located in the southern part of the country in the province of Malaga. The city is remote inland in a mountainous area at an altitude of about 750 m above sea level. The nearest coastal point, San Pedro Alcantara, is 50 km away. And 63 km southeast of Ronda is the famous resort of Marbella. From Malaga, it will take at least 1.5-2 hours to get to the town (distance 104 km).
You can also get there by bus or by taxi. And the best option is to rent a car, in particular from Gowerla M Rentacar, by booking a car in advance on gowerla-rentacar.com. A trip by car along mountain roads will allow you to fully enjoy the unforgettable mountain landscapes. You will be able to take unique photos by stopping at specially equipped viewing platforms along the entire route.
The first mention of a city called Arunda dates back to the 6th century BC. and are directly related to the Celtic tribes. Throughout its centuries-old existence, Ronda managed to be in the hands of the Greeks, Romans and Arabs. But in the 15th century, the rulers of Castile managed to conquer the city from the Arabs, after which its modern formation began.
Attractions in Ronda
It is always interesting to visit tourist cities that do not skimp on attractions. And Ronda in this matter can be a real discovery for lovers of versatile excursions.
Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) – an impressive stone bridge, one of the symbols of Ronda. It was built at the end of the 18th century and connected the Mercadillo area and the old city. From the bridge, almost 100 meters high, offers a beautiful view of the El Tajo Gorge.
The Tahoe Balcony, located right on the edge of the abyss in the new part of the city, offers breathtaking views of the valleys.
The city is an old Moorish town with historic squares, narrow streets and charming old houses. This is the heart and soul of Ronda, which combines the atmosphere of an ancient Arab city and medieval Spain. On the picturesque square of Duquesa-de-Parcent is the ancient church of Santa Maria la Mayor, which was built on the site of a former mosque. The church has preserved four Moorish domes, but the interior is made in the Gothic style. To the west of the cathedral, on the edge of the plateau, is the Palacio de Mondragón. This is a beautiful Moorish and Renaissance style palace. On Armiñán Street there is a museum of bandits that illustrates their history from the 19th century. Bandits lived in the mountains surrounding Ronda.
Plaza de Toros is one of the oldest bullrings in Spain. It was built in 1785. It is a monumental structure with an arena of 66 square meters and two tiers of arcade galleries for seating spectators. Ronda was the birthplace of the Romero dynasty – the matadors who developed the modern bullfight.
Arab baths – thermal baths of the 13th-15th century. Considered to be the best preserved Moorish baths in Spain. The baths were built along the Arroyo de las Culebras, a spring water source that has a perfectly preserved waterwheel from the Moorish period. Like the ancient Roman baths, the complex has cold, warm and hot baths.
Casa del Rey Moro or the home of the Moorish kings is an 18th century palace built on the site of a medieval well. There is a beautiful terraced garden.
The palace was never home to Moorish rulers.
Socorro – church and square in Ronda.
The church was built in 1956. Previously, there was a Christian chapel and a hospital. There is a fountain in the center of the square.
Of the old city fortifications, the Almocabar gates, located in the southern part of the historical center, are well preserved. They were built in the 13th century and restored by Charles V.
Arch of Philip V – consists of a single vaulted masonry arch with three peaks on top and decorated with the coats of arms of the Anjou family.
Having visited Ronda, going around all its sights and driving around its surroundings in a car rented from Gowerla M Rentacar, you will gain wonderful impressions and positive emotions for many days to come!