One of the best issues to do in Ronda with children


There are such a lot of causes to plan a household vacation in southern Spain, together with the seashore resorts of the Costa del Sol, in addition to Marbella and Malaga – however someway it’s straightforward to miss the attractive historic city of Ronda with children.

View across the Puente Nuevo bridge to the houses and buildings on the other side of the gorge - the symbol of the town, viewing the bridge is one of the unmissable things to do in Ronda with kids
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Round 30 miles from the coast, not removed from Andalucia’s Sierra de las Nieves mountains, it’s excellent for a day journey.

Though with so many issues to do in Ronda with children, you would simply spend longer – from the well-known towering Puente Nuevo bridge to the historic Arab baths, a strolling tour of Ronda and viewpoints galore.

Puente Nuevo

In case you do nothing else throughout your loved ones time out in Ronda, that you must marvel at its bridge – the Puente Nuevo (or New Bridge) is Ronda’s principal attraction.

Considered one of three bridges stretching throughout the El Tajo gorge dividing town, it may be the latest bridge, nevertheless it nonetheless dates again to 1759 – a substitute for a earlier ‘new’ bridge which had collapsed six years after it was completed.

View across the Puente Nuevo bridge to the houses and buildings on the other side of the gorge - the symbol of the town, viewing the bridge is one of the unmissable things to do in Ronda with kids

Rising 98 metres above the Guadalevin River on the backside of the 120 metre deep chasm, there are numerous viewpoints to absorb the sight of the bridge hovering excessive above the river mattress.

Begin by wandering excessive of the bridge and searching on the surrounding countryside from the Aldehuela viewpoint or the Mirador de Cuenca, earlier than heading down into the valley to see the arches towering above you.

Not removed from the Almocábar Gate, there’s a viewpoint close to Plaza de María Auxiliadora, which is simple to succeed in in the event you’re exploring Ronda with children and don’t fancy an extended hike within the Spanish solar.

One of the best views are from the underside of the gorge, with the twisting path snaking right down to the Mirador del Puente Nuevo, and different viewpoints, in the event you fancy the stroll.

There’s a little museum and interpretation centre contained in the bridge too –  the Centro de Interpretación del Puente Nuevo has extra particulars in regards to the bridge’s historical past and development, and you may even look down into the gorge. The chambers contained in the bridge itself have beforehand been used as a jail and a guard-house.

You should purchase a mixed ticket for a number of points of interest together with the Interpretation Centre, Mondragon Palace and Arab Baths, on-line or on the vacationer info centre

Mondragon Palace

It’s value visiting the Ronda Municipal Museum for its buildings alone, however you’ll additionally discover a museum in town tucked away within the Mondragon Palace.

Courtyard with arches and balconies in the Mondragon Palace, now a museum in Ronda - a visit is one of the things to do with kids in Ronda

Constructed within the early 14th century by the Moorish rulers of Ronda, the positioning was additionally later the residence of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella after they conquered the city, and there are some superbly embellished rooms, shady courtyards and little balconies hidden away behind the stone facade.

Whereas it’s not as intricate because the Alhambra in Granada, there’s the same really feel – numerous cool locations to flee the Spanish warmth, little fountains and plush gardens, plus some beautiful views to the mountains.

Throughout the palace, you may hint the historical past of Ronda from the realm’s prehistoric inhabitants to Roman settlement, Arab rule and extra fashionable instances, with sculptures, stone artefacts, tombs and even recreated Stone Age dwellings.

There are a number of alternatives to get fingers on, though it’s not notably interactive. You’ll discover some info in English too, though it’s typically restricted – however the shows are nonetheless sufficient to seize children’ creativeness for a brief go to. Because it’s solely a small museum, you’ll in all probability spend lower than half an hour inside.

Displays at the Ronda Municipal museum inside the Mondragon Palace, with stone artefacts from the town's Roman history - one of the many things to do in Ronda with kids

In case you’ve heard about Ronda’s bandit museum, it’s not based mostly within the metropolis and the gathering has moved to a brand new location – scroll down for extra particulars

Banos Arabes (the Arab baths)

Considered one of my favorite locations to discover in Ronda with children – and never simply because the Banos Arabes had been deliciously cool after the recent Spanish solar.

The Arab Baths are additionally left over from when Ronda was beneath Moorish rule, and baths had a ritual in addition to a sensible goal.

