THINGS TO DO IN RONDA
One of the most interesting places to visit in the whole of southern Spain, Ronda is the closest big town to Molino del Santo, only fifteen minutes away by car or twenty by train. Ronda is the centre of the Serrania and is a bustling town with gorgeous architecture, both Roman and Arabic, winding streets, one of the oldest bullrings in Spain and, of course, the famous bridge.
The old town is the highlight of any Ronda visit. Visit in the afternoon when all the coach trips have left and drink in the atmosphere of the peace of the old streets and impressive buildings – maybe get your eye in with all the grilles on the windows, reflecting the grandeur of the owner – solid metal on a large scale, fancy adornment and intricate design are signs of a house where money was available to show off.
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Ronda Bullring Whilst we respect people’s varying opinions of bullfighting, we would suggest that you need to understand a little of it if you want to become more familiar with Spanish culture. Whatever your opinions of the activity, the building is splendid and is used for many other functions rather than just bullfighting. The bullring has an excellent museum tracing the history of the bullfight in the town.
Ronda Bullring – Calle Virgen de la Paz, 15, 29400, Ronda; Rmcr.org.
Puente Nuevo The New Bridge is the symbol of Ronda and its most famous landmark. It is called the New Bridge because there are two older and much smaller bridges crossing the river which date back to Roman times. The first attempt at the new bridge was built in 1735 but unfortunately it fell to the ground so was replaced. This new one took more than 40 years to build and was designed by José Martín de Aldehuela. It was completed in 1784, 120 metres high, and allows a connection between the old and new parts of the city. It allows spectacular views both of the gorge and of the surrounding hills.
Puente Nuevo – El Tajo, 29400, Ronda.
Arab Baths Ronda’s Baños Árabes are the best conserved arab baths in the Iberian Peninsula. They are located in the old arab quarter of the city, being originally just outside the arab medina of Ronda.
Baños Árabes – Calle San Miguel, s/n, 29400, Ronda.
Palacio de Mondragón This palace is special because of its architectural features and is the most important civil monument in Ronda. It is located in a beautifully quiet part of town and is a calm place to have a wonder around. You will also find a museum explaining many aspects of life in the Serrania de Ronda on the upper floor of this building.
Palacio de Mondragón – Plaza Mondragón, 5, 29400, Ronda.
Casa del Rey Moro is one of the more unusual of Ronda attractions. This Moorish building is uneven with labyrinth-like corridors and gardens perched on terraces overlooking the gorge. In the interior there is an Arabic mine for holding water, which reaches to the depth of the gorge via a staircase 60 metres down.
Casa del Rey Moro – Calle Santo Domingo, 9, 29400, Ronda.
Arch of Philip V This is another symbol of Ronda. It is situated a bit further away from the city centre than most of the other sights. It was built to replace the Arab Gate before it, and was constructed during the reign of Philip V in 1742.
Arch of Philip V – Calle Real, 29400, Ronda.
Eating in Ronda There are dozens of places to eat in Ronda – from friendly neighbourhood tapas bars to smart restaurants – but as they come in and out of fashion and their standards vary accordingly, we suggest you consult with reception for our latest information as to the best bars and restaurants in Ronda.
Bodegas Ronda wines have improved hugely in quality in the last ten years to the extent that it’s increasingly one of the town’s major attractions. There are now 22 bodegas in the Ronda area offering a wide range of high quality (products) wines, within the denomination Sierras de Málaga (mountains of Málaga) there is now a sub-region called Serranía de Ronda (mountains of Ronda). We can recommend bodega visits – especially as most of them are small scale operations and the owners are justifiably proud to show you the fruits of their hard labours.
We especially recommend visits to the following bodegas whose wines we feature on our wine list:
Bodega Conrad: Wines include the intense Soleón (Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Petit Verdot) and the fruity San Lorenzo (Pinot Noir/ Tempranillo). (Vinosconrad.com).
Bodega Joaquín Fernández: Wines include our most popular Rosé Finca los Frutales (Merlot/ Syrah) and the intriguing Blanco de Tinta white wine made from Garnacha and Merlot grapes. (Bodegajf.es).
Bodega Kieninger: One of the newer ecological bodegas which make the award-winning Vinana Coupage (Cabernet Sauvignon/ Franc/ Merlot). (Bodegakieninger.com).
Bodega F. Schatz: One of the pioneers of wine in the area, the bodega is situated near Ronda la Vieja. The first ecological bodega and winner of many awards. We stock his Rosé, Chardonnay and Sanguijuela Coupage made from Trollinger grape. (F-schatz.com).
Bodega Vetas: Another highly regarded pioneer of wine making in the area, the bodega is situated south of the village of Arriate. Producers of superb, prize-winning quality wines includes the elegant Vetas Petit-Verdot. (Bodegavetas.com).
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