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Ronda is a town based in the Andalusia region of Spain. You may not have heard of Ronda but you must have seen the picture of its famous bridge “Puente Nuevo”. The setting of this incredible town is truly mesmerizing and their unique culture of bullfighting is what they are known for. Among the top things to do in Ronda include the Plaza de Toros and Arab Baths and Alameda del Tajo.
The Historical town is just 1:45 hours drive away from Seville and around 1:30 hours away from Malaga. You can easily travel to the city of Ronda on foot that too in a single day. In a single-day trip, you can cover all the major tourist sites along with things to do in Ronda.
Top 10 Things To Do In Ronda
1. Puente Nuevo
Situated on the way to Plaza Espana is one of the most popular tourist sites of Spain “Puente Nuevo” or New Bridge”. Though, not so new as the bridge was constructed in mid 18th century and was completed in 1793. The bridge connected the old town of Ronda to the new city which was previously separated.
You can either reach the top of the bridge to enjoy the views that surround the bridge or come downwards at the second viewpoint which gives a much closer view of the waterfall and the river through which it flows. The first viewpoint is not well protected, so be careful about your steps, especially while taking pictures.
Things To Do:
- Enjoy a Breathtaking landscape view from the top of the bridge
- Gorge Buggy Trip
- Day tour to Costa del Sol
Location: Plaza Espana
2. Banos Arabes
The hidden gem in the town and one of the best things to do in Ronda is the 13th-century thermal bath “Banos Arabes”. It is one of the well-preserved baths in Spain. The Baths were built near the Arroyo de las Culebras, responsible for supplying water to Banos Arabes, and belonged to the region of the Moorish era.
Unfortunately, this ancient bath does not operate anymore, but it is open for the public to visit. While visiting here, you will get to witness the fine architecture of Moorish style while the main hall is separated into sections having Islam style horseshoe shapes arches,
- City of Arts and Sciences
- Plaza de la Reina
- Oceanografic Aquarium
- Valencia Cathedral
- Plaza de la Virgen
Location: Calle Molino de Alarcón
Situated around 20 km away the northwest of Ronda are the ruins of Acinipo. With a total area of 32 hectares, this site was once inhabited by more than 5,000 people in the first century. The city was granted the imperial privilege for minting its own coin. Other tourist attractions in the city are the theatre and some ruins of middle age.
Things To Do:
- Ciudad Romana de Acinipo
- Cueva de la Pileta
- El Molino Del Santo
- Cueva Del Gato
Location: 23 km away from Ronda
4. Bullfighting Heritage
After visiting the historical Puente Nuevo, head towards the Plaza de Toros where the modern bullfighting was actually started in the late 18th century. The deadly sport is controversial, but it has been a part of the Andalusian culture for years. The sports arena was constructed by Ronda’s Royal Cavalry, which exists to date.
Also, there is a museum within the arena showcasing the history of bullfighting and exhibits other elements that date back to the 18th century. There is also a reservatauro where Bulls are taken can care of and later raise and bred to be able to participate in the Bullfighting competition.
5. Sierra de las Nieves
Tired of visiting historical places, consider going to the gorgeous countryside which is seen from the top of Puente Nuevo. Sierra de las Nieves is surrounded by cereal fields, vineyards, and olive groves. If you seek more adventure, then move further and climb above any of the two mountain ranges named Sierra de las Nieves situated on the east side and the Sierra de Grazalema to the west.
- 1,500 Plant species
- Botanical Relic
- Mediterranean Fir
6. La Casa del Rey Moro
Casa del Rey Moro is the 18th-century residence of the Moorish king which houses a water mine that originated from Arab regions. The residence was closed for the last 30 years and now it is open for visitors. The garden of this residence divided into three terraces has been recently restored.
Being the major center of the attraction is a castle, the water mine has intertwined stairways that lead downwards. The water mine was the only source of water in Ronda in 1485 after invaders took over the city’s water supply.
- Water mine from the Muslim era
- Fine architecture with Neo-Mudejar-style
- Hanging Garden
7. Iglesia de Santa Maria La Mayor
The construction of this holy church was started in 1485 and completed after 1685 making it 200 years to complete. The site where this church now stands was once the land of the mosque. Currently, this church holds so much significance in shaping the history of Ronda.
Do step inside this magnificent church where you will witness symbols of gothic-style architecture, baroque style, and architecture from the Renaissance era. There is a portrait of Christopher Columbus made by one of the local painters of Ronda.
- Mondragon Palace
- Puerto de Almocabar
- Arab Bath
Location: Plaza Duquesa de Parcent
8. Costal del Sol
Costal del Sol is yet another popular tourist spot in Europe and lies in the southern region of Spain. Being listed among the adventurous things to do in Ronda, a visit to Costal del Sol is something not to miss. Here you will find plenty of beaches having a perfect climate throughout the year with 300 days of sunshine.
Widely known for its calm and relaxing atmosphere, stunning beaches, crazy nightlife, and range of delicious cuisine to taste. Not only this, the region is home to plenty of golf courses, more than any other place in Europe. You can also spot dolphins in the waters near Costal del Sol.
Things To Do:
- Play Golf
- A day at Bio-park
- Take a Cable car ride
- Visit the Sohail castle built by Abdurrahman III
- Trek At de Mijas Mountains
Location: Southern Spain
9. Alameda del Tajo
Alameda del Tajo is an early 19th Botanical garden which is formed after combining 5 landscapes. It also features a children’s park, fountains, a bird enclosure, and a duck pond. Move a little further and you will find yourself on a balcony offering views of Serrania de Ronda and Hoya del Tajo.
- Bird Enclosure
- Children’s Park
- Duck Pond
Location: Paseo Blas Infante, Málaga
10. Museo Arqueologico Municipal
Situated in Plaza del Mercado, the Museo Arqueologico Municipal. The building in which the museum is housed is an 18th-century building which later converted into Interest cultural in the year 1962. The museum first opened to the public in 1935 and has a collection of Corinthian helmets, Roman gadgets, and ceramics.
A visit to this museum is a treat to archeology and history geeks as the collection it has roots back to 2000 years and belongs to all periods and races.
Location: Plaza del Mercado, Jerez de La Frontera, Cdaiz