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Ronda Travel Tips

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Insider advice for your Ronda vacation , Costa del Sol


GeorginaS
Ronda 4 stars
Ronda is a beautiful town in Andalucia, just an hour away from the Costa del Sol. What makes Ronda stand out from other tourist destinations is the amazing 100 meter deep gorge El Tajo. This vertigo inducing gorge and the three bridges spanning it makes Ronda very picturesque and a refreshing day trip from the coast. It’s a great place for exploring on foot as the winding streets of the old town are a pleasure to get lost in and you will always stumble across the gorge for orientation! The old city walls are in great condition and you can climb along them in places and the churches and large houses are lovely to look at.

The new part of the town offers the bull ring, lively, bustling shopping streets and good places to eat and drink. Stay over night if you can, when the tourists depart Ronda has a great Spanish feel and the old town is buzzing after about 9 at night, with lots of cool bars.


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Bellatravel
Ronda, Dreamed Town 5 stars
Ronda is a beautiful mountain town built beside a deep river gorge. Ronda is much quieter than any of the towns in the Costa. An area known for its natural beauty the town is surrounded by the National Parks of the Sierra de las Nieves and Grazalema as well as the stunning Serrania de Ronda. Ronda´s main allure is its historical Roman and Moorish background which heritage you can find walking along the narrow streets. I highly recommend you have a look at the weather forecast as the climate differs from the one in the Coast as it´s usually colder and winter, and hotter in summer as there is no sea breeze. When we arrived there in early June it was heavily raining so sometimes we had to wait underneath the city arches. Whithin 10 min the clouds dispersed and blue skies shown again. We visited the Museo del Bandolero (Bandit´s museum) and definitely my favourite spot in Ronda, Palacio de Mondragon. The Dutch poet Rilke named it Ciudad Soñada (Dreamed Town).


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Bellatravel
How to get to Ronda 4 stars
You can reach Ronda from San Pedro de Alcántara. The mountain road has loads of deep curves making it a popular spot for local bikers, so you need to keep a watchful eye for them specially on weekends. The 45 minute climb has curves that can be challenging even for the experience driver but the stunning views of the green valleys and virgin areas of the National Parks of Sierra de Ronda and Sierra de las Nieves, make it a bit more of pleasurable ride. On the way to Ronda there are a couple of small bars where you can stop for a snack but make sure you fill up your tank as there are not petrol stations available until arriving to Ronda. There is an alternative way to get to Ronda through Jerez, this will be a longer journey but as you drive in the motorway it´s less tiring. The mountain road only has one lane for most of the drive so it can be really slow. I advise you to look at the weather before departure. Even if it´s cloudless in the coast, Ronda, being in a higher altitude tends to be overcast. If you decide to go by bus, there are direct buses from the Marbella Bus Station but it will be over an hour drive.


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Shell
Ronda 4 stars
Ronda is a quaint picturesque Spanish town100km form Malaga, 45mins from the Costa del Sol. It is famous for it’s location: built either side of El Tajo canyon, which is spanned by El Puente Nuevo (the new bridge) 100m above the canyon floor, which connects the two halves of the town. My mum was disappointed that you don’t get to see the traditional view of the bridge when you are actually there – you are at the top of the gorge rather than the bottom so you look down into the canyon – but it does offer spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. The city is adorned with quaint, traditional Spanish architecture and it’s well worth wandering round the cobbled streets and stopping to look at the town houses in the older part of the city. I’d recommend a trip to the bull ring, the oldest in Spain built in 1784, even if you are against bullfighting, as the museum there offers an interesting insight into Spanish culture and the philosophy behind it all. We were staying outside of Ronda and visited for a day which is easy to do, but there is a very impressive Parador (luxury hotel) in Ronda, right next to the Puente Nuevo. If you are looking for somewhere of high quality for a meal, drink or snack then you can trust the Parador. There are lots of gift and craft shops selling souvenirs in the old part of town and a main high street selling more modern goods.


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