Ronda is undoubtedly one of the finest towns in Andalusia and something of the jewel in the crown in Malaga province. Its plunging gorge, pristine white façades, stunning monuments and a rich traditional in bull fighting and wine make a day trip to Ronda one of the must-dos on any holiday to Malaga.
But getting there is no easy task. Train timetables conspire to give you hardly any time to see the town. Bus journeys are long and who relishes the idea of being on board a bus round all those bends? You can, of course, hire a car but that can be expensive for just one day. The solution? Book yourself a personalised day trip to Ronda from Malaga.
But make it a day trip with a difference
Forget that coachloads of other tourists. That large umbrella or big stick in the air. That straining to hear the guide’s talk through those crackling earphones. That waiting for the others to catch up or finding you’ve been left behind while you take a photo.
No, we mean a proper day trip with a reputable company who will give you value for money and allow you to experience the real Ronda.
Such as Costa Excursions. Founded by Peter Fischer and Thomas Liedtke in 2015, this company offers day trips to Ronda from Malaga with the difference. You’ll enjoy an adventure, experience real Spanish culture and find some personal enrichment. Not bad for a day out!
What you get on a day trip to Ronda
This day trip will depart from your hotel or apartment in Malaga or Costa del Sol or from your cruise terminal so it’s super easy from the start. On the way to Ronda, you’ll get to see scenic views of the Andalusian countryside – particularly stunning in spring and autumn – plus some very pretty villages. Don’t miss Teba, home to the Richard the Lionheart Castle, Cuevas del Becerro, perched on a ravine and the lovely white village of Cañete La Real perched on the hillside. The journey takes about an hour and a half.
And then once you reach Ronda, the real amazement starts. Views with a capital V, monuments like no other and a rich, rich history. Thomas or Peter, your personal guide (remember, it’s just you on this day trip from Malaga) will take you on a very special tour of the town and show you all the highlights.
Costa Excursions guides really know their stuff and you’ll be treated to your own tour of Ronda with all the information. History, gastronomy, customs, anecdotes… all recounted as you walk the streets of the town and admire the sights and sounds.
There are plenty of opportunities to take photos (and more photos) while you’re visiting Ronda. Your tour takes place in your own time and at your own pace. No rushing and no wasting time either.
Your guide will also tell you the best places to buy typical local produce including the famous Ronda wines and cheeses. And guide you to one of the best restaurants in Ronda for a lunch overlooking the town’s famous views.
Both Peter and Thomas were brought up and live in Malaga so they know what they’re talking about. They believe that a tour should be an experience that can be difficult to get in a large group. Costa Excursions was born from this idea and aims to give visitors a unique insight into Ronda.
Highlights in Ronda
For such a small place, Ronda packs in the things to see. Perhaps one of the biggest highlights is the dramatic gorge, formed by the River Guadalevín that divides the town into old and new districts. The historic Puente Nuevo bridge crosses the ravine giving you a chance to marvel at the 100m drop below you and the far-reaching views across the Ronda plains and mountains.
In the old quarter, there’s plenty to see. The Arab Baths, built in the 13th century and the best preserved in Spain; the old wall and gate from Ronda’s Islamic past; the Palacio de Mondragón built as a residence for the Moorish King Abomelik and used by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella later on… You can also see some impressive churches and the Cuenca Gardens with their spectacular views of Ronda and the countryside.
Back over the bridge and into the new quarter and you’ll see the famous Plaza de Toros, the oldest bullring in Spain. The museum showcases bullfighting history and you’ll see photos of famous fans including Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles. Visit the atmospheric Plaza de España and more beautiful churches.
Day trip to Ronda practicalities
Cost: €490 for 2 people and up to €640 for 3 to 7 people. Guide to Malaga users get 10% discount (use code: malaga)
Duration: 6-7 hours
Number of people: minimum 2 and maximum 6 (see what we mean about personalised!)
Website: Costa Excursions
Contact: +34 651 026 027