Ronda

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Introduction

Ronda is a town in the mountains of the Malaga Province in Andalusia. The town's most famous feature is the bridge (Puente Nuevo) that spans the Tajo Canyon.

Ronda was first settled by the early Celts, and later inhabited by Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans. The Moors left an indelible imprint in the city, which only fell to the Christian reconquista in 1485. In more recent times, the town has hosted a number of well-known writers, including Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, James Joyce, and the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke.

Ronda is divided into three neighbourhoods: the more modern Mercadillo, with the bus and train stations and other services; La Ciudad, the old Moorish quarter which has been largely preserved; and the Barrio de San Francisco. The town makes a good base for outdoor pursuits, including hiking, canoeing and river kayaking, and mountain biking.

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Sights and Activities

Puente Nuevo. This large and incredible bridge over the Tajo gorge, finished in 1793, is Ronda's principal attraction. The bridge is 70 m long and 98 m high, equivalent to a 30-floor building, and connects the quarter of La Ciudad with the Mercadillo. It was built following the collapse of an earlier bridge from 1735; this bridge had a single arch of 35m but collapsed six years after construction, killing 50 people. There are beautiful views from here of the Sierra de Grazalema to the west. A small museum is inside.
Plaza de Toros, Calle Virgen de la Paz, 15, ☏ +34 952 874 132 (tickets), fax: +34 952 870 379, ✉ info@realmaestranza.org. Nov-Feb 10:00-18:00, Mar 10:00-19:00, Apr-Sep 10:00-20:00, Oct 10:00-19:00; closed on bullfighting days in September. The oldest and one of the most highly regarded of Spain's bull rings, built in 1785 in the neoclassical style. This is considered to be the cradle of modern Spanish bullfighting, where Pedro Romero (1754-1839) developed a new style of fighting bulls on foot (and not from horseback as had been done previously); he also was the first to begin using a red cloth. Romero retired after he had killed 5000 bulls and remained uninjured. His son and grandson carried on the tradition. €6.50, €8 (with audioguide). Also located inside is a bullfighting museum.
Parque Alameda (near the bull ring). A nice park with shady trees and ample walking space. You can see wonderful panoramas from the viewing platforms.
Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor (Church of Santa Maria la Mayor). M-Sa 10:00-19:00; Su 10:00-12:30, 14:00-19:00. This is most important church in Ronda, built after the reconquista on the site of town's former principal Moorish mosque, with construction lasting from 1485 until the end of the 17th century. The only features remaining from the mosque are the arch of the mirhab and a section of its wall covered with stucco, both hidden behind the retable of the main altar; additionally the former minaret was converted to the bell tower. This is a Gothic-style church that, inside, has elements of the Baroque and Rococo, as the church was partly rebuilt following the earthquake of 1580. The walnut and cedar choir seating dates from the Renaissance period. An unusual feature is a balcony on the front side of the church which faces the Ayuntamiento (city hall). €4 (adults), €3 (seniors), €2 (children under 10/Ronda residents).
1Museo de Peinado (Palacio de Moctezuma), Calle de San Juan Bosco, 78 (Plaza del Gigante), ☏ +34 952 87 15 85, ✉ museopeinado@obrasocialunicaja.com. M-F 10:00-17:00, Sa and holidays 10:00-15:00; closed 25 Dec, 1 Jan and 6 Jan. Joaquin Peinade was born in 1898 in Ronda and died in 1975 in Paris. Artistically he was a descendant of Cézanne and spiritual son of Picasso, and he is often described as the most elegant of the painters from the so-called 'Spanish School' of Paris. Paintings from the painter's career, which spanned from 1923-1974 are on display. The collection includes more than 190 pieces, including some lesser-known works from the painter's private collection. Particularly noteworthy paintings include Still Life with Pears, Figure with Dove, Fruit Basket, and Female Nude. The museum is housed in a palace named after the last Aztec king, in the center of La Ciudad. The building from the 19th century has mixed architectural influences, and both courtyards are worth looking at. €4 (adults), €2 (seniors/students), free (children under 14); free on Tu afternoons.

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Events and Festivals

During the first week of September every year the Feria de Pedro Romero is held which usually starts on a Tuesday evening with a firework display and continues until the Sunday evening. Thursday afternoon is one of the best times to celebrate the feria in the centre of the town principally in the Plaza Socorro and the Plaza Carmen Abela and the main pedestrianized street known locally as the Bola ( Calle Espinel). In the evening celebrations take place on the outskirts of town a designated area for the fun fare and the tents with live music. At the weekend there are two bull fights one on foot and one on horseback.On the Sunday morning the bull ring also plays host to 'La Goyesca' which is a display of horse drawn carriages driven my locals in their finery from the period of Goya.

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Getting There

By Train

Ronda Raiway Station, Avenida de la Victoria, 31 (approx 900 m NE from the centre), ☏ +34 902 432 343. M-F 07:00-22:00, Sa Su and holidays 07:00-21:00. There are direct connections by train with Algeciras, Malaga, Antequera, Granada, Cordoba and Madrid.

A taxi from the train station to the quarter of La Ciudad should cost about €7, or it takes about 20 minutes to reach it on foot.

