I had heard that a good idea while in Seville was to take a short trip and spend one day in Ronda. We did that and it did not disappoint me. It is a beautiful and interesting little city. I encourage you to visit and while you prepare your trip I leave you some options of what you can do one day in Ronda.
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Traveling by bus from Seville
We took the bus from Seville at Prado Station. Each ticket cost €12 euros. It’s convenient to buy the ticket in advance. We did not. We arrived directly at the station and the bus was full. Luckily they changed to a larger bus and we were able to get on. Another option is to arrive very early because there are several departures. In this link, you can book and check schedules.
What to do one day in Ronda?
Near Plaza de España, on the way to the old town, there is a Tourist Office where you can get a map and get tourist orientation.
Visit the New Bridge (and the Old Bridge)
The first place to go is the Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) because the views from there are incredible. Also, it’s the most famous monument in Ronda. It was built between 1751 and 1793. It links the modern part with the old part of the city. They built it above the Tajo de Ronda, a gorge 100 m deep where the Guadalevín River passes.
The Old Bridge still exists and it’s a bridge with a single arch that linked the city with the Mercadillo quarter. Its origin is uncertain but the most accepted theory is that it was built during the Arab domination.
Mirador de Ronda
The Mirador or viewpoint of Ronda is a small square where you can have fabulous views of the landscape that surrounds Ronda. In the center, there is a kiosk where, on this occasion, we could listen to music from a band that was selling their CDs. With the background music and the height of Ronda, the experience was magical.
The Tajo de Ronda
The Tajo de Ronda is how they call the cliff in the middle of the city. Then you can not miss the views from below if you spend a day in Ronda. Only reach the Maria Auxiliadora Square to find the stairs that will take you down to admire the New Bridge over the Tajo. Be careful because the road is quite steep. Only go down if you have a good physical condition because you will need it to go up.
Arab walls and Gates
Arch of Phillip
The Arch of Phillip was an old Arab gate which they remodeled in the reign of Phillip V in the year 1742. Through this gate passed a great flow of people and merchandise. After the collapse of the first New Bridge, it was necessary to enlarge it. It is a very nice place to take pictures.
The House of the Moorish King
It’s an Arab palace of the 18th century. It has undergone many renovations due to the various owners it has had. It’s currently closed to the visitors, but you can visit the gardens and the so-called Water Mine that exists below. We didn’t have enough time to visit it. But if you have time when you spend one day in Ronda I think it’s an interesting place. In this site, you can read more information and see photographs of the water mine.
The hammam or Arab baths date back to the Nasrid reign, between the 13th and 14th centuries. It had 3 rooms, the cold, the warm and the hot room. It was a space for religious purification and socialization. The roof has very nice star-shaped skylights. The price to enter is € 3.50. In this link, you can check the schedules and get a brochure.
Cathedral of Ronda
This is another building you should visit if you spend one day in Ronda. The construction of the Cathedral or Church of Santa María la Mayor lasted more than two centuries. It has several styles, as is common in this type of buildings, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance. The entrance ticket price is €4.50.
Besides, there are several churches that you can admire even from outside. I don’t know about you, but after a while, I get tired of churches and I begin to see them all the same. One of these is the austere Church of the Holy Spirit. Its construction began in 1485 and ended 20 years later. Admission costs €1 euro.
The Church of Our Father Jesus has that name because in its interior there’s an image called Father Jesus Nazarene. They worship it in Ronda and they display it for the procession of the Holy Thursday.
Plaza de Toros
Discover the corners of Ronda
Ronda is a city with an incredible landscape and with several slopes. If you walk through the city you will find interesting places to take beautiful photos. There are many stairs, walls, bridges and different corners from where you can appreciate this amazing city.