It was only a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of exploring Ronda, and like most people who visit the small town, I was in love. Think Game Of Thrones. The buildings were whitewashed and the streets cobblestone. The wine was home made and the bridge was something of a wonder.
People always ask me why I spend my time travelling instead of hunkering down a real job. Truth is, I can’t wait for my two weeks vacations (not that there’s anything wrong with that, as I get older security is becoming important to me) but it’s places like Ronda that remind me why I travel so much.
I come from the countryside of Canada where the closest things to me were a gas station and two schools on one strip of road. To travel to places like Ronda, well it’s so eye opening. I love old cities, I feel like they have so much soul, so it was a breath of fresh air to wander around a place that was so different from where I grew up.
I spent 3 days in Ronda and felt like that was ample time. Here are the main things to do in Ronda that I recommend.
What To Do
See Puente Nuevo – This translates to ‘new bridge.’ The bridge took 34 years to build and you’ll see a window in the middle arch that was used as a prison.
Try Granda wine – Granda wine is Ronda wine and apparently people flock to try it. I personally came to see the bridge but I tried both red and white wines and they were really nice.
El Tajo Gorge – Hike below the bridge. You’ll find a pathway beyond the bridge that leads you down the side of the city where you can see the bridge from below. It’s a long hike so bring water and proper shoes
Find all three bridges – There are two other bridges that are smaller and older around Ronda, it was fun trying to find them and see the goats.
Balcón del Coño – This view point is perfect for admiring the countryside and the Puente Nuevo
Plaza del Socorro – This square is a great place to grab a glass of wine and enjoy the Spanish sun. Choose one of the many patios to have lunch at.
Arabic Baths – Said to be the best preserved in Spain.
Where To Stay
Casa Duende del Tajo. This is hands down the best place to stay in Ronda. The hostel is cheap and has the best view of the bridge. The bottom patio is shared but there are tables and chairs for you to use. Your view out of the window is the Puente Nuevo.
For around $65 you can get a double room with a view.
If you end up booking on Booking.com use this link to get $25 off!
Go to Cafe Crepperia (or La Esquina. Not positive what the name is because it doesn’t exist on Google so find the Burger King on Calle Sevilla and it’s on that street). They have the most amazing churros ever. Also try the mollette bread. It was the best bread I’ve ever had to this day.
Ronda made one of the most incredible cities I’ve ever been!