Ronda is a stunning city located in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. It is known for its dramatic location on a clifftop, its Moorish architecture, and its rich history.
This magnificent enclave is known as the dream city. Do you want to know why? The only way to find the answer to that question is to come to Ronda.
This post will provide a suggested itinerary for one day in Ronda, with recommendations and tourist information for the best things to see and do in the city.
Our morning in Ronda
We will start our day with a full breakfast, in Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria, constructed in 1906 and with 3000 square meters of gardens.
Next to the Gastrobar, you will be surprised by a small exhibition with books and some objects that belonged to the poet of Czech origin Rainer Maria Rilke, who established his residence and workplace in the building that is now the Catalonia Reina Victoria Hotel at the beginning of the 20th century.
Now that our stomachs are full and we have energy, our first stop is, in our opinion the most impressive, Puente Nuevo. A dramatic bridge that spans the Guadalevín River. It was built in the 18th century and is one of the most impressive bridges in Spain.
From the bridge, we will have stunning views of the city and the surrounding countryside. The landscape looks like something out of a fairy tale.
We love the mix between new and old, so it is time now to visit the Puente Viejo (old bridge), built in the 16th century to join the old medina with the new quarter of the city. One of the best viewpoints around this bridge is the Cuenca Gardens, also ideal for seeking shade on the hottest days. From bridge to bridge, the last one we find is the Arab, the oldest in Ronda.
The Islamic heritage is very present in the city, as confirmed by the Arab baths, which stand as one of the best preserved in Spain.
Visit the Arab baths is a must if you spend one day in Ronda.
Lunchtime in Ronda
Another fantastic way to get familiar with a city is through its gastronomy after all. After a long morning, it is time to have lunch, we recommend going to Casa Ortega and trying a tomato salad. It looks like a simple bite, but trust us, it is not only a tomato but the best representation of what caring about the product means.
End of the day in Ronda
We are about to finish our wonderful day in Ronda and our last stop will be Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda, a bullring that is one of the oldest in Spain. Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway would write about the many events that materialized here.
But the bullring is not only about bullfighting tradition, did you know that Madonna recorded a video here? Go to YouTube and watch Take a Bow.
Here are some additional tips for visiting Ronda:
- The best time to visit Ronda is during the spring or fall when the weather is mild.
- If you’re visiting during the summer, be prepared for hot weather.
- Ronda is a popular tourist destination, so it’s best to book your accommodation and activities in advance, especially if you’re visiting during the peak season.
I hope you enjoy your day in Ronda!