Ronda is a remarkable place in the South of Spain, known for its unique location and age-old history. It is a city with a rich culture and has become one of the most popular destinations in Andalucía. Therefore visitors from across the world come to admire this beautiful city with stunning nature, monuments, museums and historic sites. The centre has small streets with numerous bars and restaurants. There is a cosy and typical Andalusian atmosphere.
The gorge and the bridge
The town is built across the gorge of the Guadalevín River. The gorge, also referred to as “El Tajo de Ronda” is 40 meters wide and up to 120 metres deep at some points. The Tajo divides the city of Ronda in two parts and it has 3 bridges that span it. Most noteworthy is the New Bridge, “El Puente Nuevo”, built at the end of the 18th century. This is the biggest and most famous of the three bridges and is an icon for the city of Ronda.
Ronda mountain range
Surrounding Ronda is a fascinating region with a great geographical diversity. Three natural parks border the “Serranía de Ronda” (Ronda Mountain Range). There are dense woodlands, caves, limestone escarpments, emerald blue reservoir lakes and numerous small rivers that cross the countryside. Wild flowers and fields of wheat and sunflowers are typical in the area. Also common are cork oaks, pine, chestnut, almond and olive trees.
Another attractive feature in the area are the quiet and picturesque white towns, or “pueblos blancos”. These charming towns and villages have characteristic whitewashed houses that hang from the hillsides. There are many routes to explore the white towns, crossing windy mountain roads with outstanding scenery and incredible views.
The climate is generally dry and hot in summer, with mild spring and autumn seasons. Winters are cold and humid and snow is not uncommon at the higher altitudes. Cloudless days in winter can be warm and bright and the light is considered to be good for photography and painting. The exceptional clarity and varied landscape have enchanted and inspired many artists.
The region is famous for walking, birdwatching, cycling, climbing, horse riding and other outdoor sports. Ronda is also an historic winemaking region and thus an excellent destination for enotourism. There are currently over 25 wineries (“bodegas”) in an area of approximately 250 hectares of vineyards. The special geological features make growing conditions ideal for certain grape varieties.