Category Archives: Tourism

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

2017 is just around the corner… It’s time to learn Spanish!

Millions of people speak Spanish in countries throughout the world – it is one of the most widely-spoken languages today. On top of this, it is similar to other members of the Romance language family, which are widely used across Europe and the wider world. This makes it easier to learn for people who have already mastered another Romance language, and means that it can act as a gateway for those who wish to learn more languages. These are two of the principle reasons for the huge popularity of Spanish as an accessible and useful second language to learn. And with the right school, learning Spanish becomes not only easy and accessible, but also enjoyable and rewarding.

Escuela Entrelenguas, in Ronda, is – as their website states – “like a cocktail shaker; a mixture of ingredients that gives you the taste of a cultural experience like no other. Travellers, learners and locals all meet here because we share a common interest – to get to know Ronda in a different way”.

Find your accommodation through Ronda Today! Just use the booking form to the right… Or click here.

Learn Spanish in Ronda, Spain

Now you too can throw yourself into this heady mix of language learning, cultural events and sustainable tourism, with a new semi-intensive programme for beginners that will run from January 16 to February 11. A one-month course for beginner learners who want to learn in an effective and intensive way, while also taking time to enjoy all of the huge range of delights that Ronda has to offer. Lessons are taught by university-qualified teachers and will take place in the morning, three days a week for two hours each session.

The course will be taught through an immersive and communicative approach, combining fundamental classroom learning with day-to-day immersion and real-life practical application. The price is 140€ plus registration fee, which includes your course textbook.

Don’t miss this opportunity – there are still a few places left! And don´t forget that you can find your accommodation through Ronda Today! Just use the booking form to the right… Or click here.

Learning Spanish: The new hobby for adults!

Learning Spanish means adopting new ways of seeing, developing better multi-tasking, boosting your memory and even improving your first language. But if you do it in the right place and with the right people, it also means having the time of your life!

If you’re 55 or over, then you’re lucky because Escuela Entrelenguas, in Ronda, is organising a compact, intensive Spanish programme between 9th and 23rd October! Be ready to experience Andalusian life with their Continue reading Learning Spanish: The new hobby for adults!

May festival – Ronda Romantica 2016

If you are visiting Ronda from the 19th to the 22nd of May  2016 then you are in for a real treat!

Beneath balconies draped with embroidered shawls and the streets bustling with people dressed as peasants, gypsies, bandits and figures from the Napoleonic War era Ronda is celebrating its Royal May Fair Festival “Ronda Romantica”.

The second oldest rural fair in Andalusia, and recreation of the fair’s atmosphere from the Romantic Age. Ronda is the perfect setting for this as it was an emblematic city for writers, artists, mule drivers and bandits in the nineteenth century. Equestrian shows, parades, horse riding tours, street performances, homemade foods, and a host of activities and events to entertain everyone.

You can get an idea of the atmosphere in this short film taken by a visitor to Ronda Romantica in 2014

More information here (in Spanish at the official website)

Geoff Scott-Simpson Gallery, Gaucín

Geoff Scott-Simpson Gallery, GaucínVisitors to the mountain top pueblo blanco of Gaucín are rewarded by the finest views down over the rock of Gibraltar, into the Rif Mountains of Morocco and many kilometres beyond on a fine day. The village itself sits amongst forests of pine and sweet chestnut, is a mecca for wildlife and straddles the peaks like a lizard stretched out in the sunshine. Gaucín is well known for its artistic community drawn from around the globe by the Mediterranean light which illuminates the landscape and provides never-ending inspiration for painters, photographers, ceramicists and other artisans.

Pro-photographer Geoff Scott-Simpson has lived in Gaucín for two years and continues to be blown away by the beauty of the area which he has turned into a personal project. Being a resident rather than a visitor has meant he has familiarized himself with the local patterns of light and rhythms of nature thereby capturing the best of what Gaucín and the Serranía de Ronda has to offer which is simply world class. His eponymous gallery is located at the entrance to the village on the A-377 Manilva road.

More information at the website…
www.geoffscottsimpson.com

Semana Santa in Ronda 20 March – 27 March 2016

The processions start on Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday this year is the 20th of March) and all are organized by the local Catholic Brotherhoods, and may involve several hours of hot sweaty walking through the city streets until the icon returns to its church at which point a party may start that lasts longer than the actual procession.

Women are often dressed in the finest outfits or in complete mourning black, children in communion dress, and men wearing robes with tall pointy hats unless they´re helping to carry the icon. Many will be carrying banners, or holding tall candles. In total there are 14 processions taking place in Ronda over 8 days.

Have a look at the promotional video for Semana Santa 2016…

Here is  a PDF document (in Spanish) showing all the processions and times. semana santa 2016

Best Hotels in Ronda and the Serranía

Within Ronda and the Serranía de Ronda, as well as the Sierra de Cadiz and Guadalteba there are over 100 hotels, so which do you choose for your holiday?

It all depends on your needs, do you prefer to be in the city or out in the country, and are you looking for comfort or is a traditional and authentic hotel more your scene. We’ve analysed our reader statistics (all 70,000 unique visits per month) and the top thirty hotels viewed on Ronda Today by readers over the last year (feb 2015 – Feb 2016) are as follows. Read on and check out the links to all the hotels…. Continue reading Best Hotels in Ronda and the Serranía

Alcaidesa Links Golf Course

Designed by Peter Alliss and Clive Clark. 18 holes, par 68, and 4,924 metres.

The most authentic and exciting way of playing golf. Alcaidesa Links Golf Course is the first competition standard golf course in Spain which falls into the Links category.

Find a hotel near to this and other famous golf courses in the Costa del Sol

Its spectacular layout borders the beach amidst hills and natural vegetation. Whilst playing it, there is no way to escape the silent presence of the majestic rock of Gibraltar and the Atlas mountains of Africa which mark the distant horizon. Continue reading Alcaidesa Links Golf Course

Andalusia, Plaza del Socorro and Blas Infante

Visitors to Ronda are often confused about why our central plaza 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, and why do so many people take photos of the fountain?

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