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.

Thinking of staying in Ronda? Find a hotel

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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Scan the QR code to go directly to the Audio guide at VoiceMap

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

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The Caminito del Rey

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Wildside Holidays – Spain

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Iberia Nature Forum

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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. :)

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Vegetarian and vegan food in Ronda (Gluten free as well)

Are there vegan, vegetarian and gluten free eating out options in Ronda? The answer is yes!

Over the last few months, I have had quite a few emails from people asking where vegetarian and vegan food can be found eating out in Ronda. So, I visited 25 or so bars and restaurants in Ronda to find out. (I didn’t eat in all of them but it sure was a wonderfull morning, afternoon evening!) :)

The answer is of course YES! Almost all the places I visited have some options available (but many don’t have it printed on their menus.) The key of course is to ask the waiter before you sit down. You’ll find them almost always very accommodating and eager to help.

An olive oil tasting tour in Ronda is a great activity for vegetarians!

Immerse yourself in local products on this walking tour through olive groves, citrus trees and vineyards in Ronda. Discover the creative play between nature and spaces that demonstrate the vision of the French industrial architect and designer Philippe Starck.

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Try an olive oil tasting tour. Just click the image above to reserve a visit.
Key words in Spanish

Vegetarian = Vegeteriano (male) – Vegeteriana (female).
Vegan = Vegano (male) – Vegana (female).
Gluten free = Sin gluten.
Celiac = Celiaco (Male) – Celiaca (female).

Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free tips

Vegetarian and vegan food in Ronda is fairly easy to find. Many dishes are made to order so the scrambled eggs with asparagus and Iberian ham can be made a delicious vegetarian dish simply by asking the waiter to cut out the Iberian ham.. :) The same goes with many other dishes served in Ronda. Salads and soups like gazpacho or salmorejo often have a sprinkling of ham, egg or something else. The key here is just ask the waiter!

Traditional Spanish Gazpacho Andaluz Recipe
Gazpacho – Cold tomato soup with a garnish of green pepper and cucumber. The waiter put that on for me after I asked him not to put any egg or jamón. Thankyou!

Many restaurants also have gluten free bread on offer. (I even saw a waiter run across the road to a local bakery to get gluten free bread for one of his clients even as they were sitting down at their table looking at the menu!) If you are reserving a table for the next day, make sure that you mention it (or any other food related needs.) I can pretty much guarantee that they will be eager and happy to help you out.

For gluten free food in Ronda

On the Plaza Socorro in Ronda there is a small snack bar that serves excellent food and specializes in gluten free. Its called “Las Campanas”

Website –  https://www.taperialascampanas.es/es/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafeteria-Las-Campanas/173279386038601

It’s a smallish place with a few tables outside on the Plaza. If you have gluten intolerance and you want to try traditional local food then this is the place for you. The staff are also incredibly friendly and helpful.

  • Most bakeries in Ronda also sell gluten free bread.
  • All the major supermarkets in Ronda have gluten free products on offer.
Gluten free bread in Ronda
Gluten free bread is available in many bars and restaurants and also in most bakeries and supermarkets
Discover the Best Vegetarian and Vegan Food in Ronda, Spain

If you’re looking for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dining options in Ronda, Spain, you’re in luck. This picturesque Andalusian town offers a variety of delicious and healthy choices for every palate. From cozy cafes to upscale restaurants, Ronda caters to plant-based diets and those with dietary restrictions, ensuring a delightful culinary experience for all visitors.

Please feel free to leave a comment or suggestion to help other people get the most out of a visit to Ronda and the vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.


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/

Ventas in Spain – El Tropezon in the village of Montecorto

A “venta” is a road side cafeteria, bar and restaurant and you should look out for them on the larger country roads between towns and villages. Visiting a venta in Spain is an excellent way to see and sample the local, traditional gastronomy and way of life in Spain. These Ventas in Spain almost always have a friendly, family atmosphere and some even have hostel or hotel type accommodation.

Check out our page about tapas in Ronda here.

The simplest ventas consist of a bar and tables in one room. The larger ones have a separate dining room away from the noise of the bar and perhaps an outdoor terrace. Often on display is a selection of local produce and crafts to admire and, of course, to buy.

Non smoking laws are enforced in Spain in public areas. Smoking is not allowed inside and the owner of the establishment will be fined if people are caught breaking this law.

An excellent example of a traditional venta (in Andalucia) is “Venta El Tropezon“. Situated on the main road between Ronda and Arcos de la Frontera, at the junction to a village named Montecorto. The word “tropezon” describes a nice, unexpected surprise. For example, if you trip over but on the floor you find a coin or something else valuable.

You can follow the facebook page of El Tropezon here.

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A traditional paella recipe made in Ronda

Traditional paella is a Spanish dish that originated in the Valencia region. It is typically made with saffron, paprika, and other spices, and is typically cooked in a large, shallow pan called a paellera. The dish typically features rice as its base, along with a variety of meats and vegetables, such as chicken, rabbit, and snails. It is often served with a sprinkle of lemon juice and parsley.

Here is a traditional paella recipe made in Ronda that will easily serve 4 people.

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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. ​
Hotel La Perla Blanca in Ronda
Featuring a winery, La Perla Blanca is surrounded by its own vineyards, and is located a 10-minute drive from Ronda. This boutique guest house has free WiFi and an honesty bar.

Check out prices and availability for the hotel Perla Blanca over at booking.com

  • 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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Lifting the lid on Tapas in Ronda

An Introduction to Tapas Culture

Tapas, a cornerstone of Spanish culinary tradition, are more than just small dishes; they embody the vibrant social culture of Spain. Originating from Andalusia, tapas are a symbol of hospitality and communal dining, inviting friends and family to share and savor various flavors in a relaxed setting. This article delves into the essence of tapas, uncovering their history, variety, and the cultural significance they hold in towns like Ronda.

Jamon Iberico on toasted bread
Lifting the lid on Tapas in Ronda. Jamón serrano or cured country ham on toast.
The Origins of Tapas

The word “tapa” translates to “cover” in Spanish, reflecting the early practice of placing a slice of bread or meat over a glass of wine to keep out flies. Over time, these simple covers evolved into a diverse array of small dishes, each region of Spain contributing its unique touch.

Tapas in Ronda
Lifting the lid on Tapas in Ronda. Wine with a “tapa”
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