Parador de Ronda
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- Twin rooms (65)
- Double rooms (4)
- Room with living room (1)
- Split-level rooms (8)
- Capacity (156)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Ambiance music
- Gift shop
- Garage (charged)
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Swimming pool
- Airport (120km)
- Station (1km)
- Port (125km)
Parador de Ronda - Stunningly situated hotel with panoramic views (4*)
The Parador de Ronda was built on the site of the former town hall of this ancient Andalusian hill-top town, which was occupied by the Romans and then by the Moors, before being taken by Catholic Spanish forces in 1485. Ronda's Parador is spectacularly located on the rim of the 120m-deep El Tajo canyon that splits the town in two, and is next to the Puente Nuevo (‘new bridge’, in fact built in 1793, but newer than the Roman and Moorish bridges). Ernest Hemingway lived in Ronda for a time and in 'For Whom the Bell Tolls', his classic novel of the Spanish Civil War, some Nationalist sympathizers are thrown over the cliffs of the gorge. But these thankfully are more peaceful times, and guests at the Parador de Ronda may enjoy the views of El Tajo in an atmosphere of tranquillity and comfort, whether from the hotel itself, or from its gardens and swimming pool.
The Parador de Ronda's spacious public rooms are brightly decorated with an abundance of plants, and many of the cheerful bedrooms have wonderful views, particularly the superior rooms and duplexes.
Guests may sample a range of Andalusian dishes in the Parador's restaurant, including Ajo blanco (cold almond soup), Perdiz de la serranía (partridge braised in wine and vegetables) and Queso de almendra (a dessert with almonds, syrup and cinnamon).
There is garage parking at this Parador.
- Request a room facing the cliffs or gorge for a chance to wake up with spectacular views.
- Allow time for a drink or dinner on the Parador’s terrace overlooking the gorge and beautiful white washed buildings.
- Visit Ronda during the first week of September to enjoy their “Fiesta de Pedro Romero” a traditional street party where local people dress in 18th century costumes to commemorate Pedro Romero, the founder of “modern” bullfighting.
The combination of traditional Andalusian architecture, striking natural surroundings and sunny climate throughout the year gives a great advantage to Ronda’s’ tourism and agriculture. This picturesque whitewashed town situated in the Malaga region, of southern Spain, dates back to the Neolithic period where archaeological remains of this time can still be seen in its historic quarter and the town’s layout resembles that of the medieval era. One of the most significant periods in Ronda’s history took place in 1485 when it was conquered by Los Reyes Catolicos (Catholic Monarchs) transforming the city by opening squares and broadening its streets. Later, in the 18th century, significant buildings were constructed such as the New Bridge and the Plaza de Toros (bullring) designed by Martin de Aldehuela in 1779, giving Ronda a romantic quality and higher importance within Andalucía and Spain.
Perhaps Ronda’s most symbolic features are its 3 bridges that join each side of the town across the 120 metre deep ravine. The oldest of the three was built in the 14th century, named the “Arab bridge”, the “Old Bridge” comprises a single arch just 10 metres long and the largest “New Bridge” is perhaps the most impressive, stretching 120 metres across El Tajo gorge.
Tradition and culture are both heavily celebrated in Andalusia, for visitors wanting a taste of a traditional Spanish fiesta, they should visit Ronda during the first week of September. The town joins together to enjoy bullfights, dress up in 18th century costumes and watch horse drawn carriage processions amid the cobbled streets. The Fiestas de Pedro Romero stem from 1954 when Antonio Ordoñez, a local bullfighting enthusiast, chose to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Pedro Romero, a legendary bullfighter from Ronda. Today the national fiesta is organised by Francisco Rivera Ordoñez, the grandson of Antonio Ordoñez.
This Parador has a garage which has a charge, payable locally. Approximate cost = 16€ per day. There are also metered parking spaces alongside the Parador and bullring nearby.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 10.30 and dinner from 20.15 to 22.30.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.00 and still enjoy a meal.
The restaurant offers oven roasted young goat, "ajo blanco" (cold almond soup), "Salmorejo" (smooth cream of tomato, ham and cooked egg), sirloin of venison "Pediz de la serrania" (partridge braised with vegetables and wine) and "Queso de almendra" (sweet made from almonds, syrup and cinnamon).
The Parador’s outdoor swimming pool is due to open from 01 June2016 until mid-September 2016.
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
- D. Wakeford
Ronda, was a great finale. The Parador was absolutely stunning and the duplex room was really good.
Ronda really pulled the stops out and gave us what must have been the best room in the place. Fantastic views from huge balcony the stretched around two sides of the room! We had a lovely trip, staying in fantastic places with super service and exceptional breakfasts!
