Ronda has its origin in the Roman Arunda which was formed out of existing Iberian settlements. The city sits on a plateau cut by a deep slash dug by the Guadalevín River, along which the buildings of its historic centre appear. That gives the city a picturesque panoramic view that, combined with its proximity to the Costa del Sol, has made Ronda a tourist centre.
Ronda's cuisine is based on simple dishes like tomato and garlic soup, chickpea or lentils stew, asparagus and mushrooms. Other specialities include roast goat, ‘chorizos al alcohol’ and beef with potatoes, but among all of them, they stand out hunting dishes such as partridge and rabbit.
The best way to reach it is by Malaga’s airport, there you can rent a car at a very low price and visit the whole region. The main roads to Ronda are A-367 connecting with A-7 which runs towards Malaga.
Among the monuments of Ronda we find the New Bridge, located on the Tajo Gorge, as well as the Old Bridge and the Arab Bridge. Ronda was divided, and still retains this division, into three neighborhoods: San Francisco, the oldest one in which the fortress was placed; the city, with large buildings, convents, churches, palaces and very picturesque streets and, finally, the Market, the most modern.
In a corner of the legendary town of Ronda, like a hidden treasure, the old Arab baths arise, exceptionally preserved throughout the centuries.
Arab baths in Ronda are located in the old Jewish quarter and are fed by the waters of the close stream of The Snakes, through a sophisticated hydraulic system around the traditional Arabic wheel. The largest room is the central one, with beautiful horseshoe arches on brick and stone holding the barrel vaults. It has also preserved the area of the boilers to heat water.
The central hall is divided into three enclosures by brick horseshoe arches on marble pillars and covered with brick vaults. The adjacent rooms are smaller but built in the same way. Beside the central hall in the innermost part of the baths, there is the hot room. The first room, or the outermost, was the cold room, the second room was the warm room where massages were given and the third room was the hot room.
It is well worth a visit to enjoy the great beauty of this small city of Malaga, and finish your day with a relaxing bath in the waters of the Arabian therm. Then you can continue to discover this incredible corner of Spain.
Address: C / San Miguel. Ronda.
Visiting hours: Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 18 pm.
Price: 3 €