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.