Category Archives: Ronda

Ronda city is one of the most picturesque destinations in Spain, and the third most visited city in Andalucía. Popular sites to see are the Puente Nuevo bridge, the Plaza de Toros Bullring, Ronda’s cathedral, the historic Arab Baths, and much more.

In the Ronda Mountains you’ll find the beautiful white villages of Andalucía, including the most popular, Grazalema, Setenil de las Bodegas, Zahara de la Sierra, Genalguacil

Trains to Ronda – Ronda Train Timetables

Trains to Ronda have reduced over the last few years with shutdowns on some lines due to severe storms damaging tracks and major works on the Granada to Algecirus line. That said, Ronda is still serviced by regular trains from many major cities in Spain.

Reserving trains to Ronda.

Many, many people complain about the official RENFE train website for it’s difficult navigation and many times refusal to accept credit cards not from Spanish addresses. So, we recommend using the OMIO reservation system that you can find in the right hand side column of all pages here at Ronda Today. The link below also takes you to the OMIO reservation website.

Book a RENFE train to Ronda and just print off your eticket. Simple for getting to and from Ronda from all Spanish cities.  Also return train daytrips from Ronda to the Alhambra in Granada, Mezquita in Córdoba, or the Picaso Museum in Malaga.

REMEMBER! You can sometimes only book trains up to 60 days in advance with some 30 days in advance so you can’t book a train for next year!

Types of train service to Ronda.

Trains to Ronda often change at another station and only a few services are direct. This means you need to pay particular attention to the type of train used. Ronda sits on the Algeciras-Granada line, but trains to Madrid and Malaga are available from Ronda train station.

All trains departing either Algeciras, Granada, or Malaga are the regional trains (media distancia). The service to Madrid runs between Algeciras-Madrid, and is a type of train known as Altaria. This is not a high speed service.

High speed train “AVE” to Ronda?

The AVE high speed train does not currently service Ronda, although there are plans to upgrade the track at sometime in the future.  If you book a ticket to Madrid from Ronda then you take the “media distancia” to the Santa anna station where the AVE high speed line is located.

Opening times and bar.

The railway station in Ronda is open from 06.45 till 22.00, although the ticket office is only open from 06.50 till 21.30 and outside these times the only person in attendance will be the station controller. Within the building there is a bar that serves coffee, drinks and light tapas. They also have a set menu for travelers with time to spare.

Convenient hotel close to Ronda train station.

If you decide to travel to Ronda by train you can also take advantage of the very good Hotel Andalucia across the street from the station. It is well priced and perfectly located in a quiet part of town just 5 minutes from the main shopping area and just 10 minutes walk from the main monuments and cultural attractions.

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Parking at the train station in Ronda.

Parking at the station is charged for but not expensive, and the gates open between 07.00 and 22.00. If cost of parking is an issue, we’d recommend parking in the street outside the station which is free.

Be warned that parking on yellow lines or in a way that obstructs traffic will likely see your vehicle towed to the impound yard.

Getting from the train station in Ronda to the Tourist Information Office, the Plaza del Toros, and Puente Nuevo is a short 10 minute walk and you certainly don’t need to get a taxi, simply follow my walking directions from the Ronda railway station.

 

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The printable guide and city map of Ronda.

We have received many emails from people asking for a printed version of Ronda Today so we have created a 21 page A4 essential guide to Ronda and the Sierras from some of the articles on this website. At just 5 Euros (Paypal) It is well worth the investment if you are planning to visit the “City of Dreams” for a week, a couple of days or just a day.

The guide contains Ronda Todays’ most important tourist information articles and includes a map of Ronda, the most popular monuments and nearby places to visit including information on the Sierra de Grazalema and the white villages (Pueblos Blancos).

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Museums of Ronda

The museums  of Ronda are a delightful way to spend a few hours for both holiday makers and residents alike. Children will love the Lara Museum, while adults may prefer the museum of wine. Art aficionados will positively love the collection of Joaquin Peinado.

Ronda Municipal Museum.

Located in the historic Mondragon Palace (Palacio de Mondragon), the Municipal Museum of Ronda details Rondas history from the stone age to the present time with some very well made exhibits such as the Pileta Cave reconstruction, the stone age hut, iron age technology including sword making, the Roman period with an important exhibit on Acinipo, Moorish Ronda including a detailed exhibit of Arab funeral rites, and a very interesting display on life in Ronda’s heyday, the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Ronda’s Mondragón Palace

The Mondragón Palace  in Ronda is one of the towns most visited buildings, not only because it houses the Municipal Museum, but also for it’s Moorish courtyards, gardens and stunning views of the Sierra de Grazalema. the building evokes memories of kings, queens and governors who ruled and called Ronda their home.

Some History.

The palace was the home of the Moorish King Abomelic I (also known as Abomelic Abd al-Malik, and in some history books as Abbel Mallek), who reigned all too briefly yet who initiated a golden age in the city and implemented some large construction projects. It is likely the palace already existed when Abomelic first arrived in Andalusia, with most experts seeming to agree the years 1306-1314 as likely dates of construction.

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Arriving at Ronda’s Bus and Rail Stations

Quick directions to the bullring (plaza de toros) and other main monuments.
Bus station:
Exit the bus station and follow Calle San Jose to it’s end, then turn left into Calle Doctor Fleming (maps show it as Calle Jerez), and keep going till you reach the Ronda bullring
Train station:

Exit the railway station and walk straight ahead crossing the road in front and walk along Avenida Martinez Astein until you reach Carerra Espinel (known locally as La Bola), then turn right and keep going down hill through this pedestrian shopping street till you reach the bullring.

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What is there to see in Ronda Spain?

Welcome to one of Spain’s most visited cities (and for good reason.) Our little city is very compact and in fact from arriving in Ronda, to seeing the Real Maestranza bullring, the Puente Nuevo and El Tajo gorge, the many beautiful churches, our museums, or the wonderful coffee shops, restaurants and tapas bars, we have it all within a short 30 minute walk so a guide and map for Ronda Spain would be helpful?

We have received many emails from people asking for a printed version of Ronda Today so we have created a 21 page A4 essential Guide and map for Ronda Spain  from some of the most popular articles on this website.

At just 5 Euros (Paypal) It is well worth the small investment if you are planning to visit the “City of Dreams” for a week, a couple of days or just a day. The guide contains Ronda Todays’ most important tourist information articles and includes a map of Ronda city, the most popular monuments and nearby places to visit including information on the Sierra de Grazalema and the white villages (Pueblos Blancos).

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Just click the link below, pay via Paypal and you will receive an email with a link to download the guide to your computer. It’s a PDF document so you can store it on your machine and print it straight away.

If you don’t want to use paypal then drop me a line at clive@rondatoday.com for other methods of payment. However, paypal is free to use, takes almost all types of payment cards and you don’t need to create a paypal account to use the service. Best of all it is free (No transfer charges) for the buyer.

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Alameda Park and El Balcon del Tajo

Stretching from the Parador Hotel, around to Park Blas Infante, and along Paseo Hemingway there are some of the most impressive views in Ronda. The Alameda Park and El Balcon del Tajo changes to  the Paseo de los ingleses which takes you towards the bullring and Parador.

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.

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