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Last updated: 16 July, 2023
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

Once impregnable Ronda is the only city in the wildly beautiful Serrania de Ronda between Malaga and Seville, and makes for a fine day trip.

Teetering on sheer cliffs, Ronda’s extraordinary Puente Nuevo straddles the 150m deep Tajo gorge, linking the old Moorish town to the new. The views alone make it Andalusia’s third most visited city, but there is much more, including the Palacio de Mondragon Museum and gardens, the city walls and gates.

Ronda is also a gateway to a series of so-called White Villages (Pueblos Blancos) – 20 hill towns in the Sierra de Grazalema named after their glowing white-washed walls, immersed in lovely landscapes. There are several circular White Village routes out of Ronda, or en route to Cadiz or Jerez de la Frontera. Ideal for leisurely touring by car or bike.

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La Casa de Jamon

Ronda, Andalusia, Spain

Inside a delicatessen in Ronda

This Ronda deli is filled with hanging Iberian hams, but also has a wide array of the other delicacies to taste or take home for your favourite foodie. Its café/bar is a great spot for breakfast.

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The White Villages

Andalusia, Spain

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White buildings and a castle upon a green hill

A series of 20 gleaming white hill towns in the gorgeous Andalusian landscapes of the Sierra de Grazalema, just outside of Ronda – ideal for touring by car or by bike.

Best for ages 18+

Aguas de Ronda

Ronda, Andalusia, Spain

An indoor stone swimming pool

Relax in this charming spa, built amid the 700-year old ruins of Ronda’s Arab baths, with its five pools in various temperatures, sauna, infrared room and ice fountain; massages are available as well.

Adult price: £19

Best for ages 13+

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Casa del Rey Moro

Ronda, Andalusia, Spain

View of the Casa from across a valley showing it built into the cliff wall

An 18th-century mansion where can visit the half-French, half-Moorish garden and the extraordinary ‘water mine’ that supplied Ronda, 231 steps below the gardens to the Tajo river.

Adult price: £6

Best for ages 18+

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Mondragon Palace

Ronda, Andalusiia, Spain

Exterior facade of the Mondragon Palace on a sunny day

Ronda’s town museum is housed in the 14th-century royal palace of Moorish king Abomelic I, with its gardens, Moorish courtyards and views out over the Sierra de Grazalema. Exhibits cover the town’s history, and the nearby Pileta Cave.

Adult price: £3

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Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The nearest international airports are Malaga and Seville. From there, you can take a direct bus or train to Ronda, with journey times ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 hours. Alternatively, if you’re already in Spain, you can take a train or bus from various cities like Madrid, Granada, or Cordoba.

Getting around Ronda is relatively easy as it’s a compact city. Most of the major attractions, including the famous Puente Nuevo bridge, are within walking distance. You can explore the historic centre on foot, strolling through its narrow streets and discovering hidden gems.

If you prefer a faster mode of transportation, taxis are readily available. Additionally, there’s a local bus service that connects different parts of the city. Renting a car can be convenient if you plan to explore the surrounding countryside or visit nearby towns and villages.

When to do it

Ronda is beautiful year-round, but maybe less so in July and August when it can be very hot and crowded. Spring and Autumn are the best times to visit for clement weather.

Who to go with: organised tours

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Our selection of the best Viator tours of this attraction or activity

White Villages and Ronda Day Tour from Seville

Seville

White Villages and Ronda Day Tour from Seville
(mandatory, please READ DEPARTURE & RETURN SECTION to choose your pick up.) Take the day to discover the famous “White Villages” of Andalusia. These stunning white washed towns will amaze you with there uniformity and cliffside construction. These ancient dwellings have survived war and power changes.Their existence today is a true miracle and telling about the advanced construction practices of the ancient Moorish settlers. Leave the logistics up to us, and enjoy the day touring these UNESCO World Heritage sites. Visit the village of Ronda, one of the most famed “White Villages” it will leave you in awe. This village is situated on a plateau that will allow you to enjoy expansive views of the valleys below and marvel in the cliff sides. Ronda is separated in two parts by a 120 meter chasm. This has been crossed by a 18th century stone bridge that will surely make you feel like your in a wonderland.

