Beautiful Ronda – In a Nutshell

Beautiful Ronda – In a Nutshell

Greetings from beautiful Southern Spain! I’m down here in the HEAT (it’s almost 95 degrees right now) and absolutely loving it. After spending the weekend on the Costa Del Sol, I’m one happy sunburnt clam. Not too long ago, Dan and I spent an entire week on vacation in Sevilla and Granada with a stopover in one of my absolute favorite little towns in Europe, Ronda.
Ronda in a nutshell is:
1. A BEAUTIFUL white village, one of many in the region, famed for their white-washed walls.
2. Home to the Puente Nuevo (the ‘new’ bridge), a stunning bridge that connects the two sides of the village across a deep canyon. Not so new as the name claims, construction began in 1751 and took over 40 years to complete.
3.  The site of on our FAVORITE hotels, Parador de Ronda.
Starting in the early 1900s, the equivalent of the Spanish Tourism Board established a chain of boutique hotels (Paradores) in former monasteries, castles, and palaces to increase tourism. After catching glimpse of the Parador in Ronda, we knew we had to pay the charming town a visit.
Once we arrived, Dan realized he’d made a boo-boo in the booking and accidentally reserved a handicapped-only room. The sweet receptionist explained that they’d need to keep that room open in case another guest needed it, so we were moved to another room. What she didn’t tell us was that we were upgraded… uber-upgraded, to the BEST room in the hotel. For one fabulous night, our home was a two-story, double balcony delight! Exploring our digs for the evening, we jumped around like kids unsure of how to really appreciate it best.
The view from one of our balconies.
4. Apart from exploring the sidewalk cafes and shops selling olive wood products and other Spanish treasures, hiking nearby is pretty darn spectacular. Dan and I loved our trek down to the canyon below for gorgeous views of the Puerte Nuevo.
The Parador where we stayed is at the top left with the beautiful arches at street level.
With it’s close proximity to Sevilla and Granada, Ronda is an ideal stopover while in Andalusia. It’s beautiful, cozy and not (yet) overrun with tourists. Perhaps there’s isn’t a bustling nightlife or a dizzying amount of art galleries and museums, but sitting outside of a cafe in the main square, dunking sweet churros into fresh hot chocolate, was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable moments of our trip. Ronda has an exotic Spanish charm all it’s own that’s well worth a visit.

What about you, what’s your favorite little village?

Travel Tuesday
  • Gorgeous photos, girl! Love Spain and its adorable villages! I so wish we would have been able to do more Spain travel while we were living abroad, but I guess it will always be there for more vacations in the future! 🙂

  • Your photos are amazing…..I’m having severe Spain withdrawals!!! Glad you guys are having a wonderful time and always nice to get a nice upgrade to make your stay more special 🙂

  • Beautiful pictures as always! Love the white buildings everywhere!

  • What a lovely town! And the bridge above the waterfall: Stunning! I really regret not having visited the mainland of Spain yet!

  • Ronda is gorgeous, though it’s been years since I’ve been! I’m also partial to Grazalema, Olvera and Antequera.

    Also, what plug-in do you use for pinning posts? Looks like it works well!

  • Gorgeous! I love this – ‘one of our balconies’ So lush! I visited a little village in Spain called Sant Pol de Mar and loved it!

  • Looks awesome! Go you!! xx

  • Absolutely gorgeous Margo! Enjoy the rest of your time in Spain 🙂

  • this seriously looks.. amazing, gorgeous! stunning. no words. jealous! haha. love all the pics!

  • I love those white walls! And the trim and finishing on those buildings is amazing. I love that you guys got an upgrade! Two stories and that view? That was a very good mistake 🙂

  • The photo from the balcony is so good! Looks like a nice play to relax and wind-down for a bit.

  • I love all the whitewashed walls. The heat I could do without though…

  • Ha, I think I’m one of the few people that love the heat. If it’s any conciliation, it’s a dry heat, not that sticky humid stuff like I had in DC. Nope, still not interested? 🙂

  • Yeah, I could stand to have that as my view everyday, couldn’t you?

