In Ronda, Spain
How to Spend 1 Perfect Day in Ronda
Okay, I know I say this about every city in Spain but Ronda really is the most spectacular place!
We drove from Sevilla to Ronda and the drive alone was just so breathtaking! As we were driving we saw a small town perched up on a hill and decided to stop in for a closer look.
The town is called Zahara de la Sierra and albeit small its beauty speaks for itself.
Unfortunately, most of the town was still asleep when we arrived early morning so we had a coffee at the one place that was open and continued our drive to Ronda. It’s worth a quick visit if you’re driving through the south of Spain. Being that its total population is about 1,000 people, I don’t think there is much to do here other than admire its beauty and climb the castle at the top of the hill. I’m not sure if there is even a hotel.
And then we arrived at this jaw dropping city: Ronda.
We stayed at Hotel Catalonia Ronda and although it was only 1 night we had a great experience with the staff, rooms, and amenities!
After checking in, we were getting hungry so we stopped for brunch at Las Maravillas.
From there, we walked down to the astounding Tajo Gorge and Puente Nuevo. Each side of the gorge is 100 meters (328 feet) deep. Finally completed in 1793 after forty years of construction, the beautiful Puente Nuevo is Ronda’s most famous attraction. The bridge joins the “old town” to the “new town (El Mercadillo).”
If you walk down the moorish “old town” almost to the very end you will find a pathway leading to the “Mirador Puente Nuevo de Ronda.” It requires a steep walk down a dusty and not so drawn out path. But when you reach the end and see the view of the gorge and bridge, your efforts will be rewarded!
- Tip: you will need sneakers to successfully reach the viewpoint! My mom was wearing sandals and as the path is very steep and rocky she opted to stay at the small park above the pathway entrance and admire the view from above instead.
We walked back up through old town to La Casa del Rey Moro (7€/pp). The moorish king’s home dates back to the 14th century and is made up of three parts: a water mine from the Muslim period (14th century), and a neo-Mudejar style house, and a garden (18th century). Buy your tickets at the door and download the audio guide here: La Casa del Rey Moro. The coolest part is visiting the mine that goes as far down as the river. When you reach the end, you can really appreciate just how far down the gorge goes. It is worth a visit!
After all that walking and hiking, we were ready for some refreshing cocktails. My parents actually found a bar right next door with unparalleled views of the Tajo Gorge and both Puente Nuevo and Puente Viejo.
This cute little bar was called Terraza “Chill Out.” The mojitos were good but the views were better.
Even in the spring (mid May), it’s hot in the south of Spain so we headed back to our hotel for a dip in the rooftop pool. After cooling off we headed to the Mirador de Ronda which was right across from our hotel. This is a must see at sunset!
We had dinner reservations (which we made that same morning) for Albacara inside Hotel Montelirio. I picked this place for my birthday dinner for the views, but we later learned it was also on the Michelin guide of restaurant. The service wasn’t it for me, but the food and views definitely made up for it.
I can confirm that the view of Puente Nuevo is just as gorgeous after nightfall.
Although it was a long day with a lot of sightseeing and walking, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. If you know me, you know Andalucia will always have my heart. I instantly gravitate towards this region of Spain whenever we plan a trip and therefore, I am always searching for new cities in Andalucia to visit. When we decided on a trip to Spain, I did a quick search and came up on Ronda and I just knew I had to go, and we are all so glad we did!
Spending my birthday here was pure magic and I loved every minute of this day!
We were off to bed to wake up early the next morning for a quick breakfast and to drive out to our next destination…Malaga, Spain.