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.
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).
- 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.