RONDA, ACCORDING TO JOSÉ

If you ever stayed awake at night wondering just how Orson Welles fit into the Ronda narrative, where to find the best payoyo cheese in town or how to push past the crowd of tourists to the only private estate harbouring some of the area’s renowned art and tapestries, the Concierge team at the Marbella Club has the person with all of the answers.

José Páez has been leading tourists through Ronda for decades.

José Páez is what you would call a die-hard Rondeño. He has devoted his life to telling others about ‘Ronda the Mysterious’, its astounding history, its rich gastronomic offering and the ins and outs of its narrow streets. As you walk through Ronda with José, be prepared to stop once or twice to greet the locals – his work as an official guide in various countries has won him the kind of respect that garners many morning ‘holas’.

Jose has also penned several books on Ronda and has a bespoke route of the city for all tastes. On a recent photo tour of the city, José proposed the top 3 must-see spots of Ronda – the foundation of all tours. (And after Ronda, don’t forget to visit other great white villages in the area).

The Tajo gorge and Puente Nuevo, one of Ronda’s highlights.

El Tajo & Puente Nuevo

El Tajo gorge unites the older and modern parts of the city by means of the Puente Nuevo. Probably one of the most photographed areas of Ronda, the gorge is caved out 100 metres deep by the Guadalevín River.

Iglesia Santa María la Mayor

A mix of gothic and modern architecture, this cathedral was erected over the city’s 13th-century aljama mosque and features Renaissance décor.

Casa Museo San Juan Bosco, located in a privileged location of the old town.

Casa Museo San Juan Bosco

A modernist-style mansion built at the beginning of the 20th century, this home has impressive courtyards and gardens, not to mention one of the most unique views of the Ronda Serranía.

Do you want José to give you an insider look of Ronda? Contact our Concierge team and book your day excursion.

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