Category Archives: Ronda

Ronda city is one of the most picturesque destinations in Spain, and the third most visited city in Andalucía. Popular sites to see are the Puente Nuevo bridge, the Plaza de Toros Bullring, Ronda’s cathedral, the historic Arab Baths, and much more.

In the Ronda Mountains you’ll find the beautiful white villages of Andalucía, including the most popular, Grazalema, Setenil de las Bodegas, Zahara de la Sierra, Genalguacil

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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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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San Sebastian Minaret (Alminar de San Sebastián)

For nearly 700 years Ronda was an Islamic city, and during this time is believed to have had 7 or 8 mosques, none of which exist today, except for the Minaret of San Sebastian which was converted into a bell tower after the adjacent mosque was reconsecrated a Christian church. It was here in 1485 that Ferdinand II is believed to have ordered a mass to offer thanks for the capture of Ronda.

The mosque wasn’t particularly large, but being the closest to the central mosque frequented by the city’s rulers and elite families, the mosque in Plaza Abul Beka probably served as the main mosque for merchants and middle ranking families of the city.

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Plaza de Toros (Bullring)

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The Plaza de Toros (bullring) in Ronda occupies a very special place in modern Spanish culture and history as the home of the Rondeño style of bullfighting and also of the Real Maestranza De Caballería De Ronda. The bullring was built entirely of stone in the 18th century, during the golden years of Pedro Romero’s reign as champion bullfighter. Continue reading Plaza de Toros (Bullring)

Churches in Ronda

Ronda is famous for it’s churches built after the reconquest as Catholic Spain asserted it’s control over the formerly Muslim city. Four of the many churches in Ronda are especially noted for their architecture or the story behind them, and all are part of every great tour of Ronda.

Christianity in Ronda began with Visigothic control of Iberia after the collapse of the Roman Empire in the 5th century, and quickly became the dominant faith. Arab invaders entered Iberia and overran the Visigoths beginning in 711 AD, and until 1485 Ronda was a Muslim stronghold alternating between liberal interpretations of Muslim faith and the more conservative Sharia versions. Continue reading Churches in Ronda

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
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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…

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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…

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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.

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