Ronda, the city of dreams in Andalucia

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Welcome to Ronda the “city of dreams” in Andalucia! One of Spain’s most visited white towns of Andalucia. Ronda is very compact and easy to navigate whilst walking the cobbled streets  visiting the Real Maestranza bullring, the Puente Nuevo or El Tajo gorge There are many beautiful churches, museums, and wonderful coffee shops and tapas bars.

Want to learn a bit of Spanish on the way? Read some of the text in this article in the Spanish version here….

How to get to Ronda? See here: https://www.rondatoday.com/getting-here/

In Ronda for a day trip?

If you’re only in Ronda for one day be sure to read our Michelle Obama tour of Ronda, but if you’re likely to be here for two days or more, then maybe you could enjoy some of our most popular walks including the walk to the Virgen de la Cabeza, or Mr Henderson’s Railway Walk.

The VoiceMap GPS Audio Guide for Ronda

Creating the VoiceMap GPS Audio Guide for Ronda from the content here at Ronda Today has been a real pleasure and I hope that you enjoy walking the tour as much I did making it. VoiceMap GPS Audio Guide for Ronda.

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For quite a few years now, the A4 printable guide has been downloading steadily directly from Ronda Today and I have received many hundreds of emails from visitors, who have discovered the very best of a visit to Ronda, using the indepth information made up from the top 20 articles published here at Ronda Today.

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Short clip by the Ronda Tourist board showing some popular places in Ronda the “City of Dreams”

Ronda Hotels

As well as being blessed with some of Spain’s most impressive natural and historic monuments, the accomodation options in Ronda are excellent because many offer views of the Tajo gorge from their windows and balconies plus the stunning views of the mountains surrounding the city.

Four star hotels in Ronda include the Parador, Molino del Arco, Reina Victoria, Montelirio, Maestranza, Acinipo, Don Benito, and Hotel San Gabriel.

Famous people in Ronda.

Join great names like Orson Welles, Earnest Hemingway, Rainer Rilke, James Joyce, Jorge Luis Borges, Madonna, or Jamie Oliver who have enjoyed their time in Ronda.

Why Visit Ronda?

Ronda the “city of dreams” in Andalucia! is a small city perched on a seemingly precarious platform of rock, it was at one time an impregnable fortress only defeated in battle through trickery, and during the reconquest with modern (for the era) rock blasting cannons.

The population of Ronda is around 34,000 so it is big enough to offer all the essential services of a large town but still small enough to retain it’s authentic charm as one of the white villages (pueblos blancos) of andalucia. At a height of 723m in the Ronda mountains, the city has a cooler year round temperature than the coast, making life in Ronda altogether more agreeable than other Andalucían cities.

Ronda is also the perfect base to explore other cities such as Sevilla, Granada, Córdoba, Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Antequera, or Malaga.

Guided tours and activities in Ronda

The Serranía de Ronda

Ronda is the biggest city in northern Malaga province, and the closest city to many of the smaller villages in Cadiz province, making Ronda an ideal base for exploring the Serrania.

Within a few kilometres of Ronda are some of the most visited Pueblos Blancos, the famous white villages of Andalucia, Setenil de las Bodegas, Grazalema, Gaucín, Juzcar, Benalauria, Montejaque, Teba, Cortes de la Frontera, Igualeja, the list goes on…

As well, Ronda is close to three natural parks, the Grazalema natural park, Alcornocales natural park, and the Sierra de las Nieves national park. The Serranía is also home to pre-historic cave paintings at Benaojan, Neolithic dolmens at Montecorto, and of course, the Roman city of Acinipo.

The countryside of the Serranía is described as unique, in fact universally important. Many endemic species make their home here, including the pre ice age Pinsapa pine tree, and numerous orchids only found on our mountains.


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Guided Tours around Ronda

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There are some excellent guided tours around Ronda and the white villages (Pueblos Blancos) of Malaga and Cádiz. Day trips start from from many of the nearby cities such as Seville, Málaga and the Costa del Sol area of Andalucia.

Going it alone? Check out Ronda Todays very own VoiceMap GPS Audio Guide for Ronda here: https://www.rondatoday.com/the-voicemap-gps-audio-guide-for-ronda/ Written and recorded by Clive the author of Ronda Today. :)

Fancy a guided climbing tour in Ronda? Check this out: https://www.rondatoday.com/guided-climbing-in-ronda/

Why use a local guide in Ronda?