My daughter stands in one of the rooms at the Arab Baths, or Banos Arabes, in Ronda, under a string of arches - a visit is one of the best things to do in Ronda for families

Initially subsequent to the primary entrance to town, you may nonetheless see the stays of among the previous partitions across the baths advanced.

The primary sight is a little bit of an odd one, with unusual mounds seen together with glass panels – however while you get inside, you uncover they’re the domed ceilings of rooms with star-shaped skylights to light up the baths.

After a reception room with its personal pool, the place folks may chat and have a drink, the sequence of rooms is much like Roman baths, with a succession of sizzling and cooler rooms.

Look out for the oven which heated the steam in one of many saunas close to the doorway, and the chimney used to funnel it away, to maintain the temperatures down within the cooler rooms.

There’s additionally a video within the remaining room giving some extra background, plus some gardens exterior, whereas it’s also possible to see the waterwheel, which might have supplied the water for the baths – powered by donkey, it introduced water instantly from the river far under.

View from the gardens of the Arab baths (Banos Arabes) up to the remains of city walls of the Old Town of Ronda - my tips for the best things to do in Ronda with kids

Puerta de Almocabar and the Arab Partitions

While you see the stays of town partitions which as soon as protected Ronda, you may perceive how town repelled invaders for hundreds of years.

And it’s nicely value taking a stroll round to see among the previous partitions, and the spectacular Puerta de Almocabar.

The huge stone fortifications of the Almocabar gate, one remainder of the old city walls in Ronda - one of the best places to see in Ronda with kids

With the gorge and river performing as a pure barrier on one facet, the partitions didn’t solely encircle town, however as a substitute crammed the weak gaps. In case you’re visiting the Arab Baths, the wall would as soon as have stretched from the Puente Arabe south so far as the Almocabar gate.

Climb down from Casa del Rey Moro by means of the arch of Felipe V, previous the baths, and wander alongside Calle Molino de Alarcon to see some extra of the stays of the fortification, together with Murallas de la Cíjara earlier than you attain the gate (or you would stroll it in reverse in fact).

Then you may stroll again alongside Calle Espiritu Santo, by means of the winding previous streets, in direction of the Mondragon Palace and finally to Calle Arminan to convey you again throughout the bridge.

La Casa del Rey Moro

One other fascinating Moorish constructing – the Casa del Rey Moro, or dwelling of the Moorish king – was constructed within the 14th century, however one of the crucial fascinating issues about this specific web site is discovering its crafty water pumping system, which as soon as equipped water for the city.

Reaching all the way in which right down to the Guadalevin River 60m under, there’s a staircase lower into the rock if you wish to go part-way down.

There are over 200 steps, however the platform has an excellent view, together with out to the countryside round – as soon as an important guard put up to look out for assault.

The fortress was designed to stop the water provide being lower off, and should have been a secret escape route too. There are legends of buried treasure right here as nicely, though the engineering marvels are the true gem fairly than gold.

View across to the Aldehuela viewpoint in Ronda and the countryside beyond, looking out from the new town to the old - there are some great viewpoints if you're looking for things to do in Ronda with kids

Gaze out from one of many viewpoints

You’ll be able to hardly transfer in Ronda with out discovering one other great viewpoint – not simply of the well-known bridge, but additionally of the encircling countryside. These are a number of of the very best.

Aldehuela viewpoint

To 1 facet of the Puente Nuevo, you may look throughout on the bridge, in addition to down into the valley, plus some beautiful views of the buildings lining the gorge.

Mirador de Cuenca

Not removed from the Mirador Aldehuela, there’s one other nice view throughout the bridge and into the gorge from this facet.

Mirador Puento Nuevo

Stroll down from the Plaza de Maria Auxiliadora to the primary viewpoint for a implausible view of the bridge from under. You’ll be able to head additional down for viewpoints nearer to the river, however go ready with water and attempt to keep away from the most popular a part of the day.

View from the gorge up towards the Puente Nuevo bridge with some small waterfalls seen in the undergrowth - one of the best views you can find in Ronda with kids

Mirador La Hoya del Tajo

Just a little additional on, this viewpoint will also be reached by street in the event you don’t wish to stroll there, and appears throughout in direction of the decrease arches.

Mirador de Ronda (La Sevillana)

Not removed from the vacationer workplace and bullring, this viewpoint appears to be like out onto the gorge and the encircling countryside.

Calle Pastor Divino

A few minutes from Heladeria e’Gelato, it is a good place to move and eat your ice cream, with views of the rooftops and Ronda’s whitewashed buildings.

