Ronda, one of the oldest cities in Spain, is about 100 kilometers from Malaga. The atmosphere is nice and relaxed, offers spectacular views thanks to its location in a 120 meter deep gorge and is one of the main reasons why you should visit the Spanish province of Andalusia.
You don’t want to miss these things if you are on a city break in Ronda, Andalusia
The beginning of your city trip in Ronda: Puente Nuevo
The city grew up under the Romans and Moors – just like the rest of Andalusia – and you can feel that history all over this city, where 36,000 people live. Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles had their summer vacation there. One of the attractions is the Puente Nuevo, a stone bridge that spans the Tajo de Ronda Gorge with the Guadalevin River as one of three bridges. The bridge connects the north of the city – with slightly less interesting sights – with the old southern part. It’s also a great base from which to explore the city.
Via Case del Moro to the deepest gorge in Andalusia
The first stop is Casa del Rey Moro, named after the Moorish king who never lived there as it was built in the 18th century, long after the Moors left Spain. It also has a Moorish garden that was laid out in 1912. What makes this building so special is the water mine under the building, which was built by the Moorish king when Ronda was attacked.
In the water mine, you descend about 300 steps through dark corridors and rooms, including the Sala de Secretos. This room works like a whispering gallery like the one you find in St Paul’s Cathedral in London. If you speak to someone across the room from one side of the room, they will hear you perfectly, while someone in the middle of the room will not understand what is being said. Try it!
When you’re (finally) down, you’ll suddenly find yourself at the bottom of the great canyon you were looking into before. Birds fly up and down between the rocks and the blue-green water of the river ripples gently through the gorge. There is an almost calm silence. Then you can go up all 300 steps to return to Casa del Rey Moro – the only entrance and exit.
Jardines de Cuenca
If you cross the Puento Viejo – you can see the gardens from the Casa del Rey Moro – you can stroll through the Jardines de Cuenca. From these gardens you can enjoy fantastic views of the gorge and perhaps the best views of old Ronda. Now go on to La Ciudad, back over the Puento Viejo.
Inquisition and witches in the Museo de Lara
I always like the small, nondescript museums in cities like this one, especially when there are crazy or flashy collections on display. So I definitely didn’t skip the Museo Lara. It is located in the palace of the Count of the Bataan Islands and houses the collection of the jury of Juan Antonio Lara. The collection consists of a wide variety of objects such as old clocks, clocks, weapons and bullfighter memorabilia. But this museum is especially worth it because of the cellar. Here you will find exhibits about the Spanish inquisition and witchcraft, instruments of torture and the most bizarre creatures made up of several stuffed animals that seem to have moved away from a painting by Jeroen Bosch. For example a tarantula with a bat head. Creepy!
City trip along the city wall and the romantic places in Ronda
Now continue your tour to Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, Ronda’s most beautiful and romantic square. It’s calm, green and there is a lot to see. The most notable building is the Iglesia de Santa Maria del Mayor, built on the ruins of a mosque. Moorish influences can still be seen in the Moorish style. This place is especially magical at night.
For the next stop you have to walk a bit, to the Baños Arabas. You walk a little further along the high walls of Ronda, just outside the city walls, and you reach the Arab bathhouse from the 12th century. This is one of the best preserved Arabic hammams in Spain. Here, too, you will of course find the recognizable Moorish style with the star-shaped light and air holes in the dome ceilings as a highlight.
Ronda offers many other attractions, such as several museums and a bullring. But above all, Ronda offers the ultimate experience of Spain. It is beautiful in every season, especially in autumn and spring when the surrounding mountains are in bloom. You can fly a few tens from Eindhoven Airport to Malaga. From there it is a little more than an hour and a half by car to what I think is one of the most beautiful historical cities in Europe.
Ronda at night
Tip: Book at least one night and wait for the large tourist groups to leave the city in the evening. Then peace returns to the city and it becomes a beautiful, romantic and sleepy city. The tapas restaurants are packed with locals and the narrow streets in the old town are beautifully lit. Red wine in hand, a dish of tapas in front of you and enjoy. Romántico!
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