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Beautiful countryside around Ronda
Beautiful countryside around Ronda

What You’ll See on a Walking Tour of Ronda

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A few years ago John and I spent a week biking in Spain’s Andalucia region. The trip finished in Ronda, a wonderful town, and one of the oldest in Spain, precariously perched in part above a rocky canyon with a depth of 120 m. The town is situated in the Malaga province, just 100 kilometres away from the North Africa coast.

One of the best ways to appreciate Ronda is on foot. We spent a full day enjoying a self-guided walking tour of Ronda sticking to the old part of town. While we did it on our own (and probably missed lots of the sights), if you want to learn a little more or if you want to visit as a day trip from Seville or Malaga I’d recommend one of the Get Your Guide tours.

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Walking tour in Ronda – don’t miss the Nuevo Puente

One of its most famous symbols is the bridge, the Nuevo Puente, built in the 18th century. It is a marvel from any angle. This is the bridge that Hemingway immortalized in his book – For Whom the Bell Tolls. 

Here are some of the highlights of our walking tour.

On a walking tour of Ronda enjoy the view from the Nuevo Puente that spans a rocky gorge
The view from the Nuevo Puente that spans a rocky gorge
One of the popular areas for walking
One of the popular areas for walking in Ronda
Beautiful countryside around Ronda
Beautiful countryside around Ronda
On a walking tour of Ronda you'll get an airy feeling along the edge of the canyon
An airy feeling along the edge of the canyon – Photo credit: Pablo Valerio on Pixabay
On a walking tour of Ronda it's interesting to look down on a garden plot in shades of green
Interesting to look down on a garden plot in shades of green
Bullfighting has been big in Ronda but will it end up going the way of the English blood hunt?
Bullfighting has been big in Ronda but will it end up going the way of the English blood hunt?
The Plaza de Toros - even if you're against bullfighting is interesting to wander through it for its history
The Plaza de Toros – even if you’re against bullfighting is interesting to wander through it for its history
Sometimes the simplest composition can have a powerful effect
Sometimes the simplest composition can have a powerful effect
Ruins around the old part of the city seen on a walking tour of Ronda
Ruins around the old part of the city
White buildings - some that are hotels and restaurants - along the edge of the gorge
On a walking tour of Ronda stopped to admire white buildings – some that are hotels and restaurants – along the edge of the gorge

According to one account I read, in the last few years firefighters have cleaned up the gorge by removing among other things – 11 mopeds, a washing machine and an old car. It felt very clean down at the bottom when I was there.

The view of the Nuevo Puente from the bottom of the gorge
The view of the Nuevo Puente from the bottom of the gorge
View from the bridge
View from the bridge out to the countryside – Photo credit: Steve Wilson from Pixabay

Where to stay in Ronda

While there are loads of B&B’s and hotels in Ronda I think this is one place where its worth the splurge. I’d suggest the Parador de Ronda – located on the edge of the gorge. We stayed here for two nights and reveled in the views. 

Have you ever been to Ronda or any of the small towns in Andalucia?

Further reading on biking in Spain

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Top sights on a walking tour in Ronda, Spain

 

 

 

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