Ronda is a pretty old Spanish city and I don’t say that lightly either! The city dates back to Neolithic times (approximately 10,000BC) so if ever you were looking for a place to explore Spanish history – this would be a pretty good place to start!

Thankfully, after our time in Malaga, we decided to head out to see more of Spain and Ronda was right ‘up there’ on my itinerary. Lloyd had been years ago with family and I had yet to see this amazing place so I was understandably excited.

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The drive over, especially in summer, is actually pretty scenic and definitely worth taking your time to enjoy.

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The hotel, by the way, is one of the ‘quirkier’ hotels I’ve stayed in, in a while. It’s called Hotel Enfrente Arte and it’s something of an unexpected gem!

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First off, there’s the price – at the time of booking, it was £60 per night. It’s also ranked number 2 out of 39 hotels in the area on TripAdvisor – at that price, I was initially sceptical but when I saw the rankings, I immediately relaxed about booking it.

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Then there’s the fact that it has a pool… and all the beers and wines you can drink! You simply rock up to the bar and serve yourself.

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The breakfast here’s pretty good too and the owners (who we met by chance as we were checking in) seemed really lovely too.

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Once we checked in, I wasted no time at all and headed out in search of the sights, sounds and (as reminded by the rumbling in my tummy) the tastes of Ronda.

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We started off with an uphill climb to the top of the city, in search of that famous bridge (Puente Nuevo), I’d seen in photos over and over again on Pinterest.

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You come across beautiful view after beautiful view on this walk!

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From the dramatically huge gorge to the surrounding landscape and even the white-washed city houses, a simple thing such an afternoon stroll in Ronda very quickly turns out to be quite the opportunity to appreciate some of the stunning natural and architectural beauty of Spain.

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Soon enough though, we arrived at the top of Puente Nuevo – which, by the way, offers some of the best view of the gorge of Ronda and the countryside.

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Totally worth the climb, right? 🙂

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The best view of the bridge itself however is a mini-hike down the hill… and by mini-hike, I mean like a 5 to 10 minute walk downhill (I’m a lazy ‘hiker’ 🙂 ).

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The view of the bridge when you get there though is absolutely incredible and makes a visit to the city totally worth it!

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Urban legend has it that ages and ages ago, the city was just once place and due to a lot of in-fighting in the villages, the gods pulled the city apart (hence the gorge) to stop the city folk from fighting. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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The downhill walk of course comes with a mandatory uphill walk back up (not my forte at all) but this time, the sheer pleasure at finally having seen that amazing sight is all the motivation you need to leave you skipping back to the top… well, that and the promise of lunch at the top. 🙂



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  • Beautiful! I love the little story about the city. I’d love to see the different views of the bridge but I think I’d be terrified to walk over it! So old…I’d just imagine it crumbling beneath my feet the entire time haha.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Haha! Didn’t even think of that whilst walking over *gulp*. Ignorance is bliss! Haha! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

      • Haha it’s the first thing I thought of when I saw those old stones all magically still in place after all that time. I’m quite a bit paranoid and afraid of heights!

  • Wowww! Amazing still images captured through the creative vision of the photographer. Very nice work! 🙂

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    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much! 🙂

      It really is a special place, we fell in love with the city!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Sophie

    Holy smokes! These photos are stunning! Looks like a damn pretty place – love it.

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    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much Sophie! It’s an incredible place… honestly, we wanted to stay for our whole holiday! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • nice! My friend’s visited it too:)

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Hope they enjoyed it? It’s well worth a visit when you’re in the area – for sure.

      You’ll love it Tanja.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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  • OMG the views in that city are breathtaking! Beautiful photos like always 🙂 Gotta send this link to my family in Spain (so hopefully they take me there when I visit!!).

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhh! Thanks so much Sara. It really is a special place! Hopefully you’re family will take you… actually, insist they do! Haha! 😉

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • MissLilly

    such an amazing place!!! It’s so silly I’ve never been there. Truth is I haven’t explored much of Spain as I should and this is so unique! The hotel looks fab as well, thanks a lot guys for sharing 😀

    • HandLuggageOnly

      We love it so much! The whole town is stunning, it’s a really special place! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • I’ve never heard of Ronda but it looks like an incredible place to explore. I’d be terrified of looking down from the top though – that drop down.. yikes!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Same actually, I started to feel dizzy as soon as I looked over the ledge, it’s an incredibly high bridge.

      Lloyd xx

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