Ronda

Birthplace of tauromachy.

Around the river Guadalevín, this historical town has a beautiful old town full of monuments. Ronda is well-known by its amazing bull ring. Ven a España !!! Visit Spain !!!

Plan your stay in Ronda

This municipality has enough places where to spend the weekend. Things to do in Ronda normally involve its bull ring, numerous palaces, and the magnificent New Bridge. In case you had more time to visit something else, we woud recommend you paying a visit to the Sierra of the Nieves Natural Park and Casarabonela.

Do you want to visit this place?

You should start your visit in the amazing New Bridge (93-meter height) which is crossed by the river Tajo. It even has its own Interpretation Center. In the old town, we find a Arab Wall from the 13th and 16th centuries, and the beautiful Felipe V’s Gate (1742), Cíjara’s Gate and Almocábar’s Gate. The near Santo Domingo Convent (16th century) was the headquarters of the Inquisition. We also highlight the Moorish King Palace (18th century), together with ther Arab Baths (13th-14th centuries). Do not miss the Maqués of Salvatierra Palace, and the minaret that was once the bell tower of the old San Sebastián Church. The Giant’s House is a palace from the Nasrid period (14th and 15th centuries) that still preserve the courtyard and the plastering. Juan Bosco House (early 20th century) still has some beautiful gardens and a marvelous collection of ceramisc and tapestry from the period.

Some of the churches here are also quite interesting: Padre Jesus Church (16th century), Baroque in style, is famous because of housing an image of Jesus -the Eight Caños Fountain nearby is beautiful too. Santa María La Mayor Church, built upon a PaleoChirstian basilica from the 5th century, was replaced by a mosque. The current building is from the 15th to the 17th centuries. Near this building, the Bandit Museum is a must-see for those who are interested in the history of Ronda. The Holy Spirit Church (1605) includes the medieval walls; and Santa Cecilia Church houses the retablos of San Antonio (18th century) and of the Trinidad (19th century). The Palace of the Marchis of Moctezuma belonged to the heirs of the Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II (16th century), which houses the Joaquín Peinado Museum -a painter born in Ronda. Mondragón Palace (16th-18th centuries) stands out because of its Gothic courtyard and because it houses the Municipal Museum with archeologic collections.

We find San Antón Caves where there is an interesting rural chapel, the so-called Virgen of the Cabeza(9th and 10th centuries) with the Mozarab houses. The Baroque church (17th-18th centuries) guard the image of the virgin. The Consistorial House (1734) stands out by its beautiful façade with a series of arches. Nearby, the gorgeous Virgen of the Dolores Shrine (18th century), a small chapel that guards an interesting canvas.

Ronda is known wordlwide by its bull ring from 1785. In fact, the history of this town is linked to bullfighting. For instance, the famous bullfighter Pedro Romero, who killed more than 5 000 bulls in the 18th century, was born in Ronda. Thus, it is logic that Ronda has an important Bull-fighting Museumand a Tauromachy Interpretation Center. The Pileta Cave is also known because of its cave paintings from the Paleolithic period. La Algaba allows you to learn about how a prehistoric community was and how it turned into a scientific park. In the surroundings, there is a Roman site that you can visit: the Acinipo (1-km height).

Must-see...

New Bridge
dónde dormir en Ronda
Blas Infante Vewpoint

Practical Data

Coordinates

36° 44′ 14″ N, 5° 9′ 53″ W

Distances

Málaga 101 km, Sevilla 128 km, Madrid 552 km

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