Ronda- Spain’s Enchanting Hilltop Village

Ronda- Spain’s Enchanting Hilltop Village

 

Ronda is the third most visited city in Spain!

If you are not familiar with Ronda let me describe it for you. It is a beautiful, charming Andalusian town that is perched in the mountains and situated between huge gorges. The town seems to hang precariously from the cliffs as life continues on seemingly unchanged from days gone by. The drive to Ronda, especially as you near the town, is breathtaking!  You will see beautiful mountain passes with curvy roads and tranquil fields all the way up.

ronda spain

It just so happened that once we arrived in Ronda we came to find out that they were having a rock-climbing and zip lining competition. Due to this, there were more people out than usual as well as the competitors from different parts of Europe. The atmosphere was festive but still laid back and relaxed in a way that only Andalusia can do.

If you are coming here in the morning,  do what we did! Start the morning off by having some tapas in one of the many plazas. We tried tapas of caramelized pork cheeks and Spanish tortillas. Both were delicious as well as a good value.  You can soak up the sun before heading to one of the main attractions the Puente Nuevo or New Bridge. After a few minutes walking,  you will arrive and find the town connected from both sides by a massive bridge that plunges straight down into the gorge.

From both sides of the bridge, you can see great views of the houses and restaurants as well as the natural scenery lying below. After taking some necessary Instagram worthy pictures, try exploring the towns quaint streets.  You can easily get lost in the small streets and plazas of this lovely town. We finished our day trip in Ronda by heading to the town center for a wonderful lunch among the lively locals and tourists.

ronda spain

ronda spain

About 15 minutes away, there’s a place called Cueva del Gato. In English, this means the Cat’s Cave. There is a cave that looks like the mouth of a cat.  This is a local’s area which has clear blue waters for swimming that lead into a massive cave. The cave can be explored with a guide or if you are feeling adventurous you can explore it yourself. The cave has underground rivers and other fascinating things to be discovered. Take a swim in the water for some relief from the heat.  Or just relax!  If you go to Ronda make a stop here for a picnic or just to escape the heat!

cuevo del gato

 

cuevo del gato

 

cuevo del gato

Practical Information:

To find the ‘Cat’s Cave’

If you are coming from Ronda follow the signs for Seville. After approximately 5kms you’ll see a signpost for Benaoján/Monteque, take a sharp left and follow this road. After another 6kms or so, keep your eyes open for a parking area on the right. It can be easy to miss but there’s a small sign for a hotel/restaurant Cueva del Gato.

You can park at the top or drive further down, parking next to the hotel/restaurant. The restaurant is a good place to stop for lunch too. The food is very good and responsibly priced.

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