Duration: 5 hours
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Ronda is located in the heart of the Serrania de Ronda, about 100 km from the city of Malaga and with a population of approximately 35,000 inhabitants.
Surrounded by lush river valleys and sitting on a deep gully, Ronda is a paradise worth visiting.
Anyone who has been lucky enough to visit Ronda will understand its appeal. It is one of the most beautiful and visited cities in Spain (the third most visited city in Andalusia).
What to see in Ronda
It was Julio César who declared Ronda (Acinipo) a city for the first time, in the 1st century BC. When the Moorish troops, under the command of Tarik-ibn-Zeyad, invaded the region in 8C, one of the first routes that followed was the ancient Roman, which linked Gibraltar with the Roman settlement of Acinipo.
They changed the name from the city to Izna-Rand-Onda - Ronda. The ruins of Acinipo are located 20 kilometers from the modern Ronda.
In this article you will find 12 essential places for your trip to Ronda, but if you want to know the city, find accommodation in Ronda and stay in the area for more than a day. Enjoy long walks around the city, take your time to enjoy a dinner with panoramic views and visit one of the many wineries located in the surrounding area
With unforgettable views over the Tajo de Ronda, the Puente Nuevo was finished in 1793 and took forty-two years to build, joining the old area of Round with the new one. Without a doubt, it is the largest and most famous monument in Ronda. The Parador is located next to the bridge and from there you can enjoy incredible views of the Tagus
Ronda is also known as the cradle of bullfighting. The bullring of the Real Maestranza is one of the oldest and most picturesque in Spain. It was built in 1785 by the architect José Martín de Aldehuela, the same architect who built the Puente Nuevo. It has the capacity to accommodate 5,000 spectators.
The Arab Baths of Ronda are the best preserved in Spain. They were built at the end of the 13th century during the reign of King Abomelik. The boiler used to heat the water is still visible and remains in good condition. The roof vents in the shape of a star were modeled after the baths of the Alhambra in Granada.
Palacio de Mondragón
In the Mondragón Palace you will find the municipal museum and some truly exceptional gardens. Built in 1314 by King Abomelik, it was later used as the main residence of the kings of Isabella and Ferdinand. The museum is dedicated to the history of Ronda, with examples of Roman and Arab tombs. The gardens are a haven of tranquility.
Palace of the King Moor and the Mine
Legend has it that this was the residence of King Almonated, who is said to have drank wine in the skulls of his enemies. Although the latest research seems to indicate that the king never actually lived in the palace. The gardens were designed by the same French architect who designed the Maria Luisa Park in Seville, Jean Claude Forestier.
Throughout history, Ronda has been one of the most impregnable cities in Andalusia. Mainly due to its geographical position, but also due to a series of walled ensembles and accesses built by Arabs throughout the Islamic era. As the city grew, more walls and doors were being built. Nowadays, they offer a unique vision in the past of Ronda.