Ronda is a charming little mountain top village that is surrounded by mountains and rivers, but that is probably best known for its famous views of the hanging Puente Nuevo. It also happens to be one of the most photographed and visited places in the province of Andalusia which surprised me- but is true according to Lonely Planet!
I’d long been wanting to go to Ronda after seeing it pop up on my instagram feed a couple of times this past year (how basic of me, I know)!
Conveniently enough, the company I went to on a one day beach trip to Portugal with called We Love Spain, also happened to do relatively inexpensive day trips to Ronda. The trip also included a little bonus stop in Setenil de las Bodegas, which I hadn’t heard of until really recently, but was pretty excited to hear I’d be able to see it as well.
Setenil de las Bodegas is an even tinier town that’s been built into and around giant rock formations. Also a pretty ‘instagramable’ place haha….
Anyways, a friend joined me on the excursion and the bus excursion took off at around 9 in the morning. There was unfortunately a little bump on the road on our way to Ronda-literally. The gear shift on the bus apparently stopped working as we went over a bump, and so the driver swerved off the road in order to prevent any further danger. In doing so however, the bus ended up being stuck on the side of the road in an awfully precarious position. We were evacuated from the bus and had to wait along the side of the country road for a rescue bus to come. Fortunately, the scenery around us was quite nice and the weather was wonderful- so although not ideal, it could have been a lot worse.
We arrived in Ronda shortly before 1pm, after which we were given a short guided tour of the city’s most notable points. The tour ended at Camino de los Molinos which offers amazing view of the gorge and the Puente Nuevo!
From there, we had a bit of time to grab some lunch. Unfortunately we picked a place that was not so great. Pre-disclosure- if you’ve ever lived in, or even been to Spain you’re probably aware that they are not known for having great service. Typically service at any restaurant, cafe, bar, whatever, is slow and to be honest, servers can often be quite rude. This is of course not always the case, but it’s what I’ve learned to expect and be okay with. However, at this place Patatin Patatan (I even remember the name because I was struck by how rude they were), they were exceptionally rude. I don’t want to get into the nitty gritty details, but I would just recommend staying away if you’re in Ronda. Plus the food was pretty mediocre to be honest. After the terrible lunch, we indulged in some delicious gelato which kind of helped us feel better about the whole sucky lunch situation. I guess there’s few things gelato can’t fix!
We hopped back onto the bus and headed to our second (and final) destination of Setenil de las Bodegas. Although the village is small, it is quite unique, so definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in southern Spain and have and extra day. We only had about an hour to explore the city, which was honestly enough to see most of it- but it would have been nice to have a bit more time to just roam.
And that concluded our little trip with We Love Spain. I’d say that the trip was well worth the 20 euros we paid. The transportation alone would cost at least that if we would have hired a car, booked a blabla or amovens, or whatever else- so it seems like a pretty good deal. Granted, we didn’t get to go at our own pace, but the cities are so small that it was really enough time to see both!