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What to do with your Day in Ronda
Welcome to Ronda, the enchanting city perched on a cliff in Andalucía, Spain. Join us on a whimsical journey as we recount our delightful day exploring the modern and old town delights of Ronda.
From strolling through sunny streets to marveling at the iconic bridge, visiting the fascinating Museo Ciencia, and getting lost in the labyrinthine old town, this blog captures the fun experiences that await in this captivating Spanish gem. Read to the end to watch our video of our fantastic day.
How to get to Ronda
Ronda is well-connected and can be easily reached by various modes of transportation. The method you choose will depend on your starting location and preferences. Here are some options for getting to Ronda:
1. By Air: The nearest major airports to Ronda are Malaga Airport (AGP) and Seville Airport (SVQ). From either airport, you can rent a car or take public transportation to Ronda.
- From Malaga Airport: You can take a direct train from Malaga Airport to Ronda. The journey offers scenic views and takes around 2-3 hours. Alternatively, you can rent a car and drive to Ronda, which takes about 1.5 to 2 hours.
- From Seville Airport: You can take a train or bus from Seville to Ronda. The train journey takes around 2-3 hours, while the bus journey takes a bit longer. Renting a car is also an option, and the drive takes around 2.5 to 3 hours.
2. By Train: Ronda is connected to the Spanish rail network, and there are train services connecting it to major cities like Malaga, Seville, and Granada. The train station in Ronda is located in the newer part of the town. Renfe is the national train operator in Spain.
3. By Bus: Buses are a convenient and cost-effective way to travel to Ronda from various cities in Spain. Several bus companies operate routes to Ronda, connecting it to cities like Malaga, Seville, and Granada, such as Avanzagrupo.
4. By Car: If you prefer the flexibility of traveling by car, you can rent one from major cities like Malaga or Seville and drive to Ronda. The roads leading to Ronda offer beautiful scenery, especially when approaching the town.
5. Organized Tours: Some tour operators offer guided day trips or multi-day tours to Ronda from nearby cities. This can be a convenient option if you prefer a guided experience without the hassle of planning transportation.
Remember to check the latest schedules and availability before you travel, and consider any travel advisories or restrictions that may be in place. Additionally, if you're traveling during peak seasons, it's a good idea to book your transportation and accommodations in advance.
When is the Best Time to Visit Ronda?
The best time to visit Ronda depends on your preferences and the type of experience you're seeking. Ronda has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers, making it a year-round destination. Here's a breakdown of the different seasons:
1. Spring (March to May): Spring is often considered one of the best times to visit Ronda. The weather is pleasant, and the surrounding countryside is lush and green. The temperatures are moderate, making it ideal for exploring the town and its outdoor attractions. The blooming flowers and comfortable temperatures make it a popular time for tourists.
2. Summer (June to August): Summer in Ronda can be warm, with temperatures reaching their peak in July and August. While it's a popular time for tourists, keep in mind that it can get crowded and accommodations might be more expensive. If you're comfortable with warm weather and don't mind some crowds, summer can still be an enjoyable time to visit.
3. Autumn (September to November): Early autumn (September and October) is another great time to visit. The weather is still pleasant, and the summer crowds start to thin out. The vineyards and countryside are especially beautiful during this time, and you might be able to catch some local festivals.
4. Winter (December to February): Ronda's winters are relatively mild, but there can be some rainy days. This is the quietest time for tourism, so if you prefer a more peaceful experience and don't mind cooler temperatures, winter could be a good option. Some attractions might have reduced operating hours during this period.
In general, spring (March to May) and early autumn (September to October) are often recommended as the best times to visit Ronda due to the pleasant weather, fewer crowds, and the beauty of the surrounding landscape. However, each season has its own charm, so your choice will depend on your preferences for weather and crowd levels.
Here is how we Spent our Day in Ronda
1. Morning Delights in the Modern District
Our day in Ronda begins in the modern part of town, where sleek architecture seamlessly mingles with the vibrant energy of local life. Stroll along wide avenues lined with boutiques, cafés, and shops. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee and pastries wafts through the air as you immerse yourself in the town's contemporary charm. Take your time to peruse the local wares and indulge in some retail therapy before embarking on the next leg of our adventure.
We started our day with churros and chocolate, which were oh, so delicious!
2. The Majestic Puente Nuevo: A Bridge to Astonishing Views
As the morning sun reaches its zenith, we make our way towards one of Ronda's most iconic landmarks – the Puente Nuevo - the highlight of our day. The bridge's colossal stone arches span the dramatic El Tajo gorge, offering unparalleled panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. As you stand atop this engineering marvel, the beauty of Ronda unfolds beneath you – the shimmering Guadalevín River meandering through the valley, the terracotta rooftops of ancient buildings, and the lush greenery that blankets the hillsides. Capture this breathtaking vista with your camera or simply allow the scene to etch itself into your memory.
Puente Nuevo's combination of historical significance, architectural grandeur, and its role as a link between Ronda's past and present makes it a must-visit destination for anyone exploring the town and its unique landscape.
3. Journey Through Time at Museo Ciencia Historia
Having soaked in the natural splendor, it's time to delve into Ronda's rich historical tapestry. A short stroll brings us to the Museo Ciencia Historia, where the town's past comes alive through captivating exhibits and interactive displays. Immerse yourself in Ronda's evolution, from its ancient origins to its modern-day character. Engage with artifacts that tell stories of the region's heritage, culture, and traditions, offering a deeper understanding of the town's enduring significance. Definately worth a visit and well worth the €4 entrance fee.
4. Ronda Old Town and Magnificent Cathedral
The old town is filled with historic buildings, churches, and hidden corners waiting to be explored.
A stroll through the historic part of Ronda, characterized by narrow streets, whitewashed houses, and charming squares, led us to Santa María la Mayor Cathedral.
No visit to Ronda is complete without a visit to its resplendent cathedral. It is located in the old Moorish town of La Ciudad. The cathedral was built on the site of a former mosque, which was consecrated as a Christian church after the Reconquista in 1485. The cathedral combines Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles, and has a beautiful main altar, choir stalls, and organ. You can also climb up to the bell tower for panoramic views of the city.
The cathedral is open every day except December 25 and January 1
10:00 A.M. TO 6:00 P.M.
November to February
10:00 TO 19:00
March and October
10:00 TO 20:00
A Memorable Day in Ronda
Whether you're drawn to modern architecture, breathtaking vistas, historical insights, or a harmonious blend of all three, Ronda beckons with open arms, promising a day filled with wonder and discovery. So, when you find yourself in this captivating corner of Andalusia, make sure to carve out time for a day as remarkable as the town itself.
'Exploring Ronda' on YouTube:
Wayne and Jo are a married couple living in Spain, but split their time between working on their house there and renovating a chapel in Wales. With four dogs to look after and a business to run, life is never dull in the Becks' household.