Ronda

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One of the most famous of Andalucia's pueblo blancos (white towns), Ronda is the oldest town in Spain. Having been established in the 9th Century BC! At that time the region was Islamic, and the old town, La Ciudad, was a garden of beautiful mosques and palaces. But this hilltop, by a deep gorge, has been inhabited since the Palaeolithic age, and the ancient inhabitants have left their marks too, in well preserved 25,000 year old cave paintings.

Ronda is positioned precariously close to the edge of the gorge. The ancient town on one side, the modern on the other, and spreading downwards.

And its romantic history has been, at times, equally precarious. Loved by Hemingway, Orson Wells, Alexandre Dumas, David Wilkie and Rainer Maria Rilke, this town has passion and spirt as well as beauty.

Best places to stay in Ronda

For a mini-break

One of Ronda's most impressive sites was actually constructed at the very end of the 18th Century, so relatively new in local terms. It's the Puente Nuevo, an incredible bridge spanning the Tajo de Ronda, the deep local gorge. The height from top to bottom is about 100meters. And inside the bridge is a small museum. It's also worth taking a stroll along the bottom of the gorge.

One of Ronda's best seen sights is Plaza de Toros, Spain's oldest bullring, and the place where the rules of bullfighting were decided. It's also got a small museum inside.

Ronda also has a well respected wine museum, the Interpretation Centre of Ronda Wine.

La Ciudad is where many of the town's other treasures can be appreciated.

  • Book a room at Los Castanos. Just outside Ronda, this is the perfect spot for a relaxed break. Come here for a wonderful home from home feel, accompanied by excellent service from the owners. This is one of the best places to stay in Ronda for those wanting to explore the town and also make the most of the beautiful countryside and traditional Andalucian villages.
  • For a traditional gentleman's townhouse feel, book a room at Hotel San Gabriel. The furniture is big and Spanish and there's a lot of brocade and walnut. And art. The Hotel San Gabriel is seconds away from the bridge over the gorge, so definitely one of the best places to stay in Ronda if you're here for the views.
  • If you're looking for a relaxing spot, one of the best places to stay in Ronda is La Fuente de la Higuera. This charming building was once an olive mill, but the graceful gardens which make this such a peaceful place to stay, were added later. The decor is simple and elegant, the food is excellent and the staff are attentive but invisible. Adding up to make this one of the best places to stay in Ronda for romance.

Historic Ronda

⁃ If you're interested in Ronda's Moorish history make sure you visit the restored 14th Century Arab baths, for an immersive historical experience.

⁃ If you're interested in going further back, visit the Cueva de Pileta, where the cave paintings are 25,000 years old.

⁃ If you're interested in Spanish folk history there's a bandit museum, covering the lives of the bandits and profiteers who targeted this wealthy trading town.

  • Looking for somewhere relaxed to lay your head while you explore the local area? One of the best places to stay in Ronda is Enfrente Arte. Surrounded by historic buildings and expansive views, this is bohemian and friendly. Ideal if you're looking for a home rather than a hotel. It's also one of the best places to stay in Ronda for people watching their wallets with prices starting at only €80 per night B&B..
  • Just below the old town, right by the Arab baths is Alavera de los Banos, probably one of the best places to stay in Ronda if you're looking for an escape from the crowds. The decor is vibrant and rustic and there's a pool, library and lovely garden. Perfect for whiling away the busiest, hottest part of the day.

Still not sure which hotel to choose? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Ronda, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice.

 
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  • Enfrente Arte

    Ronda

    A uniquely laid back hotel surrounded by historic buildings in Ronda. Bohemian vibes and contemporary decoration. A home rather than a hotel with its help-yourself philosophy. Great for families and local exploring.

    12 rooms from $102
    Local exploring
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Less £
    Town
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Alavera de los Banos

    Ronda

    Stunning views, intimate interiors, and a calm ambience just below Ronda old town. Vibrant decor and rustic character, with small library, lovely garden, and pool.

    62 rooms from $109
    Sights nearby  -  Close to the Arab baths.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely outdoor pool
    Full of character
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Hotel San Gabriel

    Ronda

    Characterful 18th-century family home hotel in the heart of old Ronda. Traditionally decorated rooms, classic Spanish style, full of art and antiques. Small private cinema adds sparkle.

    21 rooms from $112
    Birdwatching  -  Birding owner can book trips.
    Full of character
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Cortijo Las Piletas

    Ronda

    A lovely white farmhouse surrounded by sunflower fields in a nature park. Charmingly sunny bedrooms and one family suite, swimming pool, an excellent table d'hote and lunch time picnics. A great choice for an active family holiday and lots to explore in the natural park.

    8 rooms from $115
    Families
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Value chic
    Groups
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Molino Del Santo

    Benaojan, Andalucía

    Comfortable family hotel, a restored olive mill in stunning location. Shaded gardens, flowering terraces, with pool and garden restaurant. Very pretty bedrooms, good organic food and great walks all around. Heaven.

    18 rooms from $121
    Restaurant  -  Organic and free range.
    Garden  -  Attractive outside space.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool and kids pool
    Great walks  -  Good walks from the door.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Los Castanos

    Cartajima, Malaga, Andalucía

    Cosy and intimate boutique hotel in centre of traditional white village. Charming interiors, airy rooms, great attention to detail. Log fires in the winter, extensive library. Perfect for a relaxed break.

    6 rooms from $148
    Great walks  -  Fantastic hiking between 7 white villages.
    Sights nearby  -  Ronda a short drive away.
    Swimming Pool  -  Roof top plunge pool.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
  • Finca Naranja

    Ronda

    A remote B&B with peaceful views of the surrounding hills. Bali inspired rooms and suites in splashes of orange and turquoise. Self-catering kitchenettes are great for families. Lovely pool and lots to explore in the region. Suited to honeymooners and families.

    2 rooms from $178
    Families
    Sights nearby  -  Roman theatre of Acinipo. Just 15 mins drive from Ronda
    Views  -  Great views over the Valley of Ronda la Vieja
    Great walks  -  Stunning trails of the Grazalema Park.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
  • La Fuente de la Higuera

    Ronda, Malaga, Andalucía

    Mellow, converted olive mill with beautiful gardens. Chic bedrooms with terraces, romantic setting and interiors. Terrace restaurant, pool, library, bar, spectacular views. Charming and relaxing.

    11 rooms from $246
    Views  -  Superb views over the surrounding countryside
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Sawdays
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