Ronda is one of the most ancient towns in Spain. Its origins go back to the Neolithic, according to the archaeological discoveries made in the old quarter. However, human presence in these lands is more previous. There are many proofs about that human presence like some beds in caves; one of them is the Cave of la Pileta, because it is one of the best examples in the cave painting of the Palaeolithic in Andalucía.
Ronda is located in the north-western area of Andalucía and on a gully of 120 meters in depth.
It is in the north of the region, among the Nature Reserves Sierra de las Nieves, Grazalema and Los Alcornocales. The city center is located at a height of 740 meters above sea level and it is 113 kilometers from the capital. The area has an annual average rainfall is 650 l/m2 and the mean temperature is 15º C
In Ronda we can admire a huge number of monuments and enjoy its festivals but we can also enjoy its gastronomy in all the restaurants of the area. You also find suitable lodgings for all needs.
Like Ronda is located in Serranía de Ronda, its landscape and natural environment is ideal to go on trips or to play sports.
Avenue of Tajo
Minaret of San Sebastián
Arch of Felipe V
Town Hall (Casa Consistorial)
House of San Juan Bosco
House of the Giant (Casa del Gigante)
House of Moorish King (Casa del Rey Moro)
Convent of Santa Isabel de los Ángeles
Convent of la Caridad o Hermanas de la Cruz
Convent of Madre de Dios
Convent of Franciscanas
Convent of San Francisco
Convent of Santo Domingo
Cave Church of Our Lady of La Cabeza
Sculpture of the Giant in Ronda (Escultura del Gigante de Ronda)
Fountain of the Eight Spouts
Church Convent of la Merced
Church of Ntra. Sra. de la Paz
Church of Our Father Jesus
Parish Church of Santa Cecilia
María Auxiliadora Church
Church of Santa María la Mayor
Church of Espiritu Santo
Walls of La Cijara
Palace of Mondragón
Palace of Marques de Salvatierra
Bullring (Plaza de Toros)
Arab Bridge (Puente Árabe)
Bridge of Curtiderías
Old Bridge (Puente Viejo)
Door of Carlos V
Acinipo Archaeological Site
Ruins of the Alcazaba
Shrine of Virgen de los Dolores (Templete de la Virgen de los Dolores)
Gastronomy of Ronda
Ronda has a huge gastronomic tradition, among its dishes we can find hunting dishes, rondeña’s pumpkins, fried breadcrumbs with hard pork sausage, porridges, beans with tomato, garlic and ham, kidney beans with blood sausage, almonds and artichokes soups, gazpacho in serrana style, omelet in rondeña style, lamb stew, etc.
In relation to the confectionery Yemas del Tajo (Yolks of Tajo) and the sweets of the nuns that are cooked in the convents of the city are very famous.
How to get there
From Costa del Sol there are three access roads to Ronda. One of them starts from Málaga, where you have to take the Motorway A-357 towards Campillos. When you have left behind the village of Ardales, off six kilometers, you have to Access to the Motorway A-367 that, after crossing Cuevas del Becerro, it leads to Ronda.
Another Access road starts from San Pedro de Alcántara. In AP-7 (N-340) starts the road A-376, which you have to follow until you arrive to Ciudad del Tajo. This is the most employed access for those who start from the western part of Costa del Sol Occidental. This is a road that is in good condition, but it has curves and a beauty landscape.
Finally, from Manilva, and through AP-7 (N-340), you connect with A-377 to Gaucín. In this village you have to access the Motorway -369, which connects with the Motorway A-376 only three kilometers before arriving to Ronda.
Por tren vía Algeciras – Bobadilla
Distances from Ronda
Marbella 61 km
Málaga 117 km
Cádiz 149 km
Sevilla 136 km
Olvera 34 km
Antequera 86 km
Puente Nuevo (18th Century) – New Bridge
Ronda´s most remarkable landmark was completed in 1793 by the architect J. Martín de Aldehuela. This 98m high bridge joins the Mercadillo district with the Old district of the city.
There is an exhibition chamber or visitors centre inside, showing how the bridge was built.
Joaquín Peinado Museum / Marqueses de Moctezuma Palace
Joaquín Peinado museum belongs to Unicaja Foundation and is located at Moctezuma Palace.
Joaquín Peinado born in Ronda in 1898, was a follower of Cèzanne and spiritual son of Picasso, and is considered as the most elegant painte of the so-called “Spanish school” of Paris.
The different creative stages in the painter´s life, from 1923, can be appreciated by walking through the rooms of this museum which keeps more than 190 paintings (completely unknown drawings, watercolors, oil painting and graphic works).
Casa Palacio Nazarí “El Gigante”
The Casa del Gigante (Giant´s House) is one of the best-preserved Nasrid mansions outside of Granada and the Malghrib and like all Islamic palatial houses, it is built around a central courtyard or patio with a water tank. The palace still maintains the original entrance to the house, that leads to the portico and the northern hall profusely decorated with pasterwork (arabesques, cursive inscriptions and other vegetal motifs).
A highlight would be the magnificent polychrome wooden coffered ceiling. It is a must see!
Lara Museum is located in the Palatial House of the Count of the Conquest of Batanes Islands. It is the first private museum in Spain where there is a collection of different fields such as communication, arts, archaeology or science that takes the visitor on a journey through history. There are different rooms and exhibitions: Clocks and watches (18th century), weaponry (17th century), scientific instruments, archaeology, wine cellar (18th century), knives and blunderbuss collection, bullfighting, history of cinema and photography. The exhibitions on witchcraft and the Spanish Inqusition (torture devices) can also be visited.