Ronda is a beautiful and romantic town of Spain characterised by charming narrow winding streets and white buildings hanging from its famous gorge. Sitting on top of the deep ravine, Ronda is protected by nature like “its favourite child” and it almost looks like an eagle nest. Because of its position, this town literally takes your breath away when you see it for the first time.
Ronda is a must-see if you are in Andalusia and it has been an inspiration for many writers and artists in the past. For example, Hemingway spent many summers in this lovely town. He said that Ronda “is where you should go if you ever go to Spain on a honeymoon or if you ever bolt with anyone. The entire town and as far as you can see in any direction is romantic background.”
This town is the perfect size for a day-trip, but it is also perfect if you want to spend more days hiking around the gorge or just relaxing drinking wine with an amazing view.
The best way to explore Ronda is walking destinationless around the town. However, I think that there are at least 10 viewpoints that you really cannot miss and I want to list them for you.
1. Ronda Bridge View Point
The best place to admire Ronda is “Ronda Bridge View Point“, from which you can see the town and the most famous bridge of Spain from the bottom of the gorge. This is also the perfect place to start and end your day in Ronda, especially if you are by car (read until the end of the post to find out where to park your car).
The best time to stop at this viewpoint is right before the sunset, when the sun hits the bridge whit its golden rays.
2. Alameda del Tajo
If the “Ronda Bridge View Point” is the best point to admire the bridge, the park of the “Alameda del Tajo” is the place to enjoy the best view of the mountains around the town. In this park, you can also relax listening to street artists playing typical Spanish.
I could stare for hours at the breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains from the balcony of the Alameda. And apparently, I was not the only one.
If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of this very touristic city, walk to the end of the park, where just a few people go. Here you can sit on one of the several benches and enjoy the beautiful view in front of you.
The Alameda del Tajo is also the place where you can start your visit of Ronda if you arrive in town by train or by bus.
3. Mirador de Ronda
The “Mirador de Ronda” is the most popular place to admire the landscape around Ronda. Even from here the view is stunning, but it slightly more crowded than the Alameda del Tajo. From this mirador, you can reach the “Puente Nuevo” walking on the “Paseo de Hemingway“, from where you can also see this famous bridge.
4. Ponte Nuevo
Puente Nuevo is the most famous Ronda landmark. It took 40 years and the lives of 50 builders to complete this spectacular bridge in 1793. From the top of the bridge, you can see inside the very narrow gorge which goes through Ronda.
5. Mirador de Aldehuela
After you cross the Puente Nuevo, you can get to the next viewpoint, the “Mirador de Aldehuela“, from which you can admire the “Ponte Nuevo” from a new point of view.
6. Jardines De Cuenca
The Punte Nuevo is the most famous bridge in Ronda, but it’s not the only one. There are other two bridges in the town: the “Puente Viejo” and the “Puente Árabe”. To get to these other bridges I strongly suggest you pass by the “Jardines De Cuenca“, a winding staircase which brings you from the “El Mercadillo” neighbourhood to the “Puente Viejo”. Walking through the garden you can enjoy incredible views of the gorge, plus amazing views of other Ronda landmarks such as the Casa del Rey Moro, and again, the “Puente Nuevo”. This is my second favourite viewpoint over this beautiful bridge.
7. Puente Viejo
Puente Viejo is the oldest and smallest of the three bridges of Ronda. It was built in 1616, and currently only carries pedestrian traffic. From this bridge, you can also see the third bridge, the “Puente Árabe”.
8. Puerta De Exijara
At the end of the Puente Viejo, there is the most beautiful door of the city: “La Puerta de Exijara”, which is also the oldest of the city, together with the more famous “Puerta de Almocábar”. The view of Ronda framed by this door is pretty nice.
9. Murallas de Ronda
Another place where you can enjoy beautiful views of the town is the top of the “Murallas de Ronda“. In the past, these solid walls were necessary to defend the town from enemy attacks.
10. Puerta de la Cijara
The “Puerta de la Cijara” is the gate of the town which is located on the East side of the walls. Also from here, the view over Ronda is amazing.
Map of must-stop viewpoints in Ronda
Ronda is very charming, so don’t limit your visit to these viewpoints, but take your time to get lost between the narrow streets of this magical city. Plus, there are several hiking trails around the town which should be gorgeous. However, I cannot talk about them because while I was in Ronda I was stuck for two days inside my hostel because of a storm.
If you want more information about the hiking trails, here you can find a detailed description of 6 different hiking trails that you can do around Ronda.
How much to stay in Ronda
Ronda can be visited in a few hours. A couple of hours, indeed, are sufficient to walk around the city. However, if you want to get to Ronda Bridge Viewpoint, you have to hike for a few hours. Keep in mind that in this case, you need to spend at least one full day in Ronda. Remember that the view from the “Ronda Bridge Viewpoint” is well worth the short hike, but if you want, you can also reach this point by car.
How to get to Ronda
By car: Park the car by the Albergue Los Molinos (the old Mills), where you can have a really pretty view of the Puente Nuevo. From there, cross the river Guadalevín, and then take the road to the right and head uphill, turning right again towards Bodega Descalzos Viejos. At the top of the hill, you will arrive in the city of Ronda close to the Plaza de la Península Ibérica. From there you can easily reach the Alameda del Tajo and then continue your city tour. To get back to the car, go downhill following the Carretera de Los Molinos. Remember to stop at Ronda Bridge View Point to admire the Puente Nuevo one last time. After this last stop, keep going downhill to reach your starting point.
Bus services to Ronda from major cities only include Sevilla, Málaga, Marbella, Cadíz, Algeciras, and Fuengirola. In the Andalucia website, you can find the updated timetable of all buses from/to Ronda.
Trains can be booked on the RENFE website.
Where to stay
I usually don’t recommend places to stay because I usually pick the cheapest place and I am already happy if the place I booked really exists. But the “Albergue Los Molinos” was so good that I thought it really deserves to be mentioned.
The position is just amazing, but what is even better is the homey feeling you have as soon as you step into the building. If you go to Ronda on a budget, this is seriously the place to stay.