If you find yourself in the fortunate situation of being able to spend a week or more in Ronda, you’re in for a treat.

Set amidst spectacular scenery in Malaga Province, this picturesque town is known for its iconic eighteenth bridge, which arches over the plummeting El Tajo gorge beneath, and offers fabulous restaurants and wealth of historical sites.

Discover why Ronda is Andalucia‘s third most-visited destination with our ultimate guide to Malaga’s most scenic town, with a full list of the best things to do in Ronda.

Ready? Grab your sunglasses and let’s go exploring.

The 3 top must-sees in Ronda

1. El Tajo de Ronda

Luxury rentals in central Ronda with private pool

No trip to Ronda would be complete without witnessing the captivating beauty of El Tajo, the gorge that divides the city into two parts: the ancient Moorish Old Town and the modern new town. The canyon and its surrounding valleys are best viewed from the Puente Nuevo, or New Bridge, a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture that spans the Guadalevir river.

El Tajo de Ronda is not only a natural wonder, but also a cultural and literary treasure, providing the inspiration for Earnest Hemingway’s novel ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’.

Top tip: Stay at our beautiful pedigree townhouse Casa Amaia and enjoy your own private views of El Tajo gorge.

2. The Old City

If you want to discover the true essence of Ronda, then the Old City is a must.  Known as La Ciudad, this part of the town extends South of the famous Puente Nuevo Bridge. Featuring cobbled streets, charming squares and examples of Moorish architecture, this area is perfect for a morning of aimless wandering taking in the sites.

Top tip: To get the best out of your visit to the Old City, visit early in the morning or later in the evening when the streets are quieter away from day-trippers, and the temperature is a little cooler.

3. Plaza de Toros (& royal cavalry of Ronda)

Completed in 1785, Ronda’s bullring was declared a National Heritate Site in 1993. Known locally as the Real Maestranza de Caballería, its the oldest and one of the most attractive in Spain. This unique bullring offers a fascinating glimpse into Spain’s (often controversial) heritage of bullfighting and equestrian arts.

Nowadays, the Plaza de Toros is mostly a museum and cultural centre, and it continues to house the Royal Riding School teaching professional dressage. It is used only for its original purpose during the spectacular September Goyesca bullfights and annual festival, in which the townsfolk dress in the manner of Goya’s portraits of 18th century life in Spain.

Where is Plaza de Toros? C. Virgen de la Paz, 15, 29400 Ronda.

When to visit? 10:00 – 18:00 November to February, 10:00 – 19:00 March to October. Partially closed early September for the Goyesca festival

Website: Royal Cavalry and Bullring of Ronda

Other must-sees

  • Castillo del Laurel: Explore the historic Castillo del Laurel, a captivating fortress with a fascinating past.
  • Puerta de Almocabar: Step through Puerta de Almocabar, a medieval gateway to Ronda’s enchanting Old Town.
  • Murallas del Carmen: Discover the ancient city walls, Murallas del Carmen, that once protected Ronda.
  • Fuente de los Ocho Caños: Charming eight-spout 18th century fountain.
  • Plaza España: Revel in the lively ambiance of Plaza España, a bustling square at the heart of Ronda.
  • Plaza del Socorro: Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Plaza del Socorro, a central square surrounded by cafes and shops.
  • Plaza Duquesa de Parcent: Experience the elegance of Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, a picturesque square renowned for its tranquil atmosphere.
  • Talleres de Granados Somera: Explore the artisan workshops at Talleres de Granados Somera.
  • Ernest Hemingway Sculpture/Orson Welles Sculpture/Hemingway/Welles Tour: Tap into Ronda’s literary history with sculptures and tours dedicated to Hemingway and Orson Welles.
  • LA Organic: Savour exquisite organic products at LA Organic, a boutique offering a taste of Andalusian luxury.

The 4 best viewpoints in Ronda

Mirador Puente Nuevo de Ronda New Bridge

For a truly unforgettable experience, take a short walk down a steep but well paved path from Plaza de Maria to a viewpoint approximately halfway down the gorge, where you will be treated to incredible views of the New Bridge.

