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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

Casa del Gigante

The House of the Giant, otherwise known as the Casa del Gigante in Ronda’s old city is one of the most complete examples of Nasrid architecture outside of Granada and definitely a destination that should be on your list of places to see in Ronda.

Located in a quiet plaza behind the Santa Maria La Mayor church, and directly across from the Museo Peinado, the Casa del Gigante is just 2 minutes walk from the Puente Nuevo and Plaza d’España, and not too far from the Mondragon Palace. A statue of Vincent Espinel is located directly in front of the entrance to the House of the Giant. The palace was already more than 100 years old at the time of the fall of Ronda to Ferdinand’s army in 1485 and apart from some redecorating in the 17th century is still largely complete as a Moorish building. Continue reading Casa del Gigante

A visit to the Ronda area, Nature, Coffee, Churros and Gazpacho!

Accommodation and Dining in Ronda and the Serranía

Visiting this beautiful corner of Spain is a great joy, and sure to be one of the best holidays a person could ever have. Located in the northwest of Málaga province, and bordering Cadíz province, the Serranía de Ronda is made up of Ronda, it’s largest town, and several white villages, known in Spanish as the Pueblos Blancos of the Serranía.

It is here that visitors will find history going back many thousands of years to the time of the neolithic peoples with their cave paintings and dolmen burial chambers, through to Phoenician, Roman, and Moorish civilisation prior to the Christian reconquest. Continue reading A visit to the Ronda area, Nature, Coffee, Churros and Gazpacho!

Michelle Obama Tour of Ronda

Michelle Obama, the wife of President Barrack Obama, and First Lady of the United States recently visited Ronda as part of a 5 day holiday in Spain, and Ronda Today is proud to provide her complete itinerary.

Arriving in Ronda, Mrs Obama first enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the Casgo Antiguo, Ronda’s old Moorish city, where she visited the Casa Don Bosco and admired their view of the Puente Nuevo, Ronda’s most iconic monument.

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Ronda’s Water Mine under the Casa del Rey Moro

Carved in the cliffs of the ‘El Tajo’ gorge is a surprising mine and fortress that dates back to the Moorish era when constant wars in Al-Andalus required the city governors to protect water supplies to the people and defenders.

The Water Mine was built during the reign of Ronda’s King Abomelic at the beginning of the 14th century, when Ronda was an independent Islamic kingdom on the frontline between the Christian north, and the newly developing Islamic Nazari Kingdom in Granada. To reach the water mine it is necessary to first enter the gardens of the House of the Moorish King.

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Puente Nuevo Closed to Traffic

From the end of January 2018, and for the foreseeable future, it is important to note that vehicle access across the Puente Nuevo is restricted… The bridge is CLOSED to traffic from 10am to 1:30pm. (except residents, authorised vehicles and hotels) So be warned if you are arriving in Ronda during these times and want to cross the bridge to get to the other side of Ronda (barrio San Fransisco for example)

IMPORTANT! iF YOU ARE ARRIVING STAYING IN A HOTEL ON THE OLD TOWN SIDE OF THE BRIDGE (NOT BARRIO SAN FRANCISCO THOUGH) YOU MAY CROSS THE BRIDGE IN A CAR DURING THE CLOSED TIMES BUT YOU MUST HAVE A PRINT OF YOUR HOTEL RESERVATION TO HAND IN CASE THE POLICE STOP YOU ON THE BRIDGE!

Otherwise, the easiest way to get to the old town and hotels on the other side of the bridge from the Parador by car is to take the Algecirus road and enter Ronda via the area known as Barrio San Francisco… The junction for this and your main reference point is the new hospital on the road from Ronda to San Pedro… Once you find the hospital roundabout you will easily find your way to Barrio San Francisco and the old town…  If you are at barrio San Francisco and need to get to the parador bullring side then stay on the road towards Jerez/Seville untill you come to the main roundabout into Ronda.

Ronda Train Timetables

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Book a RENFE train to Ronda and just print off your eticket. Simple for getting to and from Ronda from all Spanish cities plus return train daytrips from Ronda to the Alhambra in Granada, Mezquita in Córdoba, or the Picaso Museum in Malaga.

REMEMBER! You can sometimes only book trains up to 60 days in advance with some 30 days in advance so you can’t book a train for next year!

Trains to Ronda often change at another station, only a few of our services are direct. This means you need to pay particular attention to the type of train used. Ronda sits on the Algeciras-Granada line, but services to Madrid and Malaga are provided.

All trains departing either Algeciras, Granada, or Malaga are the regional trains (media distancia). The service to Madrid runs between Algeciras-Madrid, and is a type of train known as Altaria. This is not a high speed service. All AVE services will require changing trains at Bobadilla.

The AVE high speed train does not currently service Ronda, although there are plans to upgrade the track at sometime in the future.

The railway station in Ronda is open from 06.45 till 22.00, although the ticket office is only open from 06.50 till 21.30 and outside these times the only person in attendance will be the station controller. Within the building there is a bar that serves coffee, drinks and light tapas. They also have a set menu for travelers with time to spare.

If you decide to travel to Ronda by train you can also take advantage of the very good Hotel Andalucia across the street from the station It has very good reviews over at booking.com, is well priced and perfectly located in a quiet part of town just 5 minutes from the main shopping area and just 10 minutes walk from the main monuments and cultural attractions.

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Parking at the station is charged for but not expensive, and the gates open between 07.00 and 22.00, if cost of parking is an issue, we’d recommend parking in the street outside the station which is free. Be warned that parking on yellow lines or in a way that obstructs traffic will likely see your vehicle towed to the impound yard.

Getting from the train station in Ronda to the Tourist Information Office, the Plaza del Toros, and Puente Nuevo is a short 10 minute walk and you certainly don’t need to get a taxi, simply follow my walking directions from the Ronda railway station.

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