Andalusia, one of the most breathtaking regions in #Spain, generally has no shortage of wonderful destinations. Ronda is a relatively small city on a mountain peak in the province of Málaga, which doesn't need to shy away from comparison with larger cities.
#Ronda has a breathtaking location above a deep #gorge. This ravine (El Tajo) divides the new town, which dates from around the 15th century, from the old town from the time of Moorish rule.
The Puente Nuevo, a stone bridge over the ravine, is without doubt the most famous sight in Ronda and offers a great viewpoint. Crossing the #ElTajo gorge and the #PuenteNuevo is one of the things you should definitely do in Ronda. In case you are wondering, the name "New Bridge" comes from the fact that construction of the bridge did not begin until 1759. This is "new" by Andalusian standards. The visit of the bridge is free. But during the main season, you should be prepared for a crowd.
The best view to the iconic bridge is from below the bridge level in southern direction. To get there, first go to the Mirador de María Auxiliadora on the south side and then follow the path further down into the gorge. From there, you'll be able to appreciate how high and prominent the Puente Nuevo bridge really is. The sight of the waterfall of the Guadelevin River below is the cherry on the cake.
Beside the Puente Nuevo there are two more bridges over the canyon of El Tajo: The Puente Viejo and the Puente Arabe. Both are older than the Puente Nuevo and in any case worth a visit. But if you really want to visit the bottom of the El Tajo gorge, you should visit the beautiful palace gardens of the Casa del Rey Moro on the other side.
On the former royal grounds next to the garden there is also an old fountain, which you can descend very far. When you reach the bottom, you look up to the gorge, surrounded by turquoise blue water. At the end of your tour you will reach a café located directly on the slope, where you can take a break in front of this wonderful scenery.
The part of Ronda south of the gorge of El Tajo is the #Moorish old town of the city (La Ciudad). The northern part (El Mercadillo) with attractions like the famous bullring Plaza de Toros is much newer. Both parts of the city can be easily explored on foot.
The legendary Plaza de Toros bullring in the new town dates back to the 18th century and is one of the most outstanding landmarks of the city, along with the Puente Nuevo. The arena is open daily from 10 am and you better be there on time, because only then you can avoid the masses of tourists that flood the city from 11 am at the latest.
The Iglesia Santa María la Mayor is a church built on the ruins of a mosque, with architectural elements ranging from Gothic to Renaissance. Not only the interior of the church is impressive but also the ascend to the observation deck and the therewith resulting view to Ronda.
Due to its location on a hill, surrounded by the Sierra de las Nieves and the Sierra de Grazalema, it almost seems as if there is a viewpoint everywhere in Ronda. And then there is the Mirador de Ronda, literally the "viewpoint of Ronda", which with its floating platform and small rotunda offers an incomparable landscape view.
These and many other highlights like the viewing terrace at the Alameda del Tajo, the restored Baños Arabes (Arab baths) from the 13th century or the Palacio de Mondragón await you in our Ronda Guide.