Ronda has a varied night life both for late dining and dancing. The not to be missed sunset invites for a late afternoon drink at the western side of the gorge.
A fantastic spot is Maruja Limon, where one can also try some great tapas. In between the parador and the bullfight ring, El Quinque offers the best flamenco atmosphere in town where one can at the same time dine and enjoy their almost daily flamenco shows or just hang out at their terrace and mix up with the locals.
Once in the later hours, one should definitely try out Drinks and Co as they serve great cocktails with by far the most modern, european music tunes. The decoration is, just as our hotel, made out of recycled materials.
Several times a year our friends form Descalzos Viejos organize a wonderful fusion of music and wine through evenings that might go “festival style” with dj’s and rock bands but also pure jazz, flamenco or classical. The backdrop of the 16th century convent with its church and wonderful Alhambra feel gardens evokes a unique atmosphere for “Wine believers and music lovers”
At just a 7 minute drive out of town, you reach Arriate where our fellow musicians “The Garcia Brothers” run Los Caireles. Originally in the fifties this place was a cinema called Ideal where daddy Garcia both was barkeeper and movie operator. This ancient, retro feel still is present with the old chairs, projectors and posters of old school commercials from the fifties and sixties. We have literally set up hundreds of memorable nights here as almost all of the bands that stayed in our hotel in the past carried out one or several gigs here always ending in a north-south euro party. The Garcia Brothers nowadays tour as samba referees with the new sport called Bossaball, an invention created by Enfrentearte.
Lifestyle in Ronda; Bars, clubs, restaurants and hotels in Ronda
Lifestyle in Ronda, where to sleep, eat, and drink Where to sleep… Hotel Enfrente Arte Calle Real 40, Ronda, tel. +34 952 879088 www.enfrentearte.com Founded in 1997, our guesthouse opened its doors with the idea to set up a place where people could relax and forget about their daily routines. All this in an atmosphere without any form of restrictions. That’s why you’ll find our self-service bar open 24 hours a day, our breakfast/lunch buffet available all day. everything included in the price of the room. Enjoy our astonishing views, lovely terraces, tropical hall with its exotic birds and fishes, pool, sauna, billiards, and more. Over the years, we have organised various music festivals and distinctive cultural projects. Several artists and production companies used our installations for seminaries or the development of their activities. Where to eat tapas and drink… La Lechugita Calle Los Remedios One of the most classic tapa bars is La Lechugita, maintaining its original atmosphere and decoration. Watch out for the little sign saying ‘Prohibido el Cante,’ an old strategy of barkeepers to shut up the drunken singers. You should definitely try the lechugita (vinegar salad, after which the bar was named), callos, masita, chorizo (different meats). Basically, all of the tapas are authentic. Yes indeed: dEUS is on the wall, in a picture taken in this proper bar during the recording of their album ‘The Ideal Crash.’ Los Cazadores Avenida de Malaga, at the end of Calle Espinel One of Ronda’s best places to eat fresh fish .You can order raciones (portions) of different fish and vegetables. Check out the concha finas (shellfish), berengena frita (fried aubergine), navajas (shellfish), atun plancha (grilled tuna), chipirones (baby squid), and the recommendations of the house. Go early (before two pm and nine pm), because this place is mostly fully booked. Faustino Calle Santa Cecilla You can go at any time for a local wine, vino de Malaga y tinto de verano, and a wide range of typical tapas. Mati is the hardest-working woman in tapa land and has this great friendly drive while taking 25 different orders by heart. Preferred dishes include huevo de codorniz (little fried eggs), setas (fried fungi), serranito guay (a warm sandwich), champiñones (mushrooms). The best thing is to ask Mati or Faustino behind the bar for good advice. Bar El 7 de Copas Paseo de Blas Infante Great terrace in summer where one can enjoy a wide selection of roasted meats, pitas and imaginative salads. Inside, small expos of local artists and every first Friday of the month jazz concerts are hold by Joseli and Manoli who run this place with a large history in Ronda’s day and nightlife. La Gota del Vino Trece Calle Sevilla This tapa restaurant, definitely different, offers a daily changing menu of creative tapas and a wide selection of distinctive local and international wines. Tragabuches Calle