Using a local guide can provide many benefits, such as:

  • Insider knowledge: Local guides have a deep understanding of the culture, history, and customs of the area. They can provide unique insights and perspectives that you may not find in a guidebook or online.
  • Language skills: A local guide can speak the language fluently, This helps you navigate any communication barriers you may encounter.
  • Safety: A local guide can help you navigate unfamiliar areas safely and can also be a valuable resource if you get lost or need assistance.
  • Connections: Local guides often have connections in the community. This provides access to experiences or locations that may not be easily accessible to tourists.
  • Saving Time: Local guides often know the best routes, shortcuts and insider tips to help you make the most of your time.
  • Cultural immersion: Local guides can help you immerse in the local culture more and get the most out of your trip.

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Wine tasting tours and visiting a winery in Ronda.

Over the last few years the wineries (“bodegas” in Spanish) of Ronda have greatly increased their production and are going through what can only be described as a “boom time”. There are over 20 excellent vineyards producing Red, Rosé and white wines with the denomination of origin “Wines of Malaga” (Malaga being the province that Ronda belongs to.) Many of the wineries are open to the public for wine tasting tours and some even provide full lunches and dinners with matched wines to the food courses.

Guided tours and wine tasting at Bodega Doña Felipe in Ronda

A family business dedicated body and soul to the world of wine since 1999. Doña Felisa Winery was founded by José María Losantos and his wife, Gema Alonso, who came to Ronda and immediately fell in love with it.

“This beautiful corner of Andalusia offers us unbeatable conditions to produce wines, which together with our philosophy of taking care of every detail and the environment itself, allows us to offer a variety of captivating, elegant and quality wines.

Bodega Doña Felisa in Ronda
Enjoy a guided tour of the vineyard and the winemaking rooms. Learn how the wines are made and finish with a tasting of 4 of our wines, accompanied by an assortment of tapas. Click here for reservations.
La Perla Blanca hotel has an on-site bodega operated by BadMan Wines. ​
  • Situated inside private vineyards with an emphasis on ​understated luxury and discreet service, La Perla Blanca offers a serene, relaxing environment where you can feel at home.
  • La Perla Blanca is the only hotel accommodation in Ronda able to offer wine tours onsite.
  • The wines produced include a Moscatel, Chardonnay, a Merlot Rosado, a Tempranillo, as well as a Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon. All grapes which are typically used in Spain.
  • Badman wines are signature wines made by two young and expert winemakers, SinBAD & MANuel, with the intention of offering something new and fresh in the Serranía de Ronda. Handmade, elegant, modern and expressive quality products, accompanied by an innovative design.
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Plaza de Toros (Bullring) in Ronda

Plaza de Toros (Bullring) in Ronda
Plaza de Toros (Bullring) in Ronda

Even if, like me, you don’t agree with bullfighting, it is undeniable that 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 a champion bullfighter.

Would you like to visit a fighting bull farm in Ronda?

This is a working breeding farm of fighting bulls and pure Andalusian horses, located just 5 km from Ronda. It was created by the bullfighter Rafael Tejada. It is open to the public, giving visitors the opportunity to share in the lives of these animals throughout all their breeding stages and their fascinating selection process, as well as interact with them.

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Where to Park in Ronda Spain

Where to park in Ronda Spain? Well, Ronda can sometimes be a difficult little city to drive around and find parking for the uninitiated, especially if you’ are driving a large  motor home or towing a caravan don’t even think about entering the city centre! Instead park in one of the outlying streets and then walk into the centre. (See camper vans section below if you are staying for the night or more.)

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If you are looking for a parking space in the center of Ronda, the APK2 Plaza del Socorro parking lot is ideal. Located very close to the main tourist attractions of the city, such as the Plaza de Toros de Real Maestranza, Puente Nuevo and Mirador, from here you can stroll through the old town and find the most popular restaurants and hotels.

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Martínez Astein car park in Ronda

If you are daytripping to Ronda then the car park of Martínez Astein is easy to find and its just a ten minute stroll down the pedestrian shopping street (Calle Espinal or “La Bola”) of Ronda to all the main monuments. No navigating narrow streets!

Click here to reserve a spot in the Martínez Astein car park in Ronda

(Are you going to visit Cádiz? Have a look at our sister website Visiting Cádiz for information on how and where to park in Cádiz: https://visitingcadiz.com/where-can-i-park-in-cadiz/)


Hotel parking

Most hotels have their own parking and if not at the very least a temporary parking bay so that you can unload any luggage and the staff will then direct you to the nearest parking. Ask your hotel for information and directions about parking during your stay.


Beware narrow streets!

