Ronda is not a particularly large town, so its key architectural attractions can all be visited by foot in a single day. Below, we take you on a walking tour of Ronda’s most spectacular sites, from the breathtaking “New Bridge” to some of the best-preserved Arabic baths in Spain.
If you’re standing on the Puente Viejo and facing the New Bridge, take the road that leads off to your right, beyond the old city walls. After about ten minutes, you’ll arrive at some of the best-preserved Arabic Baths in Spain. Ronda’s Baños Arabes date from the 10th and 11th centuries, and are made up of three spaces, which maintained cold, medium and hot temperatures. Particularly beautiful are the star-shaped ventilation holes in the ceilings.
11 Calle Molino de Alarcón, Ronda, Spain, +34 952 18 71 19
Leaving the Arabic baths, retrace your steps and cross the Puente Viejo to reach the other side of El Tajo. It’s then a steady uphill walk to reach the unloved but elegant Casa del Rey Moro. This is an attraction that should come with a disclaimer, as it was built in the 18th century not, as its name suggests, during Ronda’s Moorish period. The house itself is closed, but the gardens are spectacular: split over three levels, they adorn the cliffs of the gorge like giant hanging baskets.
Emerging from the lavish gardens of the Moorish King’s house, you will find yourself in one of the most romantic and attractive neighbourhoods in all of Andalusia. This is the oldest part of Ronda and is known simply as La Ciudad (The Town). It dates from the town’s period under Moorish rule, which lasted from the 8th to the 15th centuries, and is packed to bursting-point with gorgeous old townhouses. Turn off Google Maps, wander and surrender to its charms.
Wind up your walking tour of Ronda’s architectural wonders at one of the old town’s most beautiful buildings. The Palacio Mondragón was built to house the town’s Moorish royalty in the early 14th century, but was re-styled by a distinguished Catholic family from Seville at the close of the 15th century. A mix of Moorish and more classical styles is therefore evident – an aesthetic tribute to the blend of cultures that has shaped this stunning town.
Plaza Mondragón, s/n, Ronda, Spain +34 952 87 08 18