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A Marvellous City High in the Clouds
If you’re thinking of taking a trip through Spain, Ronda should top your list of places to visit! The warmth of its people, its excellent climate and its extraordinary location make our city the ideal place to immerse yourself in Spanish culture. Surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and traditional white towns ‘pueblos blancos,’ Ronda is situated in the south of Spain, in the Andalusian province of Malaga.
The city itself is divided into two distinct areas, bisected by the 100m deep ‘El Tajo’ gorge. In the more modern part of the city, you’ll find lively Spanish bars, the main shopping streets and the more urban side of Ronda. By contrast, the old town, much more tranquil, is renowned for its beautiful narrow streets and white-washed houses. It’s precisely in this part of the city that you’ll find Entrelenguas – a cultural hub in the San Francisco neighbourhood, just a stone’s throw from the main sites of interest in Ronda.
Why Ronda, Spain?
Only 45 minutes away from the sunny Costa del Sol, and two hours from Granada and Seville, Ronda provides you with the perfect base from which to explore everything Andalusia has to offer. Travelling by plane is problem-free, with daily flights from Malaga connecting you to the rest of Europe.
Ronda is the perfect place to explore on foot. A lot of history, culture and good food is crammed into a relatively small place so you can explore it all by walking around the city. With good connections by bus and train, especially from important cities such as Malaga, Cordoba and Seville, there’s no need to hire a car to explore this area. Although if you do have a car there are some unique and lesser-known places to visit slightly further afield which will supplement your exploration of the southern Spanish culture and the lifestyle of its friendly people.
With the city being so accessible, it’s possible to make it so that minimal time is spent travelling. You are really able to make the most of however long you have in Ronda, really exploring its culture and history. With just a walk across the famous bridge you’ll have already stepped foot into both the barrios, being able to see the differences between the old town and the more modern neighbourhood. The older San Francisco neighbourhood, whilst just a short walk from the centre itself, can be considered a little town of its own, boasting a community of shops, restaurants and bars. A trip to this neighbourhood offers great places for a pit-stop as well as the iconic old city entrance, the Almocábar gate. Exploring the winding streets lined with traditional white houses between the barrios, you’re right in amongst the people, walking their routes and seeing their lives. There’s no better way to get to know the city and its culture! For the hustle and bustle of the modern neighbourhood, a walk up Calle Espinel in the centre of the city will enlighten you to some great tapas bars and local traders, going up towards the north of the city.
Exploring the city, there’s plenty of different viewpoints of the Puente Nuevo, but the older bridges shouldn’t be forgotten. Set lower down in the gorge, the two other bridges joining the old and new parts of the city are a must-see. Each bridge was constructed at a different point in Ronda’s history, so the view from each one can allow you to imagine the life of the people who first crossed it. Not only the bridges but features of the town itself stand as memorials of the time it spans, with architecture from the ages. The story of Ronda unveils itself as you stroll around.
An important part of that story comes from its history with wine. Ronda wines have been significant to the development of the city, with the fruits of the vineyards having been especially cultivated over the years to produce local varieties. These varieties have contributed to a healthy local economy and continue to draw interest. With wine-tastings available at a variety of vineyards, there’s the possibility to see how the owners have each established their own business, with special varieties developed according to their own processes. A wine-tasting is a great way to get a taste of Ronda, in both the literal and figurative sense! Taking part in different local experiences gives an insight into the true Rondeño lifestyle. In our unique city, doors are open to all, visitors, travellers and tourists alike; anyone looking to experience the rich, authentic culture of southern Spain.