By Car

From Marbella on the Costa del Sol, the scenic road A-376 leads through the mountains north. Plan on 1-1½ hours for the 43-km journey, which after many hairpin curves reaches an elevation of 1,125 m before descending to Ronda. At the highest point is a monument to the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, in the form of a stone memorial with a stylized pen nib.

For a scenic route from Seville, head south on A-376 to Utrera, and then take A-375 to Puerta Serrana, and A-384/374 further on to Ronda.

From Jerez de la Frontera, take A-382 west to Arcos de la Frontera, continue on A-384 past the exit to Puerta Serrana and Seville, and pick up A-374 to Ronda.

Distances to Ronda: Madrid 612 km, Algecoras 100 km, Cadiz 150 km.

By Bus

Bus Station, Calle Comandante Salvador Carrasco (approx 400 m west from the railway station along the Avenida de Andalusia). Five companies offer service to Ronda. From Málaga the easiest access is by bus, with Los Amorillos buses costing around €10 and taking about two hours.

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Getting Around

Ronda is a small town, both easily and best navigated on foot.

While driving in by car may be interesting - once within Ronda - park it! Ronda is difficult to navigate by car, especially in the older quarters. In some parts - non-resident cars aren't even allowed to use the streets! There are two reasonably convenient public car parks in the Mercadillo: an underground garage beneath the Plaza del Socorro; and another car park on Avenida Poeta Rilke, north of the bull ring.

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Eat

Avoid the restaurants in the tourist area during the day, as they are overpriced and often only full of other tourists! Look for smaller cafes and bars. A quick breakfast usually consists of toast (pan tostada) and coffee (cafe con leche – coffee with milk; be sure to add the pack of sugar always served with it for a real treat.) If you are looking for an inexpensive snack or lunch, any bar will be able to make you a sandwich (bocadillo) with your choice of ham, cheese, or tomato. Also, look for bakeries (pastelerias), as Spain has some of the finest pastries around.

Pizzeria Telepizza, Calle Jerez, 9 (Mercadillo), ☏ +34 952 87 17 18. Part of a Spanish chain.
Cafe Bar Bodega San Francisco, Plaza Ruedo Alameda, 32 (Barrio de San Francisco), ☏ +34 952 87 81 62. M-W F-Su 11:00-01:00. Good place for eating authentic Andalusian food, just outside the ancient walls of the old town.
Patatín-Patatán, Calle Lorenzo Borrego, 7 (Mercadillo, near E side of Plaza Socorro), ☏ +34 647 23 66 99. M Tu Th-Su 11:00-16:00, 19:00-23:00. A popular family-run tapas bar with good seafood and chorizo.
Restaurante Don Javier, Calle Virgen de la Paz, 7 (Mercadillo), ☏ +34 952 87 20 20.
Restaurante Don Miguel, Plaza de España, 4-5 (Mercadillo, Plaza de España), ☏ +34 952 87 10 90. Has a number of tables on the terrace with views of the bridge.
Albacara Restaurant (La Ciudad, in the Hotel Montelirio), ☏ +34 952 16 11 84, +34 952 87 38 55. There are several tables on a terrace with views of the Puente Nuevo. edit
Sol y Sombra, Calle Virgen de la Paz, 26 (Mercadillo, a short distance down the street from the bull ring), ☏ +34 952 18 71 76, fax: +34 952 18 71 77, ✉ rsolysombra@hotelmaestranza.com.

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Drink

Near Ronda, high quality wines are produced in small wineries. Also you can find "Anis del Tajo".

Huskies Sport Bar, Calle Molino, 1, ☏ +34 661 46 49 77. This bar is run by a man who used to live in America and it's decently priced and has a good atmosphere.

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Sleep

There are plenty of hotels in the area of town tourists are likely to want to stay, on some streets it looks like more of the buildings are hotels than are not.