Jardines de Cuenca

These beautiful and strange gardens on the sting of city are an excellent place to go and relax for a bit between exploring.

View down to the terraces of the Cuenca Gardens and the Tajo Gorge in Ronda - my pick of the best things to do in Ronda with kids

Devoted to Ronda’s twinned metropolis of Cuenca, the gardens are stretched throughout a sequence of terraces on the cliff edge, searching to the Tajo gorge and right down to the river under – it’s additionally among the best viewpoints to see the Puente Nuevo.

With rose gardens and palm timber dotted alongside the shady paths, it’s not a park as you may count on it, nevertheless it’s much more memorable than your common backyard. The Cuenca gardens are additionally typically referred to as the Mina Gardens.

In order for you extra conventional inexperienced house in Ronda, there’s one other park close to the vacationer workplace, by the Mirador de Ronda, or the Parque de San Rafael additionally has a play space, nevertheless it’s at the very least a 20-minute stroll from the vacationer workplace, heading away from the Outdated City

Take a children’ tour

In case your children love a problem as they discover, cease off on the vacationer workplace close to the Plaza de Toros and choose up a children’ tour map with 12 places to identify and stickers to mark them off as you go.

There are additionally some actions on the again, together with a dot-to-dot puzzle, phrase search and drawing problem, in the event you fancy making an attempt to sketch out the Puente Nuevo (or anything) alongside the way in which.

The Outdated City is beautiful merely to wander round, with all of the whitewashed homes alongside the little cobbled streets, grand church buildings like Santa Maria la Mayor, the historic Moorish websites and all the nice viewpoints.

Half the enjoyable is getting barely misplaced and seeing what you uncover across the subsequent nook, however it is a nice choice to maintain kids going in the event that they get tired of strolling!

In case you’re visiting with older children, there’s additionally an audioguide tour of Ronda sharing info on its lengthy historical past in addition to taking you to among the key sights (additionally obtainable from Viator), or it’s also possible to be a part of a guided strolling tour of Ronda

Eat ice cream

Whether or not you’re rewarding everybody for a stroll (or bribing them to go), or just wish to quiet down whilst you’re having fun with a day in Ronda with children, you’ll be spoiled for selection in the event you’re in search of ice cream.

We had been really useful Heladeria E’Gelato by an area as the very best place to go, and whereas it’s slightly farther from among the ice-cream retailers which line the vacationer coronary heart of Ronda, it’s nicely value searching for it out.

You’ll discover loads extra uncommon flavours in addition to the classics too.

Adult and child's hand holding ice cream cones, with one of the pedestrian streets of Ronda's new town in the background - where to find the best ice cream and other tips for visiting Ronda with kids

Strive a conventional cake

In case you favor cake to ice cream – or each! you’re on vacation – then hunt down considered one of Ronda’s conventional pastries.

Yemas del Tajo, a candy egg cake which was initially made in a convent in Ronda, is bought beneath the identical title at Las Campanas bakery (though you’ll discover comparable choices beneath comparable names elsewhere).

Or you may nonetheless purchase ‘convent sweets’ within the Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Merced, on Calle Carlos Cobo Gómez. The small bakery is simply behind the church, and also you’ll discover a worth listing tacked up subsequent to an alcove. Ring the buzzer, inform the nuns what you need, and place your cash in it – it is going to flip, and your order will seem as an alternative (with any change).

For extra conventional pastries – and customarily scrumptious candy treats – save a while for a cease at Confiteria Daver as nicely.

Take a horse and carriage experience

Sure, it’s touristy however a horse and carriage experience of Ronda is all the time enjoyable to do with children, plus it’s a great way to discover on a sizzling day (do take a hat although).

You’ll be able to choose up the carriages close to the bullring, and the journeys often final solely round half-hour so it’s very a lot a fast introduction fairly than an in-depth tour – though that’s reassuring by way of the horses’ welfare as nicely.

Anticipate to pay round 25 to 40 Euros for the expertise, though prices could differ relying on the time of 12 months and the way many individuals are in your group – count on to suit round 4 into the carriage, though in case your kids are youthful, you would squeeze as much as 5.

Interior of the Plaza de Toros in Ronda, one of the oldest bullrings in Spain, with rows of seats and arches around the sandy arena - one of the most famous things to do in Ronda

The Plaza de Toros – bullfighting enviornment and museum

Considered one of Ronda’s most well-known points of interest can be considered one of its most divisive – the Plaza de Toros, or the bullfighting enviornment.

