By @Jess Thomson
So, you have made a fabulous choice and decided to travel to Ronda, but you aren’t exactly sure how to get here or what to do when you arrive? Don’t worry, we have got your back! In this post, we have given you our best advice on the practical things we believe you should know before your arrival in Ronda to have the most stress-free and relaxing trip.
Malaga Airport is the closest airport to Ronda and there many options travelling from there. You can take the Line A bus into the bus station in the centre of Malaga and then take a bus to travel to Ronda from there, there are several buses a day. We suggest this as the best option, it is definitely the easiest journey! The second-best option for your transfer from Malaga to Ronda is BlaBlaCar, an app in which you lift share with a local taking the same route as you, and can be really cheap. There are trains available too, but they take the longest time and you have to make changes, so we never recommend this as the best option.
It’s also possible to rent a car at the airport and drive yourself here. If you are arriving in Ronda with a car, there are many places available to park. It is possible to street park all around the city for free, and you may find that your apartment will have spaces nearby that you can park in. If you fall unlucky with street parking, there are several car parks with low rates around the city, (Parking Martínez Astein, Parking Plaza del Socorro) and all of these are well signposted.
We are now ready to travel to Ronda!
Ronda is bursting with tapas bars and restaurants that have something for everyone, so you will never go hungry! You can download our map with our favourite authentic bars and restaurants here and eat like a local. Ronda also has a good selection of fine dining restaurants if you fancy something more elaborate, and there is even a restaurant that has a Michelin Star here! You cannot travel to Ronda without trying some of the local delicacies! You have to try serranito, a delicious sandwich with slices of Iberian pork, serrano ham and fried green pepper topped with a fried egg, which can be found in almost all of the tapas bars in Ronda. El rabo de toro (oxtail stew) is another dish you must try, and we recommend trying this one at Pedro Romero. The best breakfast in town is at Bar Sánchez, order the muffin with olive oil, it’s delicious! And finally, you have to try yemas del tajo- these are sweets typical of Ronda.
Ronda is surrounded by incredible countryside and stunning views so one of our favourite things to do is just take in the views and walk through the countryside. There are many walks in and around Ronda that make for a beautiful and relaxing time! The Puente Nuevo (the bridge) is one of the hottest spots in town, with breath-taking views of the gorge that splits Ronda in two, and the Paseo del Hemmingway, a balcony that overhangs the gorge, is also free and definitely worth a visit to see the views of the surrounding mountains. The Plaza de Toro is also the perfect spot for a stunning view of the valley surrounding Ronda, and if you’re feeling flashy, buy a glass of wine and relax here in the sun – this is one of our favourite pastimes! Furthermore, the old town in Ronda is very enchanting and you can lose yourself in the winding streets for hours without spending a penny.
On Tuesday afternoons many of the museums in Ronda are free, from roughly around 3pm-5pm, so make the best of this time and pop in to discover the history and culture of our town. Our favourite museum is the Palace of Mondragon where you can learn about the history of the people of Ronda in a beautiful building that was the home of the Moorish King Abomelic I and when you have finished, head out to the courtyard at the back of the building to relax in the flourishing garden with views of the valley.
Although it’s not actually free, we want to let you know that on Wednesdays there is a discount at the cinema, so you can be cultural and relax at the same time and see a film in Spanish.
If you didn’t change your money before arriving in Ronda, don’t worry, there are of course cash points all over the city, but please note there is often a fee if your home currency isn’t the euro! It is also possible to pay by card, but there is sometimes a minimum you must spend so we recommend always having some cash on you just in case. If you would prefer to exchange your money at an Exchange Office, there is one here in Ronda, at Calle Nueva 5, you can call them on this number to find out more: +34 951 152 935 .
This is often something that tourists are unsure of! In Ronda the water is considered drinkable, but it’s described as ‘hard’ and doesn’t always taste nice. The majority of people, locals and travellers alike, drink bottled water or use a filter jug, we advise you to do the same.
And finally, we want to remind you that it’s very important to check which travel documents you need to get into Spain. For anyone from a country within the EU, you only need your passport to travel to Ronda. For the majority of countries outside the EU as long as the trip is no longer than 3 months you too will only need your passport, but there are some exceptions to this. Our best advice for you is to check the guidelines for travelling to Spain on your government website to ensure you will be able to enter the country before leaving on your journey.
Our tips and advice are sure to see you arriving in Ronda well prepared and with no fuss, so you are ready to enjoy your trip. Our suggestions for where to eat and what to do will help you to make the best of your stay, but if you would like more ideas on activities to do during your visit, at Entrelenguas we offer tours and cultural activities so don’t hesitate to check them out!