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Driving to Ronda from Andalucía’s other main cities is quite possible, with the Costa del Sol and Málaga being no more than an hour from Marbella, and a little more from Málaga, or 90 minutes from Sevilla, around 2 hours from Córdoba. Granada is around 2.5 to 3 hours depending on traffic and conditions.
With times like these Ronda is a day trip from all of Andalucía’s main centres, or if you prefer the comfort and quiet of staying in Ronda, then really the other main cities of Andalucía are an easy drive to experience. Many visitors to Ronda embark on day trips to see the Alhambra in Granada, either by car, or the more relaxed journey by train, and all are back in Ronda again in time for a pleasant evening dinner in one of Ronda’s many tapas bars and restaurants.
From Málaga Airport
There are two routes from Málaga airport to Ronda, which you decide to drive will depend on what you’ve heard. The route recommended by Google Maps (see below) is to drive down the coast on the motorway (N-340) to Marbella, though two options exist, the free Autovia (A-7) or the toll Autopista (AP-7). A few kilometres past Marbella take the San Pedro de Alcantara exit, at which point you follow the signs for Ronda (A-376).
This route is very scenic, but the stretch from San Pedro to Ronda has been described as one of the more challenging roads in Southern Spain. Generally the road seems safe, and driving at the recommended speed limit whilst slowing for the tight corners will see you arrive safely. The entire trip from Málaga Ronda should take around 1.5 hours if traffic isn’t congested.
The other approach is to head inland from Málaga instead of taking the coast road. This particular route has recently been upgraded in places and may take only an hour. From the airport follow the signs for the N-340 but take the A-7 until you see signs for the A-357 Guadalhorce. Keep on the A-357 until you reach Cartama, then follow the signs for the A-367 which will take you directly to Ronda, entering the city at the Campillos roundabout.