The Most Beautiful Buildings in Ronda, Spain

The remains of Rondas Arabic Baths
The remains of Ronda's Arabic Baths | © Ángel M. Felicísimo/WikiCommons
Mark Nayler

Ronda is not lacking in beautiful buildings. From its jaw-dropping New Bridge, which spans a 120 metre-deep (394 ft) gorge, to one of Spain’s oldest bullrings, fans of architecture will find plenty to admire here. Read on for the most beautiful buildings in Ronda, Andalusia.

1. Old Bridge


A little bit further south down the El Tajo canyon is the humble yet attractive Puento Viejo, or “Old Bridge” – one of the two crossings that the Puente Neuvo was built to improve upon. It was constructed in the early 17th century and consists of a single stone arch, beneath which the Guadalevin river cuts through El Tajo. The path to your left (if you’re facing the New Bridge) leads up into Ronda’s old Moorish quarter.

Townhouses in Moorish Quarter

On the south side of Ronda’s Puente Nuevo, there’s an entire neighbourhood of beautiful buildings. This barrio is known simply as La Ciudad, or “The Town”, and dates from between the 9th and late 15th centuries, when Ronda was under Muslim rule. Its romantic, cobbled streets and stately townhouses are best appreciated as night falls, when most tourists are in the more commercial part of town on the other side of the gorge.

Ronda’s elegant 18th century bullring

2. Palacio de Mondragón

Building, Museum

An internal patio in the Palacio de Mondragón
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Located in the heart of the old town is the enchanting Mondragón palace, once home to Ronda’s Moorish rulers and now to the Municipal Museum. Dating from the early 14th century, it was drastically re-designed in the late 15th century by a wealthy Sevillano family, who were awarded the building for their role in the Catholic reconquest of Spain. Beautiful Moorish elements remain, though, such as the gardens and ground floor courtyard.

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