The Puente Nuevo Bridge is without a doubt one of the most famous sights in Ronda. Spanning the El Tajo Gorge, it’s quite a sight to behold, towering the height of the cliff faces. Taking a total of 42 years to create, construction on the bridge began in 1751 and a total of 50 workers were killed during the process. The bridge was designed by architect José Martin de Aldehuela and building work was carried out by chief builder Juan Antonio Díaz Machuca.
Clinging to the edges of the Tajo Gorge, the Jardines de Cuenca wind their way over a series of paths and terraces and provide one of the best views of the Puente Nuevo bridge.
Best of Ronda, Spain. The Cuenca Gardens are located on the ledges of the Tajo and distributed across a series of terraces. The views are jaws dropping and give you a unique and differing perspective of the city. Unfortunately, a number of tourists have fallen to their deaths from the heights of the tall bridge when they were making an attempt to lean over that extra inch to take a spectacular photograph of the valley below. Please be sure that you do it safely! Jan 2014
The most important church in Ronda, the Iglesia de Santa María la Mayor is built in many varying architectural styles, due to the fact that construction began in 1485 and wasn’t completed until the 17th century. Part of the church was also destroyed during an earthquake in 1580. The most fascinating aspects of the church are its Renaissance Choir and images of the Virgen del Mayor Dolor.
One of the prettiest squares in Ronda and home to the Santa Maria la Mayor church, Plaza Duquesa de Parcent is an ideal shady spot for some people watching.
During the Moorish rule of Spain, the Arabic leaders built many bathhouses all over the country, but especially in the province of Andalusia. Many of these ancient Arab bathhouses still remain today and, although not functioning, can still be explored. One of the most important and best preserved is located in Ronda. Built at the end of the 13th century, you can still see the large cauldron used for heating the water to create the steam, and the star-shaped air vents.
Baños Arabes, Calle Molino de Alarcón 11, Ronda, Málaga, Spain, +34 952 18 71 19
Not actually the home of a Moorish king at all, the Palacio del Rey Moro wasn’t built until the 18th century, after the Christians had long regained control of Andalusia. Although the actual house is not open to the public, its wonderful gardens are. Designed by French landscape gardener Jean-Claude Forestier in 1912, they cling to the side of the cliff and are filled with fountains, flower gardens and peacocks. Its real treasure, however, can be found down many stone steps in a mine, which emerges at a cool and serene pool at the bottom of the gorge.
The Bodegas la Sangre Wine Interpretation Centre provides great insight into Ronda’s local wines. As well as tastings straight from the barrel, there’s a museum which explains the history of wine, the grape-growing process, the fermentation process and the various types of local wines and how they’re made.
Bodegas la Sangre, Calle González Campos 2, Ronda, Málaga, Spain, +34 607 66 19 00