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

Iglesia de Santa Cecilia

Dating from 1663, the Iglesia de los Trinitarios Descalzos as it was first known, was the third home of the Order of Descalzed Nuns of Ronda, who nowadays are located in the convent attached to the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced.

The plaza in front of the church, Plaza Los Descalzos, still retains the name of the order. An older Christian chapel, the “Ermita del Cristo de las Penas o Peñas” occupied this site from mid 16th century, being demolished to make way for the church you see today. In 1836 the Descalzed Order vacated the church and convent, and a school was established on the site using the church as their chapel. Continue reading Iglesia de Santa Cecilia

Moorish Ronda 711 till 1066

In 711 AD, an Arab prince named Musa Ben Nusayr conquered most of Iberia and parts of southern France for the Ummayad Caliphate. A captain in the Berber army, Zaide Ben Kesadi El Sebseki, realising the importance of Ronda as a fortress managed to negotiate a peaceful surrender of the city in August of that year, and henceforth Ronda was known as Izn-Rand Onda which in the Arabic of the day meant “City of the Castle”, and became capital of the Cora of Takurunna of the Córdoba Emirate. Continue reading Moorish Ronda 711 till 1066

Hotel Hacienda Puerta de las Muelas, Ronda ***

Situated at the foot of Tajo de Ronda, the Hacienda Puerto de las Muelas provides guests with a unique experience. The three-star hotel with its charming design provides a good starting point for guests when exploring the beauties that Ronda has to offer.

General facilities within the hotel include a 24-hour front desk with friendly staff ready to help guests make the most of their stay. Fresh newspapers are supplied daily to guests and Wi-Fi connection is also available for free. Guests can also keep their valuables and papers safe with the hotel’s safe deposit service.  The hotel offers non-smoking rooms and a designated area for smokers.

Reservation and more information can be found here at

All rooms are equipped with heating and air-conditioning systems to provide the comfort that guests need on their stay. Guests can also venture into the hotel’s solarium to get that perfect tan. Alternately, guests can go on hiking trips organized by the hotel. They also offer bicycle rental if guests want to do some exploring on their own, whilst the adjoining stables mean guests can enjoy guided horseback riding around the valley. Continue reading Hotel Hacienda Puerta de las Muelas, Ronda ***

Pedro Romero Feria & Corrida Goyesca – 22nd to 6th September 2015

The first week in September is the one time of year when Rondeños really let their hair down and everything comes to a stop for the week long party known as the Feria de Pedro Romero.

Although the weeks festivities start on the 22nd of August the big weekend of bullfighting and parades is the Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of September. (The parade of carriages at 12 pm on Sunday 6th)

IMPORTANT: If you want to stay in Ronda to experience the feria and all it has to offer then don’t delay in booking your hotel. Use the booking form to the right as soon as possible! Places will already be limited!

There is a full program of event (in Spanish) here and the dates of events are on page 45.

Tickets for bullfights and further information here…

Most of the streets surrounding the Plaza del Socorro become pedestrian only as bars bring their kegs and counters into the street for the hordes who want to party. The last two days of the feria coincide with one of the highlights of the Spanish bullfighting calendar, the Corrida Goyesca. Continue reading Pedro Romero Feria & Corrida Goyesca – 22nd to 6th September 2015

The Weather in Ronda

The weather in Ronda is fairly typical of Southern Spain, however being surrounded by mountains gives Ronda some unique weather patterns making our summers and winters a bit different from the Costa del Sol. First of all we’re situated several hundred metres higher than the coast, and on top of a plateau surrounded by lower valleys and higher mountains, often meaning the weather in Ronda can be markedly different from even some of the nearer villages such as Montecorto or Grazalema.

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Here for the weather in the Sierra de Grazalema…

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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