Ronda and El Gastor
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Location of El Nogal
Great Things to Do Near El Nogal
Those interested in archæology should go to visit the Roman ruins of Acinipo, on the road to Seville. It has a very interesting amphitheatre.
If you're visiting Ronda for the first time, don't miss the gorge. We recommend the views from the balconies of the park.
The sunset from these balconies is spectacular.
Dar un Paseo
Ronda's quintissential Spanish flavour is best experienced in the evenings, so join the locals on their paseo around the old town centre.
Stop for a drink at the Parador
Ronda is a small town and most of it is within walking distance. If you get tired, stop at the cafetería or bar at the Parador. From its terraces, there are wonderful views along the gorge and to the bridge.
Try an area near the railway station characterised by a profusion of tapas bars. Located in Avenue Ricardo Navarrete (or Avenida de las Palmeras) as it is commonly called, it is just out of the tourist area and you can park your car easily. There are many tapas bars, the best is Bar La Lechera. And for a bigger meal try Restaurante El Moreno - the fish dishes are the speciality here.
Why are bats so important to the eco-system of the caves in the Serrania de Ronda? Find out by visiting the Cave Museum in Montejaque, and learn how the caves were formed in this Karstic landscape.
If you're in Ronda at Easter, do not miss the colourful Holy Week processions. Try to see them in the old part of the town.
Shopping in Ronda is fun: Calle la Bola is the long pedestrianised street and the streets that lead off it, make up Ronda´s main shopping area.
Interested in Antiques?
For those of you interested in antiques, cross the bridge and walk into the old town. Here you’ll find a wide range of shops selling antiques and ceramics.
The main festivals in Ronda take place the first week in September. The whole town goes out to drink and dance on the streets. The main social event is the famous corrida on Saturday afternoon. Royals, members of the government and important people come to the town.
This corrida takes place in the bullring, Ronda´s second important monument, after the bridge. Visit the bullring and its museum.
Ronda is set in an area of extreme natural beauty and a good base for visiting the pueblos blancos. Drive through spectacular mountain ranges to the white villages of Igualeja, Júzcar, and Parauta on the road south towards San Pedro.
Continuing on the San Pedro road, a visit to the Sierra de las Nieves is well worth while. Here you can see here the pinsapo, a rare Spanish fir which survived the last Ice Age.
Go to the Foot of the Gorge
You cannot leave Ronda without going down to the bottom of the gorge. Cross 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 go downhill.
For the Best Views of Ronda...
...drive to the old walls of the town and turn right following directions to Algeciras. Drive along this road which eventually will take you out of Ronda. Soon you will see purples sign for Ermita Rupestre, follow this and you will then have a fine view.
Lessons for 'Boy Racers'
A special birthday treat for motor racing enthusiasts, perhaps? Book a day's course in driving a racing car at the Ascari centre just outside Ronda
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.
Enjoy a 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.
A date not to be missed in Ronda, “Ronda Romantica”, 25th to 28th May 2017. The whole town centre comes alive with the Recreation of the Romantic Era. A genuine encounter with the legendary past of this land and its identity. There are parades, battles, markets and parties galore as everyone is dressed up as old age travelers, horsemen and Bandits of the Serrania de Ronda. For the old and the young it’s a great Festival in Ronda.
|Zahara de la Sierra||45 mins|
|San Pedro de Alcantara||60 mins|
|Puerto Banus||60 mins|