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Costa del Sol to Ronda Road

Costa del Sol to Ronda Road

By car, 69 km, 1 day

Just before San Pedro de Alcántara, the winding A 396 leads away from the lively coastal resorts of the Costa del Sol and Marbella, its cosmopolitan capital. The beaches and tall buildings on the sunny shoreline give way to the valleys, mountains and Spanish firs of the Serrannia de Ronda, with its dizzyingly high town of the same name built over a gorge. And don't forget to enjoy these two sides of Andalusia while savouring a plate of shellfish.

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Panorama   Worth a detour Worth a detour

A 369 29400 Ronda
Nature and gardens

The Iglesia Rupestre de la Virgen de la Cabeza stands on a spur, opposite Ronda with the Guadalevín running down below. The lofty site commands superb views of Ronda.


The old town of Ronda   Worth a detour Worth a detour

C. Armiñan 29400 Ronda
Architecture, castles and historic districts

The heart of the old Moorish town, which survived until 1485, is a delightful labyrinth of picturesque alleyways fronted by museums, such as the municipal in the Palacio de Mondragón, churches, convents and noble residences. Make sure you visit the 18C Casa del Rey Moro, home to the Jardiens de Forestier (gardens) and La Mina, a secret staircase that descends directly to the river. The Palacio del Marqués de Salvatierra is a fine example of 18C noble architecture and boasts a magnificent doorway. The Minaret of San Sebastian is all that remains of the 14C Nasrid mosque.


Plaza de toros   Interesting

Pl. de toros 29400 Ronda
Architecture, castles and historic districts

Built in 1785, the arenas are among the oldest and most attractive in Spain and they are the largest in the world with a diameter or of 66 m. The neo-classical, simple interior is divided into two storeys with Tuscan columns topped by a stone balustrade. In the Bullfighting Museum (Museo Taurino) there are some bright garments and many souvenirs and photos invoking the family histories of the bullfighters of Ronda; the Romeros, the Ordóñez.

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