Ronda is located at the most northwest side of the province of Malaga (Andalusia – Spain), at a bassin surrounded by mountains standing together and with a middle altitude, giving to Ronda a magical character, that, together with its climatic, hydrologic, vegetation and ground characteristics has influenced it among its rich and diverse history
- What to see
- Ronda is really a monumental city. The Old Town has been designated as
- a Historical-Artistic Complex: a collection of buildings in the most
- variegated styles and a succession of charming nooks and crannies. As
- soon as you set foot on Alameda del Tajo, you will be wrapped in the
- grandiose atmosphere of Rainer Maria Rilke’s ‘dream city’ and the singular
- beauty of its natural environment.
Gorge and Bridges
Ronda is a city divided by a gorge: El Tajo. The New Bridge was built across it in the eighteenth century. Being 98m long, it is supported by round arches. The best views of this imposing feat of architecture are offered from the balconies of the Cuenca Gardens. The Old Bridge is older and less spectacular, dating from 1616. In its environs you will see the Archway of Philip V and the Chair of the Moor King.
Noble Mansions and Palaces
The Mondragón Palace is Ronda’s most remarkable civil building. Built in the fourteenth century, today it houses the Ronda Museum. For a token of Modernist architecture, go to the House of San Juan Bosco. The Palace of the Marquis of Salvatierra is a fine mansion too. The Giant’s House is a Nasrid gem, while the Palace of the Moor King, from the eighteenth century, features stars carved out of the rock, leading from the gardens to the Arab mine by the river.
Bullring and Museums
The Ronda Royal Cavalry School Bullring was inaugurated in 1785. It is one of the oldest, most impressive bullrings in Spain. The underground floor houses the Bullfighting Museum. If you are a museum buff, you can also visit the Town Museum, Hunting Museum, the Bandit’s Museum, the Wine Museum and the New Bridge Visitor Centre.
The Palace of the Counts of La Conquista houses the Lara Theme Museum, while the permanent collection of the Joaquín Peinado Museum can be seen at the Palace of the Marquises of Moctezuma.
The climate in Ronda is warm and temperate. The winters are rainier than the summers in Ronda. According to Köppen and Geiger, this climate is classified as Csa. The average annual temperature is 14.7 °C in Ronda. In a year, the average rainfall is 775 mm.