A few kilometres from Ronda, just outside the white village of Benaojan lies one of the most spectacular cave systems in Spain, and in the mouth of one, several galleries of cave paintings that are as old as 30,000 years, and were created by paleolithic people of Ronda before the last great ice age. Best of all, the caves are open to the public with a local tour guide to explain the significance of the artwork.
Curiously enough, this most Spanish of all dishes, which is practically a byword for “Spanishness”, is neither Spanish, nor is it known as “paella” here in Spain! The original recipe is lost in the mists of time, but scholars now believe that the dish was brought to Iberia by the Phoenicians, long before the birth of Christ.
If you wish to discuss paella with a Spaniard, please refer to it as “arroz” (rice), because that’s the name by which we know it. Though the most famous version hales from Valencia, paella is regarded as a local specialty in just about every corner of Spain.
The Arab Baths, known in Spanish as the Baños Arabes are one of Ronda’s most important tourist attractions, and some argue more important than the unquestionably beautiful Puente Nuevo, or Ronda’s other claim to fame, the Plaza de Toros, home of Ronda’s bullfighting tradition.
Ronda’s Arab Baths are similar to the design perfected by the Romans, except that steam was used to sweat out pollutants from the body rather than soaking in hot water as the Romans used. The Moors of Spain were also Muslim, so religious traditions were important, a Mosque was located next to the baths, and the baths were more than just a sanitary facility; they were also a place where locals and visitors alike would stop to purify and cleanse their bodies before entering the Mosque to purify their souls.
Located just across from the historic bullring, the Hotel Maestranza has a unique charm for its guests to experience. This four-star hotel’s location in Ronda near to all major tourist activities makes it a good starting point for travelers who wish to explore the beautiful places that Ronda has to offer.
The 54 rooms at the Hotel Maestranza are divided into three types for guests to choose from; single room, double room, and suite, and all rooms offer en suite bathroom, minibar, satellite TV, air conditioning and heating, telephone, and wardrobe.
The Molino del Puente is an authentic, beautiful family run country hotel, sitting right on the riverside on the outskirts of Ronda. Elaine and Ian Love together with their 3 daughters, and friendly helpful staff have made this hotel into a real home from home.
Originally an 18th century Olive mill the Molino del Puente has been lovingly restored into a luxurious, 12 bedroom hotel , complete with swimming pool, cosy lounge, elegant dining area and modern bar area complete with a terrace overlooking the river.
The overwhelming majority of visitors to Ronda arrive, walk around the old town taking photographs, sample tapas in one of the popular tourist restaurants, and then leave. Meanwhile they miss so much that makes Ronda special, such as the adventure tourism that the city is nationally known for.
For the truly adventurous, a balloon flight over the city is a memorable way to get that special photo that so few ever seem to capture, and which can only be seen from 300ft above the city, suspended under a great globe of hot air.
This is a complete list of mass times for the many churches in Ronda. We hope you find it useful.
Stretching from the Parador Hotel, around to Park Blas Infante, and along Paseo Hemingway, you’ll find some of the most impressive views in Ronda in the Alameda Park before the cliff top walk becomes the Paseo de los ingleses.
Far down below, actually as much as 200 metres at its deepest point lies the valley that in Moorish times was the wheat growing heart of Ronda, from which farmers and their laborers would collect the wheat grains and transport them to the mills that used to line the edge of the cliffs under Ronda’s hanging houses.