Ronda is named the birthplace of bullfighting and the world right here is likely one of the oldest in Spain, relationship again to the 18th century. Created by the identical architect behind the Puente Nuevo, it’s a formidable design, with some stunning particulars.

It’s additionally dwelling to a museum with shows sharing info on the historical past of bullfighting and its place in Spanish tradition, in addition to the occasions going down within the enviornment itself.

My animal-loving daughter flatly refused to set foot inside, nevertheless culturally important it may be, however whether or not you intend to go to or to keep away from it, it’s very near the vacationer workplace so onerous to overlook.

Extra issues to do close to Ronda

For lots of people who’re visiting Ronda with children, it’s as a day journey from the Costa del Sol. However in the event you’re staying in Ronda itself, there are many enjoyable issues to do close by.

Sierra de Grazalema Pure Park

There’s some great surroundings round Ronda, together with the Sierra de Grazalema Pure Park, solely a brief drive away from the city.

View of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, including the town of Zahara de la Sierra - one of the many things to do near Ronda with kids

Stretching for nearly 130,000 acres, there are mountaineering trails, in addition to caverns and it’s additionally dwelling to colonies of vultures, together with endangered species, in addition to uncommon fir timber.

You’ll be able to seek for family-friendly trails and mountaineering paths right here.

The Roman ruins at Acinipo

Generally referred to as Ronda la Vieja, or previous Ronda, this former Roman metropolis is believed to have been based by retired troopers who the Roman legions who settled within the space.

Now an archaeological web site, you may nonetheless discover the previous theatre at Acinipo, in addition to seeing the stays of Roman baths and prehistoric homes predating the Romans, in addition to having fun with the views of the Sierra de Grazalema Pure Park.

Round half an hour from Ronda by automobile, you do have to make use of some creativeness to convey the traditional stones to life. You’re unlikely to spend greater than an hour right here at most, so it’s finest to mix with a go to to the pure park – do examine opening hours earlier than you go, because it isn’t open on daily basis.

Ruins of the theatre and part of the stage at the former Roman colony of Acinipo - one of the best things to do near Ronda with kids who love history

Bandit museum, El Borge

Ronda’s personal Bandit Museum, beforehand on Ronda’s Calle Arminan, has now moved to a brand new location – however in the event you had your coronary heart set on visiting, it’s potential to go to it as a part of a day journey to El Borge, close to Málaga.

Telling the story of among the area’s most feared outlaws, in addition to some who lower extra dashing heroic figures and others straight from legend, the shows embrace photographs and paperwork in addition to loads of tales which owe extra to romance than actuality.

It’s one of many largest collections on the historical past of banditry, protecting the interval between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, together with the gathering of the previous Bandolero Museum in Ronda.

Malaga

For older children, the massive draw of Malaga may be its artwork – the house of Pablo Picasso, one spotlight is a go to the Picasso Museum.

There’s additionally historical past to find together with Roman websites and the well-known Alcazaba, a Moorish fortress constructed within the eleventh century. You’ll be able to nonetheless discover inside at the moment, in addition to the ruins of the Castillo de Gibralfaro, one other Moorish fort.

Rooftops and city view of Malaga including the towers and colourful buildings of the seaside city - one of the best day trips from Ronda for families

Go to the seashores of the Costa del Sol

The coast right here is deservedly well-known for its infinite golden sands – and string of vacationer resorts. Whether or not you fancy Fuengirola, Marbella, Puerto Banus, Estepona, Nerja or Benalmadena (to call a number of), it’s straightforward to spend a day on the seashore.

There are additionally a string of family-friendly vacationer points of interest, together with water parks, amusement parks, aquariums and zoos, in the event you’re in search of a break from the historical past and heritage of Ronda with children.

Take a look at among the finest issues to do within the Costa del Sol with children, together with household points of interest and days out

The place to remain in Ronda with children

In case you’re in search of your individual house, I’m a fan of the hand-picked flats and villas from Plum Information, together with some in Ronda itself in addition to others in straightforward driving distance.

Or there are additionally flats and villas, in addition to motels in Ronda with children on reserving.com if you wish to keep inside strolling distance of the primary sights.

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Pictures: View from the gorge/Bullring/Sierra de Grazalema/Acinipo/Malaga courtesy of Depositphotos, all different photographs copyright MummyTravels

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