Consider visiting with a local guide who’ll not only provide some fascinating insights but also have transport waiting at the bottom to whisk you back to the town, sparing you the tiring hike back.

Where is Puento Nuevo? C. Tenorio, 20, 29400 Ronda, Málaga

Alameda del Tajo

Located next to the bullring, this 19th century park culminates in a sheer drop (don’t worry, there are railings!). From here you can enjoy expansive westward views of the neighbouring Grazalema Natural Park, the highest peaks of which are often snow-capped in winter.

For an extra special visual treat, visit in Autumn when the park comes alive with a rich tapestry of colours.

Where is Alameda del Tajo? P.º Blas Infante, 1, 29400 Ronda, Málaga


One of the two original – and much lower – crossings that Puente Nuevo was designed to replace, Ronda’s “Old Bridge” dates from the early seventeenth century and offers views of the canyon and the rolling farmland south of town.

Where is Puente Viejo? C. Real, 2, 29400 Ronda, Málaga


Named after Cuenca, a hilltop town halfway between Madrid and Valencia with which Ronda is twinned, these gardens consist of a series of terraces pinned to the edge of the gorge. Follow them all the way down – lingering in the colourful rose garden on the way – and you’ll end up on Puente Viejo.

Where are Jardines de Cuenca? C. Escolleras, 1, 29400 Ronda, Málaga

some other incredible views in Ronda

  • Paseo de los Ingleses
  • Mirador de Aldehuela
  • Calle La Bola
  • Mirador de Ronda

must-visit Ronda Museums

1. Palacio de Mondragón

A firm favourite with The Luxury Villa Collection team, the Palacio de Mondragón is is one of Ronda’s finest remaining instances of Arabic architecture and dates back to the 14th century. Key features include tranquil inner courtyards, intricate tile mosaics and cliffside gardens. There’s also a museum housing Roman and Moorish relics.

Where is Palacio de Mondragón? Plaza Mondragón, s/n, 29400 Ronda

Opening times: Monday to Friday 10:00 – 13:45 and 15:00 – 18:00, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 -15:00.

Website: Palacio de Mondragón

2. Arab Baths Archaeological Site

Tucked away in the old Jewish quarter, Ronda’s Arab baths date back to the 13th and 15th centuries and are considered the best preserved in Spain. The Arab Baths served both a practical and spiritual purpose for the Moors, and although buried by floods over time, the three rooms with star-shaped skylights have been meticulously restored to their original splendour.

Where are the Arab Baths? C/ Molino de Alarcón, Ronda, 29400

Opening times: Tuesday to Friday 09:30 – 19:00, Saturday 10:00 – 14:00 and 15:00 – 18:00, Sunday 10:00 – 15:00, Monday 10:00 – 14:00 and 15:00 – 18:00.

Website: Ronda’s Arab baths

3. La Casa del Rey Moro

Another favourite of ours is the enchanting Casa del Rey Moro, an incredible 18th century palace with Moorish-style gardens. Its pièce de résistance is the 14th century ‘water mine’ ingeniously carved into the solid rock. Descend 300 winding steps through intriguing caverns and emerge by the babbling river at the foot of the gorge. Make sure you take water, though, as there’s only one way back up!

Where is La Casa del Rey Moro? C. Cta. de Santo Domingo, 9, 29400 Ronda

Opening times: 10:00 – 21:30 May to September, 10:00 – 20:00 October to April.

Website: Casa del Rey Moro

4.   Reservatauro Ronda

Owned and run by local bullfighter Rafael Tejada, this vast bull- and horse-breeding ranch is situated a ten-minute drive outside the town. Guided 4X4 tours take visitors through the countryside, enabling glimpses of the magnificent fighting bull in its natural habitat. You can even round off a visit with lunch and a wine tasting.