Price: €79

Min age: 0

Rating 4.49 / 5 [1203 ratings]

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White Villages and Ronda Day Trip from Seville

Seville

White Villages and Ronda Day Trip from Seville
Discover White Villages and Ronda from Seville with our local guide. We will visit, among others, the most emblematic places of the city, the New Bridge, also, we will pass through Zahara de la Sierra and the natural park of Sierra de Grazalema, you will enjoy the nature and the fresh air of the mountain. We will also visit an olive oil mill where we will do a small tasting of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Price: €79

Min age: 0

Rating 4.12 / 5 [130 ratings]

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Private Guided Day Trip to the White Villages and Ronda from Seville

Seville

Private Guided Day Trip to the White Villages and Ronda from Seville
Enjoy the authentic and renowned tour of the White Villages, our tour endorsed by the excellent reviews of our expert guides Alexis, Ana or Enrique allow us to offer a unique and different day tour. We will enjoy the beauty of Zahara de la Sierra, the impressive orography of Setenil de las Bodegas and the carteristic and majestic city of Ronda. We will finish enjoying the local bakery of the village of Olvera. All this in a semi private tour (maximun 6 peoples) without hurry, enjoying the beauty and the landscapes that we will visit. Obliged to take photo camera or smartphone !!! Being a private tour, we are flexible for the villages that you wish to visit, you only have to indicate it in the reservation or comment on the same day of the tour to our mate. We are flexible (within a logic on logistics).

Price: €274

Min age: 8

Rating 4.92 / 5 [118 ratings]

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Private White Villages & Ronda Day Tour from Seville

Seville

Private White Villages & Ronda Day Tour from Seville
Discover the 'White Villages' of Andalusia, visiting Zahara de la Sierra, Grazalema and Ronda. Join this Private Guided Day Tour from Seville where you will enjoy these beautiful towns and stunning landscapes around one of the greatest natural parks in southern Spain. Remember that you can customize the tour depending on your preferences by adding and removing white villages or attractions. Setenil de las Bodegas, Acinipo, Pileta´s Cave, Olvera or visiting a local winery are some examples that you could add to your itinerary.

Price: €540

Min age: 0

Rating 4.86 / 5 [110 ratings]

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Ronda Private Day Trip from Malaga

Malaga

Ronda Private Day Trip from Malaga
You will visit with your private guide the oldest building in Spain as you navigate the winding streets. With a rich history spanning centuries you will feel the very essence of the city as you breath in the scents and hear the sounds of this ancient hold. Dating as far back as the Roman empire this land has seen many rulers, religions and its own fair share of drama. As you cross the stunning Puente Nuevo bridge you will travel between the Moorish and Modern parts of the city. Among the many treasures you can see are the Arab Baths, Church of the Holy Spirit, Church of Santa Maria la Mayor and the must see The Jardines de Cuenca (Cuenca Gardens). Built on the ledges of the Tajo you are gifted with spectacular views of the countryside. With one final landmark to see, the bullring is one of the finest in all of Spain. With its own unique story to be told and amazing architecture it can take your breath away and you can feel the drama of this cultural spectacle.

Price: €315

Min age: 10

Rating 4.92 / 5 [66 ratings]

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Destination guides

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Destination guides including or relevant to this experience

Andalusia

Andalusia, Spain

Andalusia

A big dazzling region, packed with fascinating cities, beautiful landscapes and beaches, colourful fiestas and oodles of sunshine.

Malaga

Andalusia, Spain

Close up of the beautiful cathedral from the side

A big, vibrant city with a fascinating old centre, lively contemporary art, sandy beaches, great restaurants and buzzy nightlife.