Ronda is an amazing and very charming city. The gorge-straddling setting and the breathtaking ravine, dividing the old Moorish quarter from the new 'Mercadillo' quarter, turns it into a magic place. Both parts of town are connected by an 18th century bridge where you can look down to the river 100 meters below. Once captured by the Romans, later on transformed to a Moorish bastion and finally conquered by the Christians, the city is full of remains of this rich and turbulent history. This is revealed by numerous monuments and historical buildings worth visiting.
Ronda, birthplace of the legendary Romero and Ordoñez bullfighters families, played a leading part in the development of bullfighting. The bullring, built in 1781, is one of the oldest and most important of Spain and its museum reveals an outstanding collection.
Besides all this, the town is surrounded by unspoiled villages, impressive mountains and nature parks like the 'Sierra de las Nieves', 'Sierra de Grazalema' and 'Los Alcornocales', offering a diversity of stunning landscapes, wildlife, walks and activities. At only 45 minutes from the 'Costa del Sol' and one and a half hour from Malaga Airport, right in between Sevilla and Granada and nearby Cadiz, Jerez and Marbella, Ronda is the ideal home base to make day trips and to explore the rest of Andalusia.
Take note of some artists' opinions about Ronda:
Ernest Hemingway was always very linked to Ronda. "For Whom the Bell Tolls" describes the murder of nationalist sympathizers in the Spanish Civil War. The republicans murder these people by throwing them away from cliffs in an andalusian small town. Hemingway based the incident in Ronda, at the cliffs of El Tajo. Ernest Hemingway wrote many of his novels here as well, such as "Fiesta".
He suggested Ronda to be the best place "to spend your honeymoon or to see a bullfight for the first time".
Rainer Maria Rilke, described as one of the german world’s greatest poets, spent three months in Ronda at the end of 1912 and beginning of 1913. It was while here that he wrote part of his "6th Duino Elegy" and the “Spanische Trilogie”.
Rilke called Ronda "the dreamt city", gathering all the things he wished for.
Orson Welles said he was inspired by his frequent trips to Spain and Ronda. He died in 1985 before he finished his film "Don Quixote". Welles even loved this town so much that he chose it to be his final destination. His ashes were finally scattered in Ronda on the ranch of his friend, the famous bullfighter Antonio Ordoñez.