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Beautiful Countryside Around Ronda

Walking Tour of Ronda – What You’ll See

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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A Walking Tour of Ronda, Spain

 

 

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 33 Comments

  1. Each time I see photos of Ronda, I fall in love with its quiet beauty. Its history is quite impressive too. Thanks for the tour, Leigh!

  2. Leigh, We have been to Ronda and enjoyed all the things you mention. I loved the Bullfight museum and the gorge is well….gorgeous!

  3. The country around Ronda (I’ve wanted to go there for a while now) is similar to the country near Moclin (Granada) where we house-sat. Love the tree against the wall – just gorgeous. The gorge drop off is dramatic. I wonder if many people fall into it. Sorry for being morbid. 🙂

  4. I felt that Ronda was very touristy, but when you went to the outskirts and even outside of the old district it becomes normal, walking around the countryside was quite pleasant.

    1. @Noel I was in Ronda in early November so there was hardly a tourist in sight. Too many people would definitely distract from the experience. I biked the country coming into Ronda – and some of it is truly beautiful.

  5. As I recall I had just discovered your blog about the time you made that trip and Joel and I weren’t far behind you as we explored the same area (although we did it the lazy way – in a rental car) but you’ve captured beautifully my memories of that wonderful town.

  6. WOW. Leigh! Ronda was on my list, but I never made it. Your gorgeous shots make we want to remedy that situation, quickly! Hard to pick a favorite here, but I do love that first shot.

  7. Wow..you don’t hear much about Ronda but what a beauty. That gorge is just gorgeous and interesting what they’ve found. How neat is it to stay on one of those hotels on the gorge. We need to make it to the Andalusia region the next we get to Spain.

    1. @Mary I know some people have complained that the area is very touristy but we were there in early November – still shortsleeves weather but not many people about. I think the nearby countryside is also worth a trip.

  8. Great article Leigh and all about one of my favourite parts of Spain. Ronda, the Serrania de Ronda and the beautiful Grazalema Natural Park are all a hiker’s and biker’s paradise. We just got back. Next time you are in the area, you should definitely check out this route we did up the Cerro Coros mountain. The views were unbeatable!!

  9. This looks gorgeous! I am definitely adding this to my list of places to go. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

  10. I was there in 2007. Quite wonderful, especially the juxtaposition between old town and new town. I, having spent a number of years in the military, was also really impressed at how clever the defense in depths were and the fact that they could see the “bad guys” coming for days…

  11. Hello, What a lovely and well written article about my adopted home here in Spain. Well I actually live in Grazalema but I run rondatoday.com which contains a lot of information about the area in English about Ronda and the surrounding areas….. Next time you visit, come to Grazalema 🙂

  12. Hi Leigh, we are in love with Andaluzia, but I have just one and half day at Ronda, do you think that is important a tourist guide?

    Regards,
    Paulo

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