Where is Reservatauro Ronda? Carr. Ronda Campillos, km 34, 29400, Málaga

Opening times: Open every day 10.00 – 18.00

Website: Reservatauro Ronda

Other Ronda museums to explore

  • Centro de interpretacion del puento nuevo
  • Palacio de Salvatierra
  • Casa del Gigante
  • Museo de Carruaje de Ronda
  • Museo Lara
  • Casa Museo Don Bosco

3 best places to eat in Ronda

Whichever restaurant you choose in Ronda, we can say with confidence that you’re unlikely to be disappointed! However, we’ve picked out 3 of the best restaurants in Ronda:

1. Bardal

In this incredible Michelin-starred restaurant, Chef Benito Gómez crafts creative dishes inspired by local traditions. Two tasting menus, with 16 or 19 courses, offer wine pairings and a tempting trolley of Andalusian cheeses before a sumptuous dessert.

Where is Bardal? C. José Aparicio, 1, 29400 Ronda

Website: Restaurantebardal.com

2. Tragata

Boasting an eclectic decor with mismatched seating and quirky lighting, Tragata’s menu seamlessly blends Asian, Moroccan and Spanish flavours, offering imaginative twists on traditional dishes. With its lively ambience and modern vibe, this is a real favourite of ours.

Where is Tragata? Calle Nueva, 4, 29400 Ronda; Telephone: +34 952 87 72 09;

Website: Tragata.com

3. Restaurante Azahar

Located in Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria, this top fine-dining spot with stunning views across the mountains and gorge offers exquisite, high quality dishes presented in a fresh and innovative style

Where is Restaurant Azahar? Calle Jerez 25, Ronda 29400

Website: ebocarestaurants.com/en/restaurants/azahar/

For more top tips on where to eat in Ronda, take a look at our Guide to Ronda’s best restaurants and tapas bars.

Churches in Ronda

Ronda’s churches stand as magnificent symbols of the town’s diverse history and spiritual legacy. Here is a selection of some of the finest:

Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor:

a majestic mosque turned catholic church showcasing stunning Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture.

Nuestra Señora del Socorro:

A charming 20th century parish church located on one of Ronda’s beautiful plazas. The current structure was built in the 1950s to replace the original 18th century church, which was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War.

Iglesia de Padre Jesús:

17th century catholic church renowned for its baroque style architectural beauty. Notable features include a Gothic arched entrance, Renaissance-style bell tower and an ornate image of Jesus which is paraded through the town every year on Holy Thursday.

Minaret of San Sebastian:

a historical monument with Moorish origins, offering a glimpse into Ronda’s diverse heritage.. Once attached to one of Moorish Ronda’s several mosques, this small tower was later converted into a bell tower for the San Sebastian church, which was destroyed in the 1600s

best places to visit near RONDA

It’s not just the town of Ronda itself which is worthy of a visit. The surrounding countryside is jam-packed with areas of outstanding natural beauty and sites of historic interest. See below for our pick of the best:

Parque Nacional Sierra de las Nieves

Only a 15-minute outside Ronda, this natural park is home to Andalusia’s most elaborate system of underground caves, along with 2,000-metre-high mountains and sulphurous water baths. Fauna includes 120 species of bird and the largest spider on Continental Europe

Parque Natural Sierra de Grazalema

On the other side of Ronda from Las Nieves is another natural park, home to a scattering of white villages – or Pubelos Blancos – dotted amongst the oak forests and mountains. Atlantic storms make this the rainiest spot on the Iberian Peninsula.

Cueva del Gato

Found near the village of Benaoján in the Grazalema Natural Park, this is the southern entrance to a network of underground chambers, lakes and caves. Its clear, cool waters make for a perfect summer swimming spot.

Where is Cueva del Gato? MA-7401 Km 3 Carretera de, 29370 Benaoján, Málaga

Cueva de la Pileta

Situated just south of the Cueva del Gato, this cave was discovered in 1905 by a local resident. Visit the interior to see Neolithic remains and Palaeolithic wall art representing animals such as horses, fish, goats, bulls and bison.