Jose Aparicio, near the bullring This modern-style restaurant is a pioneer in new Andalucian cuisine, having received numerous culinary awards in its young history. Its gastronomic menu is a twelve-course flavour banquet you won’t easily find anywhere else. More in Ronda In the centre, you should pay a visit to the Casa del Rey Moro. Especially its mines are worth the exhausting visit. Basically, the whole trip around Ronda’s famous cliffs, leading you from La Alameda Park to the end of the old city and the barrio San Francisco, is a must. If you’re up for a lazy drive in the mountains with some rural stops, you can take the road to Sevilla. After about 15 km, head for Grazalema, which you’ll reach after a winding 20-minute. Astonishing views over the mountains from the village centre with lots of bars and restaurants to take a break. Now, taking the road to Zahara de la Sierra, this trip becomes a cyclist’s nightmare, but with the car there is plenty of room to enjoy the breathtaking scenery, with the splendid lake of Zahara down in the valley. Once you’ve arrived at the lake’s border road, follow the signs to Zahara. On that same road, you’ll see signs for El Vinculo, a very ancient oil mill restored over the last years. Owner Juan will tell you the mill’s history, and you can taste wines and local products in Juan’s shop. He also knows great hiking trails around the Zahara area. Scoring very high on the romantic scale is Zahara, especially around sunset. The colours of the lake and the cosy atmosphere in the village call for more tapas and wine. Back to Ronda is another 20 minutes by car. You don’t have to go back through Grazalema; just follow the lake road that will lead you to the main road to Ronda.
Ronda by Night, historic pubs and restaurants.
There are many options and places to go to in Ronda by night, but if you really want to go to the ones that have history and share with locals, you should check these out… Ronda by night Los Caireles Los Cáireles Calle Ronda 10 Arriate (Malaga) Los Cáireles opened its doors in 1956. It was known by the ancients as the bar of the movies because apart from the bar, they exploited the first cinema in the village: ”Cine Ideal”. You could eat some tapas here, watch a movie and finish your evening with some wines in the bodega. When, in these times ,they showed a popular picture, people even brought their own chairs to sit behind the last row of seats. Local businesses showed their commercials with slides projected at the beginning of each movie. Frequently the enthusiastic spectators sang along with the songs during the films. In 1988 they decide to convert the cinema into a tablao de flamenco and they start organizing all kinds of flamenco concerts and free podia where all the villagers could sing, act or just improvise. At the start of the nineties, they close the big hall and turn part of it into a cosy, clubby bar .With a more diverse program, you can now assist a dj session as well as a traditional Cuban or flamenco gig. Many bands have passed by Color Humano, Buscemi and much more. In the afternoon they serve all kinds of teas and coffees, the Arab mint tea being one of their classics. Los Caireles is situated in Arriate, at 6 km from Ronda. This pleasant village welcomes few tourists which gives it a quiet more authentic feel. Two brothers, Manolo and Roberto run Los Caireles and they literally know the whole village. Young and old come and go here .These are the places they recommend in their village and beyond. Other authentic options… Bar Manolo, Calle Ronda 42 Typical Andalusian bar still in its original state. Bar Café El Albarra Calle Albarra 2 Ancient bar where the older people still play cards and domino, great coffee. Taberna Manolo Plaza de la Constitucion 21 Again, here you can find all kinds of tapas, try the slight spicy callos (meat and beans) and get advice from Manolo who is a funny character. Hostal Venta El Chozo just at the beginning of the village on the main road from Ronda Apart from their restaurant with home made plates, rooms available at economic rates. Venta El Pelitre at 3 km of Arriate, bendy road through the acres, everybody knows it Rural restaurant with their own vegetable acres, so food is always fresh. Venta La Venta From Ronda, the road to el Burgo after 4 km The shepherds came here always to eat in this top rural spot. Sometimes you can still see the herds of animals ,waiting outside until the shepherd finishes his lunch. Manolo en Roberto know a couple of captive nature trips by foot and by mountain bike. The best thing to do is ask them personally how to go, because these paths are not easy to find. In summer they can explain you how to localise hidden riverbanks where one can swim in pure water.