Ronda 'City of Castles'
This city in the province of Malaga has is split between the two sides of the Tajo del Ronda - a gorge running over 150 metres deep. The old town has been granted Cultural Heritage Interest status. Celts, Phoenicians, Romans and Moors all lived in this area, which was reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs.
The old town with its Moorish flourishes and a mediaeval layout is located to the south of the Guadalevín River, while the more modern city built from the 16th century on, is to the north of the river bed. Several bridges link the two halves of one of the most interesting spots on the Pueblos Blancos (White Towns) route that runs through the Serranía de Ronda mountains, just a few kilometres from the Costa del Sol.
The so-called “city of castles” has a citadel in its most accessible section on a natural defensive vantage point. The most important walls and gateways that led into the city have been preserved to this day. The Puerta del Almocábar ( 13th century) was the entrance to the town centre from the south; the Puerta de Carlos I dates to the 16th century and the Puerta de la Exijara led to the Jewish Quarter.
What to see
- Ronda bullring. This is one of the oldest and most beautiful in Spain. Built in a Neoclassical style, it has an interesting stonework façade.
- Palace of the Marquis of Salvatierra. Located in Ronda old town, this 18th-century stately home has classical, sober lines that contrast with the sculptures on the façade.
- Church of Santa María la Mayor. The three naves have preserved Gothic columns and pointed arches, despite suffering great damage in an earthquake in 1580.
- Arab Baths. Located in the former suburbs of Moorish Ronda, currently the neighbourhood of San Miguel, the baths are fed by the waters of adjacent Las Culebras stream via a sophisticated hydraulic system based on the traditional Arab waterwheel.
- Bandolero Museum. Located in the historical centre of Ronda, this typical house is over 100 years old. This helps to create an atmosphere where we become another character in the city's history.
- Palace and Gardens of the Rey Moro. Overlooking the famous Tajo Gorge created by the Guadalevín River, the rear gardens of the Palace of the Rey Moro [Moorish King] is a romantic spot in the old city.
- Ruins of the Roman Theatre of Acinipo or Ronda la Vieja. This polis had the authority to mint coins and was hugely important in the Roman world. Ptolemy and Pliny both mentioned it in their work.
Ronda from another 'vantage point'.
We are sure that you will enjoy the imposing views from the New Bridge but we also recommend following the path down to the bottom of the gorge to see the bridge from below in all its splendour.
The view of this stone construction from this vantage point is incredible.
Ronda Municipal Tourist Information Office
- Paseo Blas Infante s/n
29400 Ronda, Málaga (Andalucía).
- e-mail: Ronda Tourism