Monuments and museums
Ronda is one of the oldest cities in Spain, all the cultures that were stablished in the region left a legacy which has contributed to declare Ronda of cultural interest in 1966.
The tour starts at the bullring, which is one of the oldest and most beautiful in Spain. Adjoining Ronda’s bullring is the Bullfighting Museum which displays interesting relics of Ronda’s bullfighting history, the Royal Cavalry Order of Ronda history, a collection of the Royal Saddlery and a collection of old fire arms.
Next go into the gardens behind the bullring, along Paseo Blas Infante. From here are the best panoramic views over the mountains. Ronda is split into two sections by a spectacular 100m deep gorge called El Tajo. On one side is the old Moorish town and on the other is El Mercadillo which is a more recent urban section. The two parts are joined by the Puente Nuevo (New Bridge).
Turn right into Tenorio, at the bottom of which is Plaza Maria Auxliadora where you will find the Palacio Mondragon, a nobleman's house formerly the home of King Abomelik. Follow the road round to one of the most beautiful spots in Ronda, Plaza Duquesa de Parcent where you'll see three beautiful churches (Santa María La Mayor is most impressive). This main square is of Arab origin and housed the Mosque, market, jail and castle. The ayuntamiento (town hall) was built in 1734 on the top of the old shops. It was restored in 1818 after the damage caused by the French.
From here head up Calle Armiñan where you will find a selection of quaint craft and antique shops as well as three interesting museums: The Hunting Museum, which shows the wild hunting fauna of the Serrania de Ronda; The Lara Museum, where world communication, arts, archaeology, sciences and popular Arts, join together offering an ample and varied journey about our past; And the Bandit Museum, which shows all bandits`s stories and incidents. Furthermore there are 2 museums that you cannot miss: Joaquin Peinado´s Museum and the Interpretation Centre of Wine.
The House of the Moorish King has wonderful gardens from which you can descend to the underground mines built by Abomelik in the 14th century. If you head further down this street (Marques de Parada) you'll come to a Renaissance mansion called the Palacio del Marqués de Salvatierra then come to two old town bridges dating back to 1616 (Puente Viejo). Finally at the bottom of the hill you'll reach the well preserved Baños Arabes (Arab Baths) from the 13th Century which were accidentally discovered when the house above them collapsed.