A Quick Stop in Ronda

It took a while to decide to add a night in Ronda to our southern Spain trip, but I’m so glad we did. We figured it would be a nice addition to Sevilla. Ronda is located in the hills of Andalucia, one of the famous towns of white houses perched on the hillside. It’s got decent public transport, so we were able to catch a relatively quick train from Malaga to Ronda after grabbing some quick tapas outside the Malaga train station. (Lots of places, even main attractions, don’t take cards, so make sure you’ve got Euros).


Flights to Malaga were cheaper than flying to Seville, and from Manchester you can’t get a direct flight to Seville, so the choice to fly to Malaga instead was easy. The high speed train was easy and comfortable, and the middle distance train was not a disappointment either.


Upon arrival in Ronda, we checked into our hotel, the Hotel Enfrente Arte, which feels like a cross between a hotel and a modern art museum. It’s got a free bar with beer, wine, an espresso machine and soft drinks that you can access all the time and lots of excellent patios and porches hidden away with views of the surrounding countryside. The breakfast was epic, with many of the fruits and herbs coming from the hotel garden, and the chef chatted to us as he cooked us delicious chorizo and eggs. I’ve never stayed any place quite like it.


We spent the afternoon wandering around the gorge that runs through the town, stopping for photos and to read informational signs around the city. We also paid €5 to climb lots of slippery steps down to the river bottom in the old Mine and hanging gardens. I wouldn’t recommend it, even though their claim to fame is that Michelle Obama did it too (she doesn’t look particularly excited in the photo they have of her).

It is worth hiking down the trail by the new bridge for excellent views of it, especially at sunset. It starts at Plaza de Maria Auxiliadora, and is easy to find.

After freshening up and drinking some free wine at the hotel, we headed to Old Town for some tapas and wine. We wandered down Calle Nueva to three tapas bars for food, and a fourth for a Malaga dessert wine. We visited Tragata, Nueva 13 and Bar El Lechuguita and weren’t disappointed by anything except maybe the local lager. From the local sheep cheese to potato salad and Iberian acorn fed ham, the local delicacies were delicious.


The main attraction in Ronda besides the bridge is the bull ring. Ronda is (and has been for a long time) famous for bull fights. While I’m not a supporter of killing animals for sport, it’s an important part of the culture, and the history and museum are very interesting. The audioguide explains the history of bull fighting and the procedures for the event as you walk through the bull pens, horse stables (it’s also a famous riding school) and wander around the bull ring. The museum talks about local matadors who are heroes of the town and there’s an interesting exhibit on the history of guns.


After finishing our tour of the museum, we grabbed a picnic lunch and hheaded to our direct Amarillohtny ft bus toSevilla. ( Los Amarillos busses are greatlyjy for city to city transport, but their website isn’t that helpful and only posts bus times for the week ahead. It’s also worth noting that our bus left a half hour late and we sat in said unairconditioned bus for a half hour while our driver had a snack in the café).

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. We spent a week in Andalucia years ago and had a day trip to Ronda. I loved it – great to revisit in your post. Love the sound of that hotel too!!

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    1. The hotel was one of a kind! Glad you loved Ronda as well, it’s a beautiful place.

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  2. Tanja says:

    amazing place!#farawayfiles

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  3. cool post! The last time I was in Ronda we stayed at the Parador, which was really amazing. I generally prefer to stay in houses and apartments but we decided to try the Parador and the experience was very cool.

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    1. That looks like an interesting place as well. Usually if it’s only one night we stick to a hotel, but I love apartments for longer stays.

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  4. Awesome! My mum recently told me that she has always wanted to go to Ronda so that may be in the cards for us soon! Thanks for sharing your experience, will definitely pin for later :)#Farawayfiles

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    1. Great! I hope you make it there, it’s such a beautiful place and a bit of an escape from the crowds.

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  5. So love hearing about your travels. Please keep posting!

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    1. Thanks! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog as well!

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  6. OOOh I’m dying to go to Ronda and the rest of Andalusia!! Great post! #FarawayFiles

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    1. Thanks! It had been on our to do list for a while and I’m so glad we finally made it!

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  7. treksandtors says:

    Whether you like the bulls or not that bullring is a fantastic looking place

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    1. I agree, it’s definitely got an interesting history too!

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  8. Ruth says:

    I would add this town to my itinerary too. I have seen so many pictures that it will feel wrong to be close and not stop by. #FarawayFiles

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    1. Exactly! It’s easy enough to get to, even by public transport.

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  9. Sally says:

    I agree with the comments above. A trip to Spain is on the radar, and I’ll be pinning this post for reference, especially your description on the hotel. Sounds pretty special … chorizo and eggs caught my attention as well ;).

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    1. Yes… the breakfast was amazing! I’ll enjoy reading about your trip to Spain!

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  10. What a pretty town! I have fallen in love with the views and also the bullring. Spectacular building. I would like to see it though I dont support bullfighting #farawayfiles

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    1. It’s definitely worth seeing, lots of history, and the town is gorgeous.

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  11. Clare Thomson says:

    I’d love to visit Ronda and your hotel sounds perfect! The bullring looks so similar to the one in Seville. Andalusia is very high on my wish list. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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    1. We saw the outside of the ring in Seville but didn’t make it inside. Ronda is definitely worth a visit and I’d recommend the hotel for sure!

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  12. Trish @ Mum's Gone To says:

    We flew from Stansted to Seville at the end of last year and loved it. I really want to return and see Ronda plus Cordoba and Granada.
    Your hotel sounds fabulous – what a find!
    #farawayfiles

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    1. That’s so nice that you could get a flight directly to Seville, flying to Malaga was cheap but not ideal. It was a tough choice between Córdoba and Ronda. I’d also like to make it to Granada some day… Andalusia was beautiful so I’d be happy to go back!

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  13. I do love that Spanish Renfe – sooo nice! Ronda looks lovely – I can understand you feeling grateful you stopped! I have yet to visit southern Spain – have only seen Madrid and Barcelona, which I LOVED. Seriously want to get further south – thanks for piquing the interest again! Great post Amanda! #FarawayFiles

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