Another weekend, another adventure. This time, my boyfriend and I decided to go to Ronda. With coach tickets at €24 return and a night in an AirBnb another €24, it seemed like a reasonably cheap 2 day trip away. Before going, I knew Ronda was meant to be beautiful but what I saw was incredible. I was joking all trip to Jake about how I’m going to need to use a thesaurus when writing this blog post because it was just so indescribable.
Anyway, here’s what I got up to in Ronda!
The coach journey took about 1.45hours from Seville San Sebastian. To be honest with you, I napped pretty much the entire way. However, when I did end up waking up about 25 minutes before arriving, the picturesque views began. The coach drove down tiny mountainous roads, passing through deserted villages with the most incredible views.
Seeing as our AirBnb wasn’t ready when we arrived, we wasted no time in exploring. The “city” (I use speech marks because you could literally walk the entire thing in about 20 minutes – the place is tiny) centre was filled with loads of shops and bars, just like any typical city centre if I’m honest. Nothing special, but still beautiful.
But, when we reached Puente Nuevo, that’s when my impression of Ronda changed completely. One of the three bridges, this bridge is the newest (hence the name). It connects the two sides of the city and stands at a height of 120m above the chasm where the Guadalevín river runs.
We then headed to La Casa del Rey Moro. Although the main palace was closed for restoration work, paying €5 for the gardens and the “mina secreta” was more than worth it. Somewhat hidden down a little side street as you cross over the bridge, the gardens and mine seemed basically empty when we turned up around 1pm. The gardens were incredibly peaceful and also home to two very reserved peacocks. At the end of the garden, there was a beautiful view of the south side of the city. However, the main attractive was the mine. At the bottom of what felt like an endless amount of steps was an old water mine. Walking down, water was pouring down from the ceiling and everything was just extremely wet (so, make sure you wear sensible and durable shoes – we felt for the people in flip flops). At the bottom was the most breathtaking and eerily quiet platform with two random boats. We could have stayed there taking in the view of the gorge but unfortunately we had to leave to check-in to our AirBnb!
After checking in, we went straight to Alameda del Tajo to have a stroll through it’s gardens and take a look out over the Mirador de Ronda. We just couldn’t get over the views from the city so just stood there for 20 minutes taking it all in. If you can withstand couples with selfie sticks kissing in front of the view, it’s more than worth it!
Casa don Bosco was next on our hit list. Essentially a modernist palace built at the beginning of the 20th century, it’s last official use was as a nursing home for old and ill priests of the city before being opened as a tourist attraction. Although there isn’t much to do there, it is home to a beautiful garden right on the edge of the Tajo Canyon. When we visiting at about 3pm, we were the only people there. It was so nice just to spend some time with Jake taking in more of the view and looking round the beautiful gardens.
Heading a bit further up the road, you reach Plaza de Maria Auxiliadora. From there, you can walk down the canyon itself. Now, word of warning – wear trainers, take water, don’t value your life and mentally prepare yourself. The walk is very much off road. I just tried to look up if there is a name for it, or any information about it online, and there’s nothing. So, that’s reassuring. Walking down steep and very rocky slopes, the path we took (obviously not endorsed by any company) took you under the bridge itself and to some sort of water plant on the other side. It was seriously incredible and a very good work out (I am surprised we got back up to the top without actually dying, so well done us)
After that hike/trek, we needed a drink! If you’re not on a budget, I recommend Duquesa de Parcent! It’s far more expensive than any bar/restaurant should ever be (€3 for Coke) but once again, like most places in Ronda, the view was incredible.