Are you planning to visit the romantic mountain top city of Ronda in the beautiful Andalusian region of Spain?
You are in for a treat! Here are my suggested top and best things to do in Ronda, Spain!
Ronda is a classically romantic city located on the mountain regions of Andalusia. It has some of the most amazing heritages and cultural landmarks in Europe.
No wonder that Ronda has been mentioned in various classic romantic novels and poems. The city has been a popular place for the writers and artists.
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Here’s our recommended tour that will take you around Ronda. You can check it out here. Scroll down if you want to know more about the romantic city of Ronda.
The 10 Best Things To Do In Ronda, Spain for a Romantic Weekend Contents
- History of Ronda, Spain
- How to Get to Ronda, Spain?
- Here are some of our suggestions on the best things to do in Ronda for a romantic weekend!
- Here are the suggested tours in Ronda, Spain
History of Ronda, Spain
Ronda was actually settled by the Celtiberians in the 6th Century BC when it was called as “Arunda”. Later on, the Phoenicians settled Acinipo or Old Ronda, around 20 km to the east. The existing town is known to have Roman origins and was built actually as a fortification in the Second Punic War from 218 to 201 BC. During the Julius Caesar period, it had earned the city status. When Roman Empire was collapsed, Suebi initially occupied Ronda and then by the Visigoths, who ruled until 713 AD when the Arabs invaded Ronda. Later on, the Moors rename it as the Castle of Rundah or Hisn Ar-Rundah.
Ronda was among of the last Islamic outposts in Andalusia in 1485. The Spanish drove out the rest of the Muslim colonizer eventually.
Ronda stretched north on the gorge in El Mercadillo town and Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) was finished in 1793 that connects both areas.
How to Get to Ronda, Spain?
Getting to Ronda is very easy and accessible from the most parts of Costa del Sol Region and the rest of main cities in Andalusia.
Distance from Marbella to Ronda Spain
You have an option to take Portillo Avanza bus from Marbella to Ronda, which is around 63 km via A-397. The overall journey takes hardly 1 hour.
Bus from Seville to Ronda Spain
You can take bus service by Los Amarillos from Seville to Ronda. The buses depart every day from Prado de San Sebastian bus station and the journey takes up to 2 to 2 ½ hours.
Bus from Malaga to Ronda Spain
Bus from Ronda to Malaga is a bit cheaper than the train at just €11. However, it still offers direct service to Ronda gorge. Autobuses Los Amarillos run many buses every day from Malaga to Ronda. The bus routes between Ronda and Malaga are virtually similar to that of the train, but the bus goes through winding paths across the valleys along A-367 to A-357 before going to the valley past Cartama and Ardales.
If you want to explore Spain a little more, you can hop the bus to Fuengirola from Malaga and then to Ronda, which drives through vivid mountain ranges. Even though it takes up to 40 minutes more time, it is still worth if you love the awesome and natural landscapes.
Here are some of our suggestions on the best things to do in Ronda for a romantic weekend!
1. Puente Nuevo (The New Bridge)
The Puente Nuevo or The New Bridge is the largest and most recent of three bridges spanning over 390 ft. (120m) deep chasm, which carries Guadalevin River and divides Ronda city in the southern region of Spain. The bridge was master planned by a well-known architect, Jose Martin de Aldehuela, who died in 1802 in Malaga, and chief builder behind the construction was Juan Antonio, Diaz Machuca.
The construction of The New Bridge was started in the year 1759 and was built in 34 years. On the central arch, there is a chamber used for different purposes, including a prison. Both sides were used prison allegedly as a torture chamber during the civil war (1936-1939) for the opponents who were captured and some of them were killed by throwing them off the windows to the rocks at El Tajo gorge. The access to the chamber was a square building, which was once used as a guardhouse. Now, it houses an exhibition, which describes the construction and history of the building.
In 1735, the previous bridge was built and was first attempt to cover the gorge in such height and was finished by architects Juan Camacho and Jose Garcia with a single arch design. Sadly, this bridge was poorly and quickly built and the whole bridge was collapsed in 1741 and caused the death of 50 individuals.
2. The Bullring of the Royal Cavalry of Ronda
The bullring of Ronda is one of the most beautiful and oldest across Spain. Officially opened on May 1785, built in neoclassical style and it has the main entrance to the unique stonework. The tiers of stands are split into two different superimposed levels with 68 arches and smooth stone columns. Arabian tiles were used to cover the saddle roof. This 60m diameter ring can serve up to 14000 people. EU citizens can enter the Bullring and its museum for free.
3. Cueva del Gato
Also known as the cat’s cave, the Cueva Del Gato in Ronda is among the paradisical pools of the river that is often found deeper into the Andalusian countryside. Unlike a lot of river pools, accessing the Cueva del Gato is very simple. You can easily drive to the park and river along it. You do not have to walk much to reach there. However, it can get crowded on weekends in the summer months.
Here, you will find crystal clear, very clean and extremely cold water. However, it is a great picnic spot and you can chill out after sightseeing in the morning. It is known as one of the most amazing cave complexes of Andalusia. Y