Come and visit Ronda and the surrounding areas, or plan your itinerary around the most popular sites, and some of the lesser known things to do. Ronda is much more than the bullring and new bridge (Puente Nuevo). There are also the Arab Baths, the Water Mine, the Mondragon Palace, and outside the city, the Cueva de la Pileta, or the Dolmen structures at Antequera. Further afield are the beaches of the Costa del Sol, Sevilla’s cathedral and palace, or Cordoba and the Mezquita. And of course for discovering the beautiful Sierra de Grazalema have a look at Wildside Holidays – Grazalema
Ronda can sometimes be a difficult little city to drive around for the uninitiated, especially if you’ are driving a large SUV or motor home, and if you’re towing a caravan don’t even think about entering the city centre, instead park in one of the outlying streets and then walk into the centre.
Most hotels have their own parking and if not at the very least a temporary parking bay so that you can unload any luggage and the staff will then direct you to the nearest parking.
A few kilometres from Ronda, just outside the white village of Benaojan lies one of the most spectacular cave systems in Spain, and in the mouth of one, several galleries of cave paintings that are as old as 30,000 years, and were created by paleolithic people of Ronda before the last great ice age. Best of all, the caves are open to the public with a local tour guide to explain the significance of the artwork.
(Plaza Socorro in Ronda was remodeled in 2019 with a new fountain and the statue of hercules moved closer to the old Casino on the same Plaza.)
Visitors to Ronda are often very confused as to why our central plaza Socorro features a statue of a semi-naked man with two lions by his side and a couple of pillars behind him. What is their significance?
The answer lies in Andalusian nationalism and one of the most important events in recent Andalusian political history, the Assembly of Ronda in 1918 when the father of Andalusian nationalism, Blas Infante, unfurled the flag and symbols of Andalusia whilst standing on the first floor balcony of the ‘Circulo de Artistas’; the building directly behind the fountain with red CA lettering above the windows. Continue reading Andalusia, Plaza del Socorro and Blas Infante→
Nestled under the mountain that gives the village its name, Zahara de la Sierra is one of the pueblos blancos of Cadiz province, and is only 30 minutes drive from Ronda, or an hour from Jerez de la Frontera. Completely within the Grazalema Natural Park, and with the district’s largest lake at its base, as well as the beginnings of the Garganta Verde walk just outside the village, Zahara is rightly quite central to experiencing the Sierra de Cadiz.
Arriving in the village you are immediately struck by the sight of the fortress tower sitting on a narrow plateau at the top of the mountain rocks, and the white buildings wrapped around the mountain base which makes Zahara a popular village to photograph from afar with some of the best views being at the southern end of the lake on a clear blue sky day.
Sometimes it is easy to forget how inspiring the Ronda bridge on the Tajo gorge actually is. It’s photographed from the air, from below. It’s painted by artists from all over the world, used in films, TV adverts and adored by the people of Ronda.
Recently, a family of architects and engineers from Russia (Moscow) visited Ronda for the second time. They love Spain and especially the city of Ronda and the bridge “hovering over the abyss” made a great impression on them and their son Valentine. So much so that he decided to study the history of the Puente Nuevo and make an architectural model.
The whole family helped build the model out of Cardboard and paper and Valentine took part in a model competition and also gave a speech at the research school conference telling the audience the history of the bridge in Ronda and about the city itself
I am so pleased to know, that the amazing bridge and beautiful city of Ronda stll inspires young people like Valentine to discover and learn!
If you are staying anywhere on the Costa del Sol such as Malaga, Marbella, Estepona, Fuengirola, Benalmadena etc then a good option for visiting Ronda is with Costa Excursions. Read on for information about this fantastic guided trip to Ronda.
Ronda Tour Overview
This classic day trip from the Costa del Sol is a tour to the beautiful and historic city of Ronda. Perched on a buttress of rock and surrounded by the high peaks of the nearby Sierras, the town is divided in two by the El Tajo gorge, and its two halves connected by the famous “Puente Nuevo”. Ronda is a city of stunning views, due to its mix of natural beauty, being surrounded by the rugged limestone peaks of surrounding natural parks, its beguiling labyrinth of streets, impressive palaces, mansions and churches and convents as well as thousands of years of history and culture.
Experienced and friendly guides will show you the best views, the most interesting corners, the most beautiful gardens and buildings enabling you to truly experience the best of this stunning city and also to enjoy some of the best tapas the area has to offer!
This Ronda day trip is a fantastic day in the heart of Andalucía and an unforgettable experience. The Ronda tour as with all the day trips and excursions organised by Costa Excursions are private tours, meaning that you get a unique and intimate experience and can enjoy the day at your own pace.
About Costa Excursions
Running since 2016 and offering unique private experiences for those who like to consider a trip as an opportunity for personal enrichment, adventure and a chance to experience the Spanish culture in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
A family-run business run by brothers in law Thomas Liedtke and Peter Fischer who take customer service seriously.
Your own private tour guide with pick up & drop from anywhere on the Costa del Sol – Malaga, Fuengirola, Marbella, Estepona etc