Why did I go? After visiting big cities in Spain, it was time to switch gears and visit a small town. Situated conveniently along my travel route, it was an easy choice. I didn’t know at the time it would turn out to be my favorite small town in Europe up to date. Peaceful, calm and beautiful is how I describe this town. Short of partying, this town has something special to offer for couples or solo travelers.
Where did I stay? First night I stayed at Parador de Ronda, second night at a random B&B.
When? This was a 2-day trip during January of 2012.
What was it like…
There are 2 ways to go to Ronda: by bus or car. Ronda has a bus station that’s pretty much walking distance to anywhere in town. I guess the first thing I noticed was the narrow cobblestone streets and the white houses. The whole city has an authentic feel to it, and I didn’t sense any touristy vibe. If I couldn’t see any cars, it really did feel like I went back in time and I was visiting a picturesque quaint little European town. I believe that feeling is lost when the focus and purpose of that town is solely tourism. Ronda is more for the locals, imagine that, a town for people that actually live there…
I don’t know much about who actually lives there, and what they do, but what I know is that they have a good taste in life in general, reflected by how the city looks, what people wear and, what food they eat. I’ll let pictures do the talking…
The first thing that comes up when you look up Ronda is picture of the beautiful gorge topped by very nice hotels overlooking the gorge and all the beautiful hills/plains in front of it. As nice as the hotels are, I would recommend saving your money and staying somewhere cheaper inside the town. You will barely be in your room, and there is a very nice lookout spot right beside the one of the gorge hotels. Weather is warm enough, even in January, to enjoy a night out on the streets or a bench in a park overlooking the gorge.
I also suggest going for a walk outside the town, down the gorge and around the farms and olive trees during the day. Visit the base of gorge, and look at the city from underneath and outside. Later in the day or at night is when I would recommend going around town and visiting the plazas. The plazas and the gorge bridge look especially good at night in my opinion. This will take you to dinner time, and your guide books won’t lie to you… there is some amazing authentic Spanish restaurants in this tiny little town.
PLACES I've BEEN
Here is a map of places I have visited, lived or worked for at least 2 days or more. Let me know which city you like to see on the next blog post!