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.

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As well as being blessed with some of Spain’s most impressive natural and historic monuments, the accommodation 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.

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.

But what better way to improve the guide? An audio guide of course! Have a look here to find out more: https://voicemap.me/tour/ronda/ronda-andalucia-s-city-of-dreams-a-walking-tour

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


Ronda Today

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

Visit Cádiz

Planning on visiting Cádiz? Tourist information. Monuments. Hotels. Activities. City guides: https://visitingcadiz.com/

The Caminito del Rey

Find tickets for the Caminito del Rey: https://www.caminodelrey.es/

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

Struggling with identifying those bugs and beasties? Why not check out the Iberia nature Forum! https://iberianatureforum.com/

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. :)

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Discover Ronda

Nestled in the heart of Andalusia, Ronda is a jewel that enchants every visitor with its rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and vibrant culture. Lets discover Ronda!

Whether you’re a first-time traveler or a seasoned explorer, Ronda offers an unforgettable experience.

Here’s why Ronda should be at the top of your travel list and how Ronda Today can help you plan the perfect visit.

Historical Landmarks

Ronda is renowned for its stunning historical sites. The iconic Puente Nuevo bridge, towering 120 meters above the El Tajo gorge, offers spectacular views and a glimpse into the town’s architectural brilliance.

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Hotels in Ronda

Ronda is a picturesque town in southern Spain. It’s known for its stunning views, historic sites, and charming atmosphere. As a popular tourist destination, hotels in Ronda offer a wide variety of accommodation. There are options to suit all budgets and preferences.

Looking for a hotel in Ronda? Go straight to booking.com here.

If you are looking for hotels in the old town (casco antiguo) of Ronda then have a look here for Ronda Todays top picks

If you’re looking for a more affordable option, there are small guest houses and hostels available. These provide basic amenities such as a bed, a shared bathroom, and sometimes breakfast. Very often, hostels located in the heart of the town, close to popular attractions like the Puente Nuevo bridge and many museums.

For those seeking a more luxurious experience, Ronda also has some impressive hotels situated in prime locations around the town center. These hotels typically offer amenities such as spa services, fine dining options, and breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Many of these hotels are located close to the major landmarks, providing easy access to explore the rich cultural and historical offerings of Ronda.

Whether you’re looking for a cozy and affordable stay or a luxurious getaway, Ronda has something for everyone.


Planning your trip to Ronda?

Where to stay in Ronda

Things to do in Ronda

Ronda Today

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

Visit Cádiz

Planning on visiting Cádiz? Tourist information. Monuments. Hotels. Activities. City guides: https://visitingcadiz.com/

The Caminito del Rey

Find tickets for the Caminito del Rey: https://www.caminodelrey.es/

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

Struggling with identifying those bugs and beasties? Why not check out the Iberia nature Forum! https://iberianatureforum.com/

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.)

The parador hotel in Ronda has its own secure parking
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The Ronda Parador has its own on site parking.

Why not stay at the parador hotel and take the hassle out of parking? Check out dates and prices over at booking.com

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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/)


Visiting Ronda? Check out our audio guided tour!

If you are in Ronda for just one day or staying a night or two, the Ronda Today audio guide is perfect for discovering the “city of dreams”.

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.

Check out hotels with parking over at booking.com here.

Or see reviews of hotels with car parking in Ronda over at TripAdvisor.


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.

Have you read our article about How to avoid high roaming charges while traveling abroad?

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Hotel Alavera de los Baños, Ronda

Nestled in the old Jewish Quarter in Ronda, tourists can find the Alavera de los Baños. The hotel is designed with traditional flair making it easily blend in with its history-rich location. Guests at this hotel are treated to a magnificent view of the town and the mountain range nearby.

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Hotel Ronda in Ronda’s Moorish Quarter

Finding a hotel in Ronda is easy, there are so many to choose from. But, not all hotels are created equal! The hotel Ronda located next to the Casa del Rey Moro (The Moorish King’s House) is one of these delightful little hotels most people only hear about after their holiday. Hotel Ronda in Ronda’s Moorish Quarter

Quite simply, most hotel booking and review websites or travel guides mention the biggest hotels, or best advertisers and it can be very difficult to find the smaller hotels that you should probably stay at, or would if a friend recommended it. Hotel Ronda is one of these small boutique hotels that really deserves a mention.

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