Elevated at 739m high is Ronda city of Malaga, Andalucia region in Southern part of Spain. This hidden gem of Ronda is a great stop between Seville and Granada. There are a number of reasons that you should stop by in Ronda, such as the iconic bridge – Puente Nuevo which link up the old and new parts of the city overlooking below El Tajo gorge below. Bullrings in Ronda is another top attractions as it is said to be the oldest bullrings in Spain.
Ronda has one of the oldest bullrings in Spain, it is smaller compared to the bullring in Madrid but beautiful as it was built with the traditional old sandstones.
2. Paseo de Blas Infante
It is a nice walkway or park sits next to the bullring. There are several interesting monuments in the parks which may draw your attention. The walkway is clean and serene with well-kept trees.
Free to enter the park Paseo de Blas Infante
3. Pedro Romero Statue
With the outfit, you know this guy is a bullfighter. Yes, he is the legendary bullfighter from the Romero family in Ronda, called Pedro Romero Martinez born here.
4. Mirador de Aldehuela
It is located in between the Old city end of the Puente Nuevo and the Casa de Congresos. This is a great spot to check out the most impressive view of the valley, the El Tajo Gorge and the New Bridge. The mirador or lookout point is named in after the famous architect Jose Martin de Aldehuela, who built the new stone bridge – Puente Nuevo and bullring.
5. The view Mirador de Aldehuela
There are several angles to look at, the El Tajo Gorge, the “New Bridge” and also Ronda White Village – Pueblos Blancos
This is the most important landmark and the most stunning architecture marvel in Spain. Click the link to read more about Puente Nuevo.
7. Plaza del Socorro
This is an attractive square in the heart of Ronda new town where you see statues, fountains, tapas restaurants and cafes.
8. Confitería Las Campanas – Tapas Restaurant
The Cafe tapas restaurant is located in the busy square. We ordered some quick hot and cold tapas here and choose to sit inside. They also have some covered outdoor seating.
Tapas are similar to snacks or small plates of food, can be served cold and hot.
The total cost is Euro 19.10 including drinks for 4 people as we don’t eat so much. I won’t say the food is fantastic but if you need a quick meal, this is ideal.
Statue of Hercules and the two lions stand in the middle of the Square. The bird on top of Hercules is real. These statues are believed to be related to some important events in Andalusian political history. Tourists love taking pictures with these statues.
An immigrant lady carries souvenirs on her head walking on the busy square of Ronda city. I have seen many of the immigrants during my trip to Spain. I guess this is what was mentioned in the news – “European migrant crisis”.
9. Iglesia del Socorro
The beautiful church is situated in the square which dominates the surroundings and stands out. There are a pair of bell towers at the church which worth to take a look at. This is not a very big church and relatively new, built-in 1956.
10. Shopping in Ronda
Carrera Espinel (formerly known as Calle de la Bola) is the main shopping street in Ronda. I did manage to do some purchase here. Calzados La Bomba is one of the big shoes store and offer a huge range of style with very affordable price. I bought a pair of grey boots with studs here.
11. Take a horse carriage
The horse carriage is something that tourist like to do when in Ronda, I saw the man holding the price list – Euro 30 for 20-30 min ride.
Another random church in Ronda City
Ronda is really a nice stop between Seville and Granada. The jaw-dropping scenery from the iconic bridge Puenta Nuevo and oldest bullring -The Plaza de Toros are some of the must-do while in Ronda city. The city is small and easy to explore the old and new town on foot.
And yes, don’t forget to do some shopping as things here are quite cheap compared to other parts of Spain.