If you are looking for ideas for what to do in Ronda, perhaps the most famous of the White Villages of Andalusia, then look no further than our guide which gives you ideas of where to explore in the town itself, where to relax and why it is the perfect base from which to explore this delightful region of Spain.
In with the old
Ronda Old Town remains true to its Moorish roots with winding, tiny streets and shops. Head here to wander, enjoy the shade on hot days and get a feel for a place that is steeped in Arabic and Christian history.
If you need to know where to park in Ronda to explore the Old town, we suggest finding a spot in the new part of town then head across the Puente Nuevo which sit across the 120-metre-deep El Tajo canyon that the town is famous for.
A spot of culture
There are plenty of things to do in Ronda (Spain) to discover the local area. There are several churches to visit, including the Church of the Holy Spirit which is unique due to it being built as part of the old walls of the town.
Ronda Guitar House has daily concerts performed by its in-house classical and Flamenco guitarist Paco Seco, with wine served by glass to enjoy as you listen to the music.
Bullfighting is a popular pastime in Spain, with most major towns and cities having their own bullring. Ronda’s bullring dates back to the late 16th century and was built by the Romero family yet made famous internationally by Hernest Hemingway. Casa del Rey Moro, closed for thirty years for restoration is now open to the public. Visits to its gardens can be undertaken seven days a week from 10 a.m to 8 p.m.
Take a dip in the river at the Cueva del Gato (the cat’s cave), a beautiful river pool in the Sierra de Grazalema, a natural park within easy driving distance of the town. It’s the ideal place to head when you need to cool down in summer.
Carrera Espinel is the central shopping street and it’s where everyone heads to shop for clothes and accessories. The best shoe shops in Ronda can be found here with Gody and Perez Cabrera being two of the most famous places to buy shoes with the locals. Sip a coffee or enjoy some chocolate con churros while you decide what’s next on your what to do in Ronda list at one of the many cafés to be found in the Old Town.
Ronda market day is on Sundays, there you’ll find fruit, vegetables, cheeses, cured ham and bread here as well as olives and olive oil. On the first Sunday of every month this food market is even bigger with the addition of an arts and crafts section.
Places to stay in Ronda
If you need to know where to stay in Ronda then look no further than the Catalonia Ronda hotel in the Old Town. It’s enviable location close to the Ronda bridge and right in front of the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda bullring offers stunning views of the Plaza de Toros de Ronda (bullring) from the hotel’s infinity pool and from several of the hotel’s balconies. The elegant rooftop terrace of this Ronda hotel is the perfect place to enjoy the light at the end of the day with a chilled drink and tapas.