  • I agree. I wouldn’t recommend following our mistake (because I think that’d be bad karma), but it definitely made me feel like a bit of celebrity or something. This is a stark comparison to the hole in the wall room we had the following night in Toledo so I was quickly cut back down to size. 😉

  • Wow, thanks dear – so many kind words! I was running out of adjectives as I wrote about it too. 🙂

  • Ha – you mean, go Dan for making the flub on the reservation. 🙂

  • I sound like such a brat saying ‘one of our balconies’ don’t I? Ha. We definitely got pretty doggone lucky didn’t we? 🙂

    Sant Pol de Mar – looks BEAUTIFUL, I’m going to pocket that for later. Thanks!

  • Oh, thank you for the suggestions! I’ll definitely hold on to those.

    I used this website as a resource for adding the pinterest button to my photos, let me know if you need any help. Thanks again for your Sevilla advice too! 🙂
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  • Isn’t it beautiful? I definitely agree the Spain’s interior to pretty amazing. Hopefully you can visit sometime soon. If you are in the region, stop by the beach down to Nerja too – I was there this weekend and LOVED it. 🙂

  • Oh, I’m sure the white villages in Greece are absolutely stunning. I only spot a few days at one of the islands (for the life I me I can’t remember where) but spent most of the time soaking up the sun on the beach and eating feta. 😉

  • Me too! I wish I could pass a law somewhere in the US to require a town to paint all the buildings white. Too much? 🙂 Really though, it’s so clean and charming.

  • I agree. While exploring the suite, I commented to Dan “this is the life we deserve”, ha. I’m sure it wouldn’t be so special if indeed that was our typical digs though, right? Sigh…who am I kidding? I’d love to stay in suites at 5 star resorts during all my travels.

  • Precisely- just a great reason to hop back to Europe between all your Caribbean cruises, right? I can’t wait to see all the beautiful places you guys head to from Florida, it’s going to be amazing.

  • This week the rain has come back to my corner of the world, so seeing these pictures just filled with sunshine makes my heart beat faster! Oh, how I long for a proper summer! I hope you’re enjoying the time in Spain! 🙂

  • Oh gosh, so beautiful!!! The plants on the side of the building are amazing

  • Aren’t they ever? A beautiful little place indeed! I hope you can visit one day! 🙂

  • Thanks so much dear, I really am. If you can believe it, today it’s going to be nearly 100 degrees (37C) here. It’s pretty nuts and mayyybe a bit too hot. Maybe. 😉

  • Oh perfect, it’s charming and a bit off-the-map, I definitely recommend a visit! 🙂

  • wow, absolutely beautiful!
    that waterfall is breath taking in that last photo
    -Devon
    http://19yearstolife.blogspot.com

  • Wow, I can’t even fathom temperatures like that anymore! Don’t get a sunburn! 😉

  • I agree, Devon! Dan always lists waterfalls and live music as his top two favorite things – this waterfall in Ronda was no exception. Gorgeous, right? 🙂

  • What! A white village in Spain?? I thought those only existed in Greece. So perfect! And speaking of perfect…that hotel! That waterfall!!

  • That is really HOT, but bearable if you’re in a pretty place like Ronda.. very stunning view. But I’d choose to walk the city at night, it probably is as beautiful. 😉

  • ahh Ronda – we went there during a family holiday to Andalucia, and we saw a live bull fight there too. It was scary and probably not very ethical, but it was fascinating all the same – and it was a beautiful city, you depict it perfectly here! x

  • Beautiful photos! I went to Andalucia on honeymoon, but unfortunately it rained on the one day we were able to get to Ronda. It had a really nice feel to it, though – I’d love to go back.

  • I have yet to make it to Spain. These photos make it look so lovely. I really like that bridge with all the arches and you’re right – sitting outside at a cafe dunking churros into hot chocolate sounds divine.

  • What a great looking spot! I have never been to Spain, we scrapped it from our last Euro vacay… dang it. I must remember this little spot, so I’ll pin this for later. Big thanks for linking up with us for #SundayTraveler 🙂

  • What a gorgeous place. Putting Ronda high on my bucket list (seriously!). The Puente Nuevo is really interesting (and definitely not that new). Lovely photos!

  • Beautiful photos! Spain is a great place.

  • Gorgeous photos! I’ve only been to Barcelona but can’t wait to go back to Spain. Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler! 🙂