Streets in Ronda are quite narrow, most are one way, and in the older part of town corners and bends can be quite tortuous, of course this is one of the “City of Dreams” main attractions but can be a nightmare when driving a hire car.

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Damas Goyesca of Ronda

Since the inception of the Corrida Goyesca in Ronda’s September fair in 1954, the Damas Goyesca of Ronda have been the official representatives of the city, and welcoming committee for visiting dignitaries.

The role is exceptionally demanding, not only from the level of responsibility, but also from the long schedule of training, and gown fittings before the build up to the week’s festivities.

So exceptionally popular have been the Damas Goyesca, that in 2009, a bronze statue of a Goyesca lady was inaugurated in Alameda park, directly across from the statue of Pedro Romero, Ronda’s most famous bullfighter.

Every year a president of the Damas Goyesca is chosen, usually she is a woman well respected in Ronda, someone who has earned the affection of the people of Ronda, and who is held up as a model of womanhood for others to emulate.

At the same time, fourteen younger Rondeñas are picked to support the president in her duties, typically the younger Damas Goyesca will be in their teens, and of course chosen for their beauty, as well as their grace.

Why the “Goyesca” Ladies?

Every year in Ronda several of the town’s ladies are chosen to be the Damas Goyescas, and represent the ladies seen in some of Francisco de Goya’s paintings of bullfighting and pageantry from the late 18th century. Many of Goya’s paintings were in fact commissioned by a tapestry workshop in Madrid, the aim being to print the paintings on fabric.

Take a look at this 1973 documentary about the life and work of Francisco de Goya
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes was a Spanish romantic painter and printmaker. He is considered the most important Spanish artist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His paintings, drawings, and engravings reflected contemporary historical upheavals and influenced important 19th- and 20th-century painters.

When Goya painted his portraits of nobility, the fashion of the day was for colourful fabrics, and matching accessories such as shoes, fans, hairpieces etc. The gowns worn by Ronda’s Dames Goyesca are not exact copies of those seen in Goya’s paintings, instead they are designed to reflect the matador designs seen in Goya’s paintings of Pedro Romero, so can be said to be complimentary rather than historically correct.

Some art historians argue Goya’s paintings of the Duchess of Alba are the inspiration for the gowns worn by the Damas Goyesca, and to a lesser extent this might be true, in that many of the simpler gowns worn by the ladies are very reminiscent. The more complex designs however have been developed in the 20th century in response to perceived fashions of the 18th century, and as such are even more stunning and beautiful than they would have been.

Each outfit can cost many thousands of Euros, everything is custom made to suit the lady, right down to handmade shoes and lace shawls. In addition, each Goyesca lady usually has another gown for less formal occasions, and perhaps a third for specific medal ceremonies.


Voicemap GPS Audio Guide for Ronda

The Damas Goyesca of Ronda is included in the VoiceMap GPS Audio Guide for Ronda.

Scan the QR code to go directly to the Ronda audio guide at VoiceMap.

For quite a few years now, the A4 printable guide has been selling steadily directly from Ronda Today and I have received many hundreds of emails from visitors, who have discovered the very best of a visit to Ronda, using the indepth information made up from the top 20 articles published here at Ronda Today.

But what better way to improve the guide? An audio guide of course!

https://voicemap.me/tour/ronda/ronda-andalucia-s-city-of-dreams-a-walking-tour



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Everything you need to know before you visit Ronda “The city of dreams” in Andalucia. https://www.rondatoday.com/

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The Caminito del Rey

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Wildside Holidays – Spain

Take a trip on the Wildside! Discover the wildlife and nature of Spain, its Natural and National Parks and find the top wildlife, activity and walking holiday companies.

Iberia Nature Forum

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Where to see Flamenco in Ronda

Flamenco music has it’s origins in ancient Andalucian history, possibly well before the Moorish settlements. It is believed by many experts to be a complex amalgam of Iberian, Arabic, Shepherdic, and Gitano musical styles that really matured after the reconquest of 1492, and then over the next few centuries. Over the last millenium Flamenco has spread to the rest of Spain and the former Spanish colonies in Central and South America. Where to see Flamenco in Ronda?

Ronda Guitar House Guitar Concerts.

Ronda Guitar House is located on Calle Virgen de los Remedios 23, a few meters from Calle Carrera Espinel just 2 minutes from the Puente Nuevo. This is a unique space dedicated to Spanish music and in particular the Spanish guitar. The resident guitarist Paco Seco performs concerts presenting the Spanish guitar in both classical and flamenco styles. Read more about Ronda Guitar House here: https://www.rondatoday.com/the-guitar-house-in-ronda/

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