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. Our pick of the best places to stay in Ronda offer a good choice for both those who want to stay in the centre of town and those who prefer to be a bit more rural.
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.
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.
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.
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. Alternatively widen the net and check out all our recommendations in Andalucia.
Characterful 18th-century family home hotel in the heart of old Ronda. Traditionally decorated rooms in classic Spanish style, full of art and antiques. Small private cinema adds sparkle. The breakfasts are excellent. Ideal for an authentic stay.
Charming boutique B&B in the heart of pretty historic Andalusian town Ronda with original fittings including a grand 17th century door. Rooms are bright and modern, with wooden floors, air conditioning, wifi and a lovely garden courtyard. Idyllic churches and bullfighting in town.
Stunning views, intimate interiors, and a calm ambience just below Ronda old town. Vibrant decor and rustic character in true Spanish style. Small library, lovely garden, and pool with wonderful views. Indulgent breakfasts. Ideal for completely unwinding.
Nestled between olive trees and vineyards, this 18th century olive mill has maintained much of its original architecture. The rooms are a clever of mix of traditional with a fresh contemporary finish. Sunbathe by the pool, explore Ronda, and taste the delicious local cuisine, with much grown on site
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.
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.
Cartajima, Malaga, Andalucía
Cosy and intimate boutique hotel in centre of traditional white washed village. Charming interiors, airy rooms, great attention to detail. Log fires in the winter, extensive library. Perfect for a relaxed break.
Comfortable family hotel, a restored olive mill in a stunning location. Shaded gardens, flowering terraces, with pool and garden restaurant. Pretty traditional bedrooms with white washed walls and wooden beams. Good organic local food. Ideally located to to explore the local area.
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.
Ronda, Malaga, Andalucía
Converted olive mill with beautiful gardens. Chic white washed bedrooms boast balconies with stunning views, some have enormous copper baths. Terrace restaurant serves food using local produce. Ideal for completely unwinding.