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About Ronda

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. This hilltop, by a deep gorge, has been inhabited since the Palaeolithic age. 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, 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 also has 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. Going even further back in time 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.

What not to miss:

  • Admire the epic views over the El Tajo gorge from the impressive Puente Nuevo.
  • Visit the museum at one of Spain's oldest bullrings, Real Maestranza.
  • Wander through the well preserved Arabic baths.
  • Take a wine tour and sample the produce of the season.

As the town is such a historic place many of the best places to stay in Ronda are booked quickly so plan ahead.

For a mini-break

  • For a traditional gentleman's townhouse feel, book Hotel San Gabriel. The furniture is big and Spanish and there's a lot of brocade, walnut and art. The Hotel San Gabriel is seconds away from the bridge over the gorge, so a great spot for admiring the view.
  • If you're looking for a relaxing spot, La Fuente de la Higuera will hit the spot. This charming building was once an olive mill. 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.

For history

  • Just below the old town, right by the Arab baths is Alavera de los Banos. 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.

For a rural escape

  • Nestled between olive trees and vineyards, the 18th century olive mill, Molino del Arco, has maintained much of its original architecture. The rooms are a clever of mix of traditional with a fresh contemporary finish.
  • Cortijo Las Piletas is a lovely white farmhouse surrounded by sunflower fields in a nature park. Find charmingly sunny bedrooms, a swimming pool, an excellent table d'hote and lunch time picnics.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner Booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.

Travel information

  • Fly to either is Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport or Gibraltar International Airport both 109km from the town. Ronda also has direct train connections to Algeciras, Antequera, Córdoba and even Madrid although services are limited.
  • Best time to visit - Ronda is a year round destination although be prepared for some very cold days in the mountains during the winter months. Spring tends to be mild and dry whilst summer temperatures are usually very pleasant.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars for the best prices.

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Best Hotels in Ronda

  • Hotel San Gabriel Ronda 22 rooms from £74

    Value chic  -  A quaint 18th century townhouse, with stylish interiors, warm welcoming atmosphere and buckets of charm- at a reasonable price.
    Local exploring  -  Nestled in the heart of medieval Ronda, the perfect base for exploring the streets and absorbing the culture.
    Sights nearby  -  Walk across Ronda's famous gorge and visit Spain's oldest bullring and the attached museum.
    Full of character
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    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. See More

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  • Cortijo Las Piletas Ronda 8 rooms from £81

    Active Holiday  -  From hiking to birdwatching or discovering Roman ruins, there are loads of activities for all ages
    Families  -  Interconnecting rooms or a family suite, plus private terraces and a big pool. Family heaven!
    Local exploring  -  Ideally located for exploring Ronda and the Grazalema Nature Park
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    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. See More

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  • Alavera de los Banos Ronda 11 rooms from £86

    Hideaway  -  Peaceful and romantic escape with views of the Mediaeval town and mountains from the pool and gardens.
    Sights nearby  -  Just across the road from the former Moorish Baths, a fine example of 13th century Islamic architecture.
    Great walks  -  The hotel is located in Ronda’s former Jewish Quarter, wander the narrow streets and explore.
    Birdwatching  -  Serranía de Ronda is excellent for birdwatching, bring your binoculars.
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Molino Del Santo Benaojan, Andalucía 18 rooms from £112

    Total relaxation  -  Phenomanal walking, solar-heated pool under the dappled shade of fig trees and top notch Organic Spanish cuisine.
    Great walks  -  Set in a National Park there are endless walking routes right from the door, plus the hotel will pack a lunch.
    Birdwatching  -  Be sure to bring your binoculars, Ronda mountains play host to a large variety of birds.
    Sights nearby  -  Filled with Roman and Arabic architecture Ronda is just 15 minutes from the hotel.
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Fodors

    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 explore the local area. See More

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  • Molino del Arco Ronda 19 rooms from £117

    Sights nearby  -  Ronda is very close or further afield you can discover the beautiful white villages
    Restaurant  -  Many of the ingredients used are grown on site or else very locally
    Swimming Pool  -  Large outdoor pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    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 See More

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  • La Fuente de la Higuera Ronda, Malaga, Andalucía 11 rooms from £171

    Romantic Break  -  Muslin draped beds, private terraces, copper baths and utterly delicious cuisine served under a canopy of stars.
    Total relaxation  -  Spend your days lounging by the pool, wandering the gardens or being massaged in the privacy of your room!
    Birdwatching  -  Head out hiking and try to spot the eagles, vultures and other birds that inhabit the mountains
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the bridge, the Arab baths and the Mondragón Place in nearby Ronda.
    RestaurantSwimming PoolGardenViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Sawdays

    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. See More

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