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Overnight in Ronda, Malaga

Last weekend, my husband and I made a last minute decision to go on a road trip.  We’ve finally gotten settled here in Spain, so we figured, why not get out and explore??  One thing that we’ve heard is a must do in Spain is to be in town during a Feria weekend.  Ferias are local annual festivals that occur throughout Spain (and southern France) throughout the spring and summer months.  We unfortunately missed the Feria here in Rota, so we decided to head to Ronda, Malaga to catch the Feria de Pedro Romero.  We were only there for one night, but it was such a beautiful little town, and I definitely plan to return!  If you ever find yourself in Malaga, here are a few things to do:

Grab Lunch at Bodega el Socorro

We arrived at our Airbnb in Ronda (use my referral link if you don’t have an account already) in the early afternoon, so we had a few hours to kill before the Feria festivities started.  The apartment we stayed in was right in the middle of everything, so we decided to wander around for a while to find somewhere to eat lunch.  Finally, we came across Bodega el Socorro.  We had several tapas and a few rounds of drinks, and all of it was delicious.

 

See a bullfight at Plaza del Toro

After our delicious lunch, we stopped by Plaza del Toro to pick up tickets to the bullfight.  Bullfights are basically the pinnacle of the Feria in Ronda, and since neither of us had ever seen one in person, we wanted to get our seats early.

Did you know that they kill the bulls in front of the audience at the end of the fight?!  I didn’t :(. Not sure what I thought was supposed to happen, but I definitely wasn’t ready.  Either way, it was an interesting experience and I recommend going to watch if you find yourself in town during Feria week.

Take in the views at Paseo de Blas Infante

Just a few steps from the Plaza del Toro is Paseo de Blas Infante, one of the most recommended spots in Ronda, for good reason.  It is made up of beautiful gardens that lead up to a breathtaking lookout point from which you can take in panoramic views of the countryside.

 

Head to the Feria Grounds

Later on in the evening (after napping for a few hours, of course), we took a taxi to the Feria grounds.  Its a really family friendly event, that involves drinks, dancing, rides, and people dressed in beautiful Feria dresses!

Wine Tasting at Bodega Joaquin Fernando

The next morning, we decided to make our way over to Bodega Joaquin Fernando.  It is an organic winery in the middle of the countryside, so the views from the vineyard were beautiful!  We were the first people to show up for the day, so we pretty much got our own private tour of the vineyard and seller.  Moises, our guide, was very knowledgeable and walked us through the entire wine making process.  After the tour, we were given a tasting of several wines, along with sliced ham and cheese pairings.

 

 

Ronda was such a beautiful little town.  While we definitely plan on exploring other towns within driving distance, Ronda is definitely a place we plan on returning to.  What about you?  If you’ve spent time in Spain and have some favorite small towns, recommend them in the comments!

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