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Casa del Rey Moro Tours

Casa del Rey Moro
Found in La Ciudad (the old town) of Ronda, the Casa del Rey Moro (House of the Moorish King) is built on the remains of a Moorish palace on the side of El Tajo Gorge. However, and despite its name, it was never the home of any Moorish kings, as it was only built in 1709, and Jean Claude Nicolas Forestier’s serene hanging gardens surrounding the house were only created in 1912. Indeed the only Moorish element to the Casa del Ray Moro is its chief attraction, the ingenious Water Mine.

Constructed in the 14th century by the Moorish King Abomelic, the ‘mine’ was designed to enable water to be carried up into Ronda in secret, which was a lifesaver in that time of relentless sieging. The pathway consists of a steep series of interconnecting undercover stairways (with more than 300 steps) leading ever-downwards from the top of the gorge to the Guadalevín River 390 ft (120 m) below. Slaves were required to run up and down the stairway fetching and carrying water in secret. When the passageway was discovered by the troops of Isabella and Ferdinand in 1485 during the Reconquest, the city’s water supply was cut off and Ronda soon surrendered.

Eventually the Water Mine fell into disrepair and was not restored until 1911. It’s worth the long trek down to the river for the views of the Puente Nuevo from the little wooden platform at the bottom the stairway, but the return journey can be strenuous.

Practical Info

The Casa del Rey Moro is currently being renovated (not before time) and turned into a hotel but the Water Mine and hanging gardens are still open daily; there’s a small admission charge. Don’t go down the Water Mine if you are claustrophobic and be prepared for a long, sweaty haul back up to the top of the gorge. There’s no disabled access. Ronda is small enough to explore on foot and parking is plentiful around the new town of El Mercadillo north of the El Tajo Gorge and outside the old town walls.
Address: Calle de Santo Domingo, 9, Ronda, Andalucia 29400, Spain
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6 Tours and Activities to Experience Casa del Rey Moro

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Private Tour to Ronda from Malaga

Private Tour to Ronda from Malaga

Discover Ronda at your own pace! Specially designed for anyone looking for the ultimate private yet affordable way to discover Ronda on a flexible full day trip with private driver from Málaga (including cruise passengers!). Flexible and private way to discover Ronda Enjoy one of Spain oldest cities and most beautiful cities Explore this ancient city over a cliff at your own pace! Private driver for 6 hours in a local taxi
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$340.23
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$340.23
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Ronda and White Villages from Seville

Ronda and White Villages from Seville

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A quiet, familiar and relaxed tour to get to know Ronda and the region of the white villages by the hand of an Andalusian guide who knows the region and the local culture well. Very personalized, with tickets included to two monuments of Ronda with the possibility of choosing between Plaza de Toros, Casa del Rey Moro and the Arab baths or others requested by the client. Free time for lunch in the city of Ronda and with a stop back to Seville in another white village, Zahara de la Sierra or Setenil de las Bodegas where you can breathe a more rural and less touristy atmosphere than in the beautiful and attractive city of Ronda, offering a broader image about the region of white peoples, their culture and traditions.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.78
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Ronda: Bullring, Water Mine and Arab Baths Private Tour

Ronda: Bullring, Water Mine and Arab Baths Private Tour

Without a private tour of Ronda, you might miss the stories and sights that set this city apart as one of the top destinations in Malaga. Travel to the city’s 250-year-old bullring, the impressive New Bridge, and other stunning attractions with just your guide and private party. Included entrance fees,  tapas, and transportation round out the tour and provide great value.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$297.40
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$297.40
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From Malaga Port: Private Tour to Ronda (cruise passengers)

From Malaga Port: Private Tour to Ronda (cruise passengers)

From the Bullring and the botanic gardens to the stunning views from the New Bridge of Ronda, the impressive Arab Baths or the mysterious Palaces of this city, discover the famous history of one of the oldest and most beautiful cities of Spain with an endless array of tourist attractions to enjoy at your own pace with friends and family. Travel at your own pace with this option in which a local taxi will pick you up from wherever suits you best and discover the city during 6 hours. A very private, flexible and yet affordable way of discovering this amazing city.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$346.24
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The Best of Andalusia from Seville in 5 days with Private Tours and Transfers

The Best of Andalusia from Seville in 5 days with Private Tours and Transfers

For this 5 day experience, enjoy completely private services. Get to know the best of Seville, Ronda, and Cordoba with these completely private services. Day 1: Private arrival transfer. Pick up from airport in Seville and drop off to hotel in Seville. Day 2: Private 4 hour tour of Seville with chauffeur and separate official tour guide. Day 3: Private tour of 8 hours to Ronda from Seville. Official tour guide in Ronda for 3 hours. A driver will take you to Ronda from Seville and your guide will meet you in Ronda for a 3 hour guided tour. Day 4: Private 8 hour tour to Cordoba from Seville. Official tour guide in Cordoba for 3 hours. Entrance tickets to Mosque/Cathedral included. A driver will take you to Cordoba from Seville and your guide will meet you in Cordoba for a 3 hour guided tour. Day 5: Private departure transfer This tour can be shorter or longer days taking into account the given services. Contact at time of booking for changes.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,620.26
Price varies by group size
From
$1,620.26
Price varies by group size
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Private 5 days in Malaga - Private tours and arrival and departure transfer

Private 5 days in Malaga - Private tours and arrival and departure transfer

For this 5 day experience, enjoy completely private services. Get to know the best of Malaga, Ronda, and Cordoba with these completely private services. Day 1: Private arrival transfer. Pick up from airport in Malaga and drop off to hotel in Malaga. Day 2: Private 4 hour tour of Malaga with chauffeur and separate official tour guide. Day 3: Private tour of 8 hours to Ronda from Malaga. Official tour guide in Ronda for 3 hours. A driver will take you to Ronda from Malaga and your guide will meet you in Ronda for a 3 hour guided tour. Day 4: Private 8 hour tour to Cordoba from Malaga. Official tour guide in Cordoba for 3 hours. Entrance tickets to Mosque/Cathedral included. A driver will take you to Cordoba from Malaga and your guide will meet you in Cordoba for a 3 hour guided tour. Day 5: Private departure transfer This tour can be shorter or longer days taking into account the given services. Contact at time of booking for changes.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,620.26
Price varies by group size
From
$1,620.26
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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