|Size: 477.50 Km?
Population: Approx. 40,000
Residents known as: Ronde?os
Monuments: Plaza de Toros, Historic centre, the Gorge, Ruins of Acinipo.
Geographical situation: Capital of the Ronda Mountains region, made up of 27 municipalities, at 744 metres above sea level.
Tourist information: Town Hall, Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, s/n. 29400.
Phone: 952 873 240 Fax: 952 875 441
Municipal Tourist Office: Paseo Blas Infante, s/n. Tel: 952 187 119
Ronda is the capital of the Serrania (Mountain range) comprising 27 municipalities that cover an area of 1,500 square kilometres and with a population of about 65,000, including the almost 40,000 that live in Ronda itself. There are various ways to get there from Malaga, the most direct route being along the Costa del Sol to San Pedro Alc?ntara, then turning up on the Ronda road, a total distance of 110 kilometres. The well-surfaced but winding road reaches a height of 744 metres above sea level to take us to the town. Another road goes through Yunquera and El Burgo, shorter at 96 kilometres from Malaga, while the longest way is by the new C?rtama road that brings us first to Ardales, turning off before reaching Campillos to get to Ronda, the distance being 122 kilometres. Although longer, this is an excellent road.
Ronda has always been an important town, situated as it is on the cross roads between the provinces of Malaga and Cadiz, although its time of greatest glory was in the 17th and 18th centuries. It suffered badly during the War of Independence against the French, much property being destroyed when the French troops left and with much loss of life. The town was the seat of Blas Infante?s Andalusian Congress of 1918, where the concept of Andalusian nationalism was born and the Andalusian hymn and regional flag were first presented in public. The history of the town goes back to neolithic times, with megalithic monuments from the Bronze Age like the burial grounds of La Planilla still in existence. Other important sites include the remains of the Theatre of Acinipo, which dates from the Celtic period; the remains of the Moorish baths and the Puerta de la Ecijara. The origin of the town?s name, in fact, comes from this period, the expression Izna Rand Onda meaning the Castle of Laurel.
Places to Eat
|Restaurante Pedro Romero. One of Ronda?s classic restaurtants. Spacious, with a Spanish wine cellar. Internet C/Virgen de la Paz, 18 (beside the Post Office). Tel: 952 871 061 Fax: 952 871 061.
Restaurante Tragabuches. Creative Andalusian cooking. C/Jos? Aparicio, 1. 952 190 291. Internet
Asador-Restaurante Casa Santa Pola. Specialising in meats, roasts, suckling pig and lamb in a wood oven. C/Santo Domingo, s/n. Tel: 952 879 208. Fax 952 879 328
Restaurante del Escudero. Paseo Blas Infante, s/n. Tel: 952 871 367.
Restaurante Sol y Sombra. C/Virgen de la Paz, 26. Tel: 952 187 176.
Restaurante Jerez. Paseo Blas Infante, 2. Tel: 952 872 098. Internet
Restaurante Duquesa de Parcent. C/Tenorio, 12. Tel: 952 190 835.
Restaurante Alhambra. C/Pedro Romero, 9. Tel: 952 879 934.
Restaurante Alavera. C/San Miguel, s/n. Tel: 952 879 143.
Restaurante Don Javier. C/Virgen de la Paz, 7. Tel: 952 872 020.
Restaurante Cervecer?a Camelot. C/Sevilla, 45. Tel: 952 879 312. Internet
Bar-Restaurante La Venta. Ctra. El Burgo, Km.4. Tel: 952 877 929.
Bar-Restaurante El Torero. C/Nueva, 8. Tel: 952 877 169.
Cafeter?a Hnos.P?rez. Specialising in hot tapas and churros. C/Espinillos, 14.Tel: 952 871 147.
Places to Sleep
|Hotel Husa Reina Victoria (4*). Dr. Fleming, 25. Tel: 952 871 240.
Hotel Maestranza (4*). C/Virgen de la Paz, 24. Tel: 952 187 072. Internet
Parador Nacional de Turismo (4*). Plaza de Espa?a, s/n. Tel: 952 877 500.
Hotel San Gabriel. C/Jos? Mar?a Holgado, 19. Tel: 952 190 392.
Hotel La Espa?ola (3*). C/Jos? Aparicio 3 and 5. Tel: 952 871 051.
Hotel Don Javier (3*). C/Jos? Aparicio, 6. Tel: 952 872 020.
Hotel Royal (2*). C/Virgen de la Paz, 42. Tel: 952 871 141.
Hotel El Horcajo (3*). Ctra. Ronda-Zahara de la Sierra, s/n. Tel: 952 184 080.
Hotel Alavera (2*). C/San Miguel, s/n. Tel: 952 879 143.
Hostal Andaluc?a. Avda. Mart?nez Astein, 19. Tel?fono 952 875 450.
Hostal Fuente de la Higuera. Partido de los Frontones. Tel: 952 114 355.
Hostal Rondasol. C/Almendra, 11. Tel: 952 874 497.
Pensi?n La Pur?sima. C/Sevilla, 10. Tel: 952 871 050.
Camping El Sur. Ctra. Algeciras, Km.1,5. Tel: 952 875 939.
Camping El Abogao. Ctra. Campillos, Km.5. Tel: 952 875 844.
Ronda?s principal festival is the Feria de Pedro Romero, which takes place at the beginning of September, and visitors come from all parts of the world to attend the famous bull fighting that is an essential part of the festival. Another festival that has gained fame in Ronda is the Festival de Cante Grande, in which well-known Flamenco singers and musicians participate. The Romer?a in honour of the Virgen de la Cabeza and the cattle fair takes place in May.
|The gastronomy of Ronda is characterised by the use of Serrano ham, with plenty of dishes based on rabbit, artichokes, lamb and beef. There are also common Andalusian dishes done in the Ronda style, like gazpacho, fried breadcrumbs, partridge, omelette and trout. There is a great variety of soups here, and chestnuts are used in some of them. For pudding, the main Ronda dish is the famous yemas del tajo, an egg-based dish, with excellent pastries made locally in some of the closed-order convents and monasteries.|
|MONTECORTO AND SERRATO
The hamlets of Serrato and Montecorto are the same distance from Ronda, the first at 20 kilometres to the west and the second at a little bit more to the north. Both belong to the municipality of Ronda, and are rich plantation areas. The Morisco style can be seen clearly in these two places, as much in the layout of the streets as in the architecture of the urban centres. As in most Ronda Mountain towns, the houses follow the lie of the land, twisting and turning as the streets rise or fall. Most of the houses are small and low, with typical Moorish-style roofs.