Where is Cueva de la Pileta? Cueva de la Pileta Parking, 29370 Benaoján, Málaga

The Ruins of Acinipo

Situated a half-hour drive north of Ronda, the ruins of the Roman town of Acinipo feature one of the best-preserved amiptheatres in Andalusia: you can still a section of tiered seating, the orchestra pit and actors’ changing rooms.

Where are the Ruins of Acipino? MA-8406, s/n, 29400 Ronda, Málaga

13 unforgettable experiences in ronda

We know many of our guests love to dig deeper into the culture, history and nature of our Spanish destinations. That’s why we’ve curated some exclusive, unforgettable activities designed to make your stay in Ronda truly memorable. Here are 13 of the most amazing experiences we can organise for your private group:

  • Access to the main events of the Ronda Romántica (May) and the Corrida Goyesca (August-September) de Ronda, or a private guide to show you around.
  • Private tours following the footsteps of Hemingway and Orson Welles in Ronda and around the pueblos blancos (whitewashed villages of the Serrania de Ronda).
  • Closed tour of the Real Maestranza (bullring) and private access to other places of interest around Ronda.
  • Romantic private dining at a selection of local beauty spots.
  • Advance reservations at the Michelin-starred Bardal and Tragata or have a local Michelin-grade chef cook up a feast for you and your guests in the comfort and privacy of your luxury villa.
  • Spectacular horse riding trails through the woodland of the Serranía de Ronda.
  • Bookings at Ascari race course for the ultimate VIP Ascari experience – perfect for motorsport enthusiasts.
  • Meditation in the Cueva de Pileta – open-eyed meditation sessions that take place in complete darkness.
  • Visits to the makers of international award-winning goats cheese, ‘Queso Payoyo’ produced in Ronda
  • Private wine tastings in some of the area’s finest boutique wineries followed by a gourmet lunch with the winemakers themselves
  • Tasting of Jamon de Castañas – fine cured ham made from very rare breed, chestnut-fed pigs.
  • Workshops with local artisans including seagrass weaving or ceramics.
  • Outdoor sports around Montejaque, Benaoján and Grazalema, such as hiking, cycling, mountain climbing, river walking and wild swimming.

When is the best time to visit Ronda, Spain?

Due to its inspiring setting, multitude of sights and picture-perfect squares, Ronda is very popular indeed with all visitors to this part of Spain. During the summer months it can become a bit much around the famous photo spots during the daytime with visitors from the coast, but early mornings and evenings are still a charm.

The best time to visit is Spring and Autumn, but if that’s not possible, then there are ways to avoid a queue to see that vista. Plan your sightseeing early in the morning or visit the sights at 7pm when the crowds have dispersed.

It’s worth remembering there’s more to Ronda than the famous miradors, so meander at leisure around the historic city and dwell on some of Ronda’s lesser-known delights.

How to get to Ronda

Ronda is best accessed from Malaga, from which it’s a 90-minute (and spectacular) drive, or about fifteen minutes longer on the train (change at Antequera Santa Ana).

Alternatively, if you’re flying into Seville, it’s just under a two-hour drive or a three-hour train ride.

From Gibraltar or Cadiz, you can take the picturesque railway from San Roque to Ronda, affectionately known as “Mr Henderson’a Railway” after its daring creator.

For a day trip from Marbella or San Pedro, the drive is an easy 55 minutes, and our private guides can collect you door to door.

Considering a visit to Ronda?

We’ve covered a lot of ground in this comprehensive guide, but if you want a condensed version of the best things to do in a day in Ronda, check out our must-see guide.

For travellers keen to explore the wider area, we have put together a handy guide on the best things to do in Andalucia, including visits to the glorious spectacle that is Seville Cathedral and the world famous Picasso Museum.

If you’re considering a visit to this picture-perfect region of Spain, why not explore our collection of villas in and around Ronda?

We look forward to welcoming you to Ronda soon!

Lindsay Gregory

Lindsay is the Founder and Curator of The Luxury Villa Collection. With over 22 years experience living and working in Spain, she's constantly in search of the most authentic and original travel experiences, coupled with the best villas, to help you enjoy Spain in style.

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