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.
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.
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?