The enchanting city of Ronda, located in the province of Málaga, Andalusia, Spain, is surrounded by a mountainous terrain that enhances its mysterious charm. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Spain. According to archaeological discoveries in the old town, we can trace its origins to Neolithic times. Declared of Cultural Interest since 1966, the city has a rich and diverse historic heritage.
To visit Ronda is to lose oneself in the captivating aroma of blooming geraniums coming from the balconies and courtyards. One must enter the old taverns, sip some sherry and have a
A stroll along the Alameda del Tajo, a
Ronda is home to one of the oldest and most monumental bullrings in all of Spain: the Royal Cavalry of Ronda, built in 1785. Since 1954, it is the official venue of the traditional Goya bullfight. For the occasion, both audience and bullfighters don costumes from Francisco de Goya‘s times in a festive celebration worthy of the late 18th century. The Royal Cavalry of Ronda also houses a bullfighting museum.
Sunsets are unforgettable from the Albacara Walls, built during the Muslim period to protect the mills along the Tagus River. The city still retains its two original access entrances: Puerta de
Parador Nacional de Turismo.
Ronda captivated the famous filmmaker Orson Welles. A lover of Spanish culture and its people, Welles cultivated the friendship of the most renowned bullfighters of the era, including Antonio Ordoñez and Luis Miguel Dominguín. After his death in 1985 in Los Angeles, California–and by his express wishes–his ashes were brought to Ronda. They rest in the San Cayetano farm owned by his good friend Ordoñez.
The best place to stay in Ronda is the Parador de Turismo, located in the city center, a privileged location near the famous Puente Nuevo. You will find comfortable and spacious suites and a typically Andalusian cuisine with creative touches. ■
PHOTOS: Courtesy Turismo de Ronda & Parador de Turismo de Ronda.