Ronda: Spain’s best kept secret
Second stop of the roadtrip: Ronda
Reminder: roadtrip itinerary
Ronda is the most famous spot of “the white villages circuit”: Puertos blancos” and a part of the province of Malaga. It’s the biggest one in size with a lot of historical sites to visit and a picturesque center. So, this is where we decided to spend the first night.
Ronda is recognisable by its iconic bridge: “Puente Nuevo” built on a canyon. Actually the whole town is built on a canyon, it’s pretty impressive! Along with whitewashed walls, a beautiful architecture and a clear combination of the muslim and the christian heritage. I’ve found few digital content about Ronda, but we surprisingly encountered a lot of tourist buses on site. I loved it nonetheless…
We got a very good vibe from Ronda, the lifestyle is pretty authentic, at least to what you can imagine as Andalucia. The atmosphere is pretty quiet, of course locals are always eager to get out and grab a drink but it’s less vibrant and lively than most of what we’ve visited in Spain so far. So the best case scenario that I could imagine for a Ronda escape, is a romantic one. Either for a second honeymoon, Valentine’s day or a couple’s anniversary. Get an over-cliff view hotel, your loved one and spend a quiet introspective weekend wandering the beautiful streets of Ronda.
Where to stay:
We booked a big modern apartment on Booking for the amazing price of 80 € (the best value for money we’ve got during the roadtrip). Here is the link to the apartment if you are interested: Apartamentos Avenida Ronda.
Imagine the view from their windows!
Since it’s built on altitude, Ronda offers multiple amazing view points “Miradores”, where you can enjoy a 360° sight of the village constructions and down the river and its gorge “El Tajo”.
It looks like a real life Game Of Thrones location!
It’s really an easy walking tour that you can do alone if you want to check out all the points of interests. You start at plaza de Espana and end up in plaza de toros. Here is the walk in pictures:
Plaza de Espana
Puente Nuevo (New bridge)
If you’re afraid of heights, you’re not gonna be happy…The view from the bridge is truly dramatic and breathtaking. I was built on the 18th century.
The bridge by night
Puerta Felipe V
Jardines de la cuenca
It’s the whole passage on the way up to el Mirador de Aldehuela right when you pass the Felipe V gate.
Honestly, we didn’t thought it was interesting enough to enter, but if you have half an hour to kill, be my guest.
Mirador de Aldehuela
A scenic overlook over the gorge, mountains and beautiful fields. There is a park where you can relax with a view and usually some street artists, we were lucky with the presence of a harp player. Picture it with the view, it’s simply magical.
Plaza de toros
Just get lost … and eat tapas!
As always the best thing to do is to get lost, wander mindlessly, relax, have coffee breaks, many of them and enjoy the local slow life. When a place is that beautiful, every street is a promise of a good surprise.
I am voluntarily not recommending the bullring as I don’t support animal cruelty for entertainment. Even if it’s a part of the Spanish heritage.
xo xo Dalal
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