Ronda, Spain is officially my favorite pueblo in Spain. Everything about my day trip there was amazing. Where is Ronda, Spain? you ask. Well I’m glad you asked! It’s located in the southern region of Andalucia in the province of Malaga, making it easy to get to. Malaga is the big city in the south with the large airport. So if you happen to be traveling in Malaga, Ronda is an easy day trip to make.
I feel like this trip was the perfect welcome into spring for me. Everything was amazing about this day. The weather was sunny and the flowers were blooming. So my outfit had to go accordingly. I found this floral maxi dress on Zaful, an online retailer with all kinds of fun stuff.
Even though spring has sprung in southern Spain, it felt a tad chilly. My friend Karla and I popped into a little boutique called Aerostato. The women working were super friendly and impressed with our Spanish. I found this white jacket there and it just paired perfectly with the look. The chucks … well why not? Especially when doing a bit of hiking.
El Puente Nuevo (the big bridge in Ronda)
If any of you have already seen photos of Ronda, you have likely seen photos of the bridge. You can cross it and then hike down below it. It’s called Puente Nuevo because it is the newest of the three bridges that cross the Guadalevín River. New, however, means 1759. According to wikipedia, it took 34 years to build. They used to use the arches as a prison during the civil war in Spain.
Getting down there
This can be the hard and confusing part. If you take a bus or train to Ronda (we took the train), you will walk to the center of town. From here, walk to the Plaza de Toros (virtually every town or city in Spain has an old ring where bullfighting used to happen. And sadly in some parts, it still takes place). From here, you can walk out to the Mirador de Ronda and soak in the amazing views. The weather was just absolutely perfect when we were there.
Then if you go to your left from the mirador and cross the bridge, you will find the pathway to get down to the right. You have to walk down this street and you will get to a plaza. If it’s a weekend, someone likely will be playing a guitar.
I would recommend a good pair of shoes for walking down. There are many spots to snap a good photo once you’re down.
After all that walking, we were hungry. The ladies who worked at Aerostato recommended several restaurants to us. Both were at least a 15 minute walk, but it was worth it. The one we chose was amazing. It is called Bar El Convento. You could tell that this restaurant was a local favorite (as opposed to an over-priced restaurant for the tourists) because it was packed. Spanish people always say that if a restaurant is packed, it’s good. Luckily we snagged two seats at the bar and ordered ourselves some tinto de veranos (a popular drink with wine, spritzer and fruit). It was also around 11 euros for each of us, which included three drinks and three tapas. Not a bad deal at all.
A few more of Ronda, Spain
This is now my favorite small town in Spain. It is absolutely beautiful.
What are some of your favorite small towns that you have visited?
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This dress was provided to me for free in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.