Explore the White Villages
Ronda is surrounded by beautiful mountains. Spend a day exploring the "Pueblos Blancos", especially in the National Park Sierra de Grazalema. You will be enchanted by these pretty white washed villages. Grazalema is a firm favourite, with an array of small shops selling local produce and plenty of choice for places to eat out.
Stroll into town
Just before sunset, slip through the short passageway at the end of the street and join Spanish families in their evening 'paseo' through the Alameda Park.
Being so close to town at Casa Rilke, it's so easy to stroll into the centre and have a long lunch. The Plaza Socorro has an array of cafes and restaurants, it's great place to do a spot of people watching too!
Visit a bodega
Some excellent wines are produced by 'bodegas' in the Ronda area and some bodegas offer guided tours and wine tastings. Ronda also has a wine museum where you can sip a glass as you wander around the beautiful old building and discover the history of wine production in the region.
Visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada
A great day trip to do is visit the Alhambra palace in Granada, just over a two-hour drive away. Tickets must be booked well in advance, so book online before your holiday to avoid being disappointed! www.alhambra-tickets.es
Enjoy Shopping in Ronda
Most of the shops are concentrated around the long pedestrianised street, Calle la Bola, and the streets that lead off it, which make up Ronda´s main shopping area.
If you are interested in pork products, (which are particularly tasty in this part of Spain) visit the specialist shop situated just five minutes from Casa Rilke in Jerez Street. Their speciality is Bellota ham which is produced from pigs fed on acorns from the holm oaks in the region.
La Merced Convent
If you like sweet things then visit La Merced Convent in Ronda, just around the corner from Casa Rilke. Here, the hard-working nuns earn a living by making and selling cakes.
Turn back time
and immerse yourself in a world of bandits and romantic travellers in Ronda's new festival "Ronda Romantica". Tthe whole town gets dressed up in traditional costume and performs historical re-enactments from the 18th century. Ronda Romantica will take place in 2016 on May 20, 21, 22.
Evening Stroll Anyone?
Ronda retains its Spanish flavour in the evenings, which is the best time to walk around the city centre and old town.
Do not miss the Flamenco Festival that takes place in the town in August, a marvellous opportunity to experience the passionate dancing and folk songs (cantes) native to Andalucía. Near Casa Rilke you can also enjoy an evening of Flamenco at Bar El Quinque which has shows daily.
You are in an excellent area for nature lovers. Visit the Sierra de las Nieves, on the road to San Pedro, where you will find the pinsapo, a rare Spanish fir tree which has survived since the last Ice Age.
Ronda celebrates its fair and festival in honour of Pedro Romero, the only fair in the world dedicated to a bullfighter, the first weekend of September each year. “Rondeños” and visitors alike can enjoy a whole week of fun and festivities. There are celebrations with plenty of merriment, in the main town centre nearest to the bullring during the day. The main attraction being the “Corrida Goyesca” on Saturday afternoon (2nd September 2017), a bullfight with the “toreros” wearing a traditional Goyesca style costumes based on the Spanish artist Goya. At night, there is also the large fairground on the outskirts of the town, running into the early hours with fair rides, music and large tents (casetas) for local groups and associations to meet. Bullfighting is not the only thing to see, ladies dressed in traditional gypsy flamenco dresses and the beautiful horse and carriage parade on Sunday is unquestionably worth seeing!
Classic Flamenco Guitar Concert
If you are a fan of classical music, or even just fancy a taste of some real Spanish music - Celia Morales is a classical Spanish guitarist who performs small and intimate concerts in her academy in Ronda."For anyone not exposed to Flamenco guitar, the performance was an eye-opening display of virtuosity, and the music was representative of the best of Flamenco, full of passion and colour."
The Corrida takes place in the bullring. Built in 1784, it is one of the oldest in Spain and the second most important monument of the town. For a small admission charge you can visit the bullring and its museum.
View Ronda from the Foot of the Gorge
You cannot leave Ronda without descending to the bottom of the gorge. Pass the gorge and drive along this narrow street until you come to the old walls of the town. Turn right and then right again at the bar called ‘Bodega San Francisco’. Now simply continue downhill.
View Ronda from a Distance
Perhaps the best views of Ronda are not from the bottom of the gorge but rather opposite it. Drive to the old walls of the town and continue towards Algeciras. Look for the purple sign for Ermita Rupestre, from where you have a spectacular view of Ronda from a distance.
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