Hostal Doña Carmen, Calle Naranja, 28 (Mercadillo), ☏ +34 952 87 19 94. €20+/singles.
Hostal Ronda Sol, Calle de la Almendra, 11 (La Ciudad), ☏ +34 952 87 44 97, ✉ info@hostalrondasol.es. Check-in: 14:00-, check-out: 08:00-12:00. A family-run place; the mother of the family at least speaks fluent French as well as Spanish. €17/singles, €29/doubles; all rooms have shared bathroom.
Hotel Andalucía, Avda Martínez Astein, 19 (Mercadillo, across from the train station), ☏ +34 952 87 54 50, fax: +34 952 87 54 50, ✉ info@hotel-andalucia.net. Check-in: 13:00-21:00, check-out: 12:00. Free Wi-Fi, baggage storage. €22+/singles, €30+/doubles, €4 for breakfast.
Hotel Morales, Calle Sevilla, 51 (Mercadillo), ☏ +34 952 87 15 38, fax: +34 952 16 13 09. Check-in: 13:00-20:00, check-out: 08:00-12:00. Free Wi-Fi, bicycles available for rent. €35+.
Hotel Acinipo, Paseo Blas Infante (near the bullring in the Mercadillo), ☏ +34 952 16 10 02, fax: +34 952 16 10 02, ✉ info@hotelaciniporonda.com. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. Has an onsite restaurant and non-smoking rooms. Free Wi-Fi, luggage storage available. €50+/doubles.
Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria, Calle Jerez, 25 (Mercadillo), ☏ +34 952 87 12 40, ✉ booking@hoteles-catalonia.es. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. A large hotel on the edge of the cliff, with great views. Free wi-fi, gym, pool, breakfast, restaurant on-site. €65+.
Hotel Enfrente Arte Ronda, Calle Real, 42 (Mercadillo), ☏ +34 95 287 90 88, fax: +34 952 87 72 17, ✉ reservations@enfrentearte.com. This hotel is almost entirely designed with recycled materials. Free wi-fi. €80-105 including breakfast.
Hotel Maestranza, Calle Virgen de la Paz, 24-26 (Mercadillo, across from the bullring), ☏ +34 952 18 70 72, fax: +34 952 19 01 70, ✉ reservas@hotelmaestranza.com. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. Has onsite restaurant/bar, free wi-fi. €66+/doubles.
Hotel Ronda, Calle Ruedo Doña Elvira, 12 (La Ciudad), ☏ +34 952 87 22 32, fax: +34 34 952 87 76 18, ✉ reservas@hotelronda.net. Formerly a family home, this has been remodeled into a tasteful and quiet five-room hotel a short walk from the Puente Nuevo. Free wi-fi, breakfast included. €60+/doubles. edit
Hotel El Tajo, Calle Cruz Verde, 7 (Mercadillo), ☏ +34 952 87 40 40, fax: +34 952 87 50 99, ✉ reservas@hoteleltajo.com. Has on-site restaurant and bar, free Wi-Fi. €35+/singles, €50+/doubles; breakfast included.
Hotel Molino del Arco, artido de los Frontones (10km north of Ronda), ☏ +34 952 11 40 17, ✉ info@hotelmolinodelarco.com. Check-in: 14:00-, check-out: 08:00-12:00. Has onsite restaurant/bar, swimming pool, rents bicycles. €80+/doubles.
Hotel Montelirio, Calle Tenorio, 8 (La Ciudad), ☏ +34 95 287 38 55, fax: +34 952 16 11 85, ✉ recepcion@hotelmontelirio.com. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. In the old town with a view of the Puente Nuevo from most of the rooms. €87-130.
Parador de Ronda, Plaza de España (Mercadillo), ☏ +34 952 87 75 00, fax: +34 952 87 81 88, ✉ ronda@parador.es. In a location with direct views over the gorge and the Puente Nuevo. Has swimming pool and onsite restaurant. Free Wi-Fi. €120+.
Finca Parchite, Crta. Campillos, km 32.5 (13 km N of Ronda), ☏ +34 610 28 72 42, ✉ patricia@fincaparchite.es.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is widely available within Spain. Most airports have wifi-zones and in most towns there are internet cafés or shops where you can use internet for a fixed price. Wi-Fi points in bars and cafeterias are available after ordering, and most hotels offer Wi-Fi connection in common areas for their guests.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international access code for Spain is +34. The emergency number for police, ambulance and the fire brigade is 112.

In cities you can find plenty of public phones, and 'locutorios'. The latter are small shops where you can use the phone and use internet. Most of them also sell prepaid cards for mobile telephones. These shops are used a lot by foreigners to call to their mother country.

The main mobile network operators in Spain are Yoigo, Vodafone, Movistar and Orange, as in most of Europe voice and data coverage is generally good in urban areas however it can be patchy in rural locations. Cheap mobile phones (less than €50) with some pre-paid minutes are sold at FNAC or any phone operator's shop (Vodafone, Movistar, Orange). Topping-up is then done by buying scratch cards from the small stores, supermarkets, vending points (often found in tobacco shops) or kiosks.

Post

If you want to post a card, you can head to the post office (Correos). The Spanish post is not yet as efficient as colleagues in other countries so receiving a card can take a bit longer than the number of days that it should take. On the website of Correos, you can find the locations of nearby post offices.
Post offices are generally open from 8:30am to 2:00pm, although times will vary according to the size of the city/town and the main post offices might be open until the early evening. Most will also open again on Saturday mornings, but in the smaller towns will close as early as 12 noon. When posting a letter, look for a yellow box and, if possible, post at the post office itself where there will also be divisions for local, national and international mail. Be prepared for long queues at the post office. This is why tobacco shops sell stamps and many will also have the facility to weigh packages. Standard letters/postcards of up to 20 grams sent within Spain are €0.34. However, non-standard letters/postcards of up to 20g are €0.39. Letters/postcards of 20 to 50 grams are €0.45. In the case of international shipping, the price is €0.64 to most countries within Europe for standard envelopes (letters/postcards) up to 20g, for a few European countries and outside Europe it is €0.78. If you want to send a package you are probably better off with a private courier company like TNT, DHL or UPS, as they offer quick and reliable services against competitive prices.

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Quick Facts

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Population
36.827
Coordinates
  • Latitude: 36.740535
  • Longitude: -5.165892

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