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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

Romans in Ronda

The Roman Empire had been expanding out of the Italian peninsula and finally found it’s way to Iberia as Roman and Carthaginian forces battled for control of the Mediterranean, and sadly the peace known around Ronda was shattered beginning in the 2nd century BC. Rome and Carthage fought two bloody and protracted wars, with Spain suffering terribly as Roman armies vied for control of key supply routes.

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Ronda Walk Pilar de Coca

The Ronda-Pilar de Coca loop (PR-A 71) is a wonderful walk for exercise junkies and visitors to Ronda alike, it’s a circular route that takes us about 9km out of Ronda, past vineyards, oak groves, an old aqueduct that supplied Ronda with water, the Pilar de Coca spring, and finally the mountains of the Sierra de las Nieves and the Serranía de Ronda.

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The White Villages (Pueblos Blancos)

If you are staying in Ronda for a few days and have a car then you will want to get out and about to explore more villages in the area. The “Pueblos Blancos” or white villages encompass the north east of Cádiz and north west of Málaga provinces and this area is saturated in history with palaeolithic cave paintings, neolithic dolmens, bronze and copper age remains, Roman roads, Visigoth fountains and Moorish towers. For the most part, these tours take us through towns created during almost 800 years of Muslim settlement. Berber tribes arrived here in around 714, coming from similar mountainous terrain in Morocco. They chose easily defended sites and built watch towers as an early warning system against attack. All of which was needed as this area was a lasting frontier between the Muslim and Christian kingdoms. You can read more and print off the 3 driving white village routes at the Grazalema Tourist Information website.

If you don’t have a car then our very good friends over at Wildside Holidays can arrange a guided tour of some of the famous white villages of the area and can pick you up and drop you back to your hotel at the end of the day. Wildside Holidays also arrange nature orientated walking tours in the nearby Sierra de Grazalema.

5 amazing things to do in Ronda

There is quite a lot of “things” to do in Ronda… Just walking the streets,  sightseeing  the top 10 monuments and eating the best tapas will fill your day (and your tummy.) But, if you have a bit of extra time, why not try one (or all) of these things to do whilst you are here in the “City of Dreams” :)

Horseriding in the fabulous Ronda countryside.

Caballos y Vino is owned and run by Sandra Jochim, an experienced horsewoman who has excellent, first-hand knowledge of the local area, too. She also speaks four languages – German, English, Spanish & Horse!

At Caballos y Vino, you enjoy a ride on safe, reliable horses and discover the beautiful countryside around Ronda. Small groups of 2-4 persons guarantee a convivial atmosphere. Bookings can be made at short notice.

Find out more on the website and facebook of Caballos y Vino
http://caballosyvino.wixsite.com/horseridingronda/company
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Horse riding in Ronda

Take a relaxing spa and massage in Aguas de Ronda

If you want to really relax and unwind, not far from the museum and ruins of the Arab baths you will find Aguas de Ronda… A fantastic little spa and wellness with saltwater pools, sauna, hot and cold baths plus massages to balance your body and your mind…

Find out everything you need to know to arrange your visit on their website here…

Hammam Spa circuit for 2 people at the Hammam Aguas de Oriente Spa in Ronda

Visit the “Casa de Jamon” and see the museum and experts slicing the Iberian ham.

This shop is filled to the brim with a superb display of jamon Iberico- wine -cheese and oil (Iberian hams, Iberian chunks … Etc.) There is also a cafeteria-bar where all the products on display can be sampled either sitting at the bar or at the tables amongst what can only be described a “museum of Spanish nostagia”.

Read more about the Casa de Jamon here…

La Casa del Jamon - Deli-Wine Tasting-Museum-Bar in Ronda, spain

Discover Ronda and the surrounding white villages by taxi!

It is not as expensive as you may think as a full white village tour is around 120 euros for 4 people visiting the most emblematic villages of the area… You can visit the Roman ruins of Acinipo, The Pileta cave, the gorge of Ronda and many other places in the comfort of your own chauffer driven taxi…

Read more on the website of Ronda Taxi Tours…

Get a taxi in Ronda - taxi tours of ronda and white villages of malaga and cadiz

Vineyard visit, wine tasting and wine museum.

The wine interpretation centre is the place to head for if you are a wine lover. The centre is packed with eveything you need to learn about (and taste) the fantastic wines of the Ronda region.

Education is a basic purpose of the wine interpretation centre sothis is a place where you can ask questions and have a great time while you learn. This is also a place where you will encounter a multisensory experience. The museum is a gateway to the past with an amazing collection of antique objects related to wine and winemaking.

Find out more at the website of the wine interpretation centre here.

wine interpretation centre in ronda - vineyard visits in ronda

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 and 5pm to 8pm. So be warned if you are arriving in Ronda during these times and need to get to your hotel in the centre of town…

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.

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