- Mrs Oliver
We have just returned from a week in Spain 'doing' the Paradors. Great as ever. Just felt we should report back on the wonderful time we had at Ronda with the Unique Room Experience. Absolutely fantastic. The welcome, the room, the food and wine, not to mention the enormous breakfast in our room, was first class. I did not want to leave! I have emailed the manager to thanks too. Can't wait to go again and will look out for any special deals going!
How to get there
The Parador is located in the historical centre of Ronda, alongside the famous Tagus, next to the Puente Nuevo and the bullring. Ronda is located 118 km. from Málaga, the capital of the province.
Arcos de la Frontera - 90km
Antequera - 92km
Malaga Golf - 122km
malaga Gibralfaro - 125km
Malaga Airport - 120km
Region & Cuisine
The second largest of Spain’s Autonomous Communities, Andalusia occupies a major part of the southern half of the country. The region’s eight provinces extend from the Portuguese border in the west, north to the neighbouring regions of Extremadura and Castilla La Mancha and to Almería, bordering Murcia, in the east.
Inevitably, Andalusia will be best known to many people for its beaches, notably along the Mediterranean ‘Costa de Sol’ and the Atlantic ‘Costa de la Luz’, and the coast certainly encompasses a good part of the region’s natural wealth. This is no doubt largely due to the exceptional climate – one of the warmest in Europe – that prevails all along the coastline, with hot dry summers, winters with mild temperatures and many ‘mini regions’ boasting their own microclimates. But it is a mistake to associate Andalusia only with its ‘Costas’, for this is a region that offers the visitor virtually everything in terms of history, art and nature.
Scenically, Andalusia is a land of contrasts. For example, in the province of Granada in winter one can experience 22°C on the coast and travel just 33 km north into the Sierra Nevada mountains to find a temperature of 10°C below zero. Further east , in the province of AlmerÍa, is an area unique in Europe – the Tabernas desert, where many of the ‘Spaghetti Westerns’ were filmed. To the north of Granada is the province of Jaén, the land of the olive with over 50 million olive trees planted and olive oil providing the main source of wealth in the province. Further south, some thirty municipalities form the famous ‘route of the white towns’, a string of picturesque little towns and villages extending across the northern part of the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga and all displaying the same picture- postcard white architecture so typical of rural Andalusia. Over 17% of the region of Andalusia is classified as a protected natural area, with its two national parks of Doñana and Sierra Nevada particularly well known for the preservation of their rich variety of flora and fauna.
Cádiz, Seville, Córdoba, Granada, Málaga – all these historic Andalusian cities display countless examples of the rich architectural and artistic legacy from over eight centuries of Moorish occupation of this region. Pride of place must go to the most emblematic monument in Granada (the capital of Spain’s last Moorish kingdom) – the incomparable Alhambra with its adjoining Generalife gardens, a unique complex of palaces, fortresses and royal quarters making this one of the most fascinating, and most visited, monuments in the world.
An essential feature of Andalusian art, and life, is of course the form of music and dance known as flamenco, an artistic expression of the most deeply rooted Andalusian culture. The precise origin of flamenco is unknown, but certainly it has Moorish influences and many of its most famous practitioners, both past and present, have been of gypsy origin. Wherever you are in Andalusia you are likely to hear flamenco, whether at an organised concert, or coming from inside someone’s house, or simply an impromptu performance in a village square. It’s in everyone’s blood, and it’s delightful.
Given the immense area of this region, gastronomic diversity best describes the cuisine of Andalusia. The so-called ‘Mediterranean diet’, with its basis of olive oil and considered by many experts to be the healthiest in the world, has its origin here. One of Spain’s most famous products, the Iberian Jabugo ham, is produced in Huelva province with the very finest hams reputedly cured ‘in a certain position in a certain room of a certain house in Huelva’. Gazpacho, the cold soup made with tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, bread and garlic originated in Andalusia and is found throughout the region as is ‘ajoblanco’, a delicious variation on gazpacho. Fruit and vegetables grow in profusion along the coastal region: mountains of strawberries in Huelva province; oranges, lemons, tropical and sub-tropical fruit (mango, papaya, banana, avocado) in Málaga and Granada provinces, and many varieties of vegetable in Almería province. In the mountains further inland, game dishes include partridge, rabbit, venison and wild boar, while anywhere near the sea you will find one of the most popular of all Andalusian dishes – ‘pescaito frito’ or mixed fried fish.
Not particularly renowned for the excellence of its wines, Andalusia does however produce the finest sherries in the world (the major establishments can be visited in Jerez de la Frontera) and – especially in Málaga province – several delicious dessert wines.
Please be aware of the following:
- 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
- Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.