Lodgings in the capital of Andalusia's "white villages" sit adjacent to top attractions like the famous bullring and dramatic scenic gorge. Take in the city from right next to the bullring, atop the edge of the ravine, a famous poet's garden retreat, or a countryside oasis with these hotels.

Hotel Catalonia Ronda

Photo courtesy of Hotel Catalonia Ronda

Look straight into the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda bull ring from the Hotel Catalonia Ronda. The hotel exterior holds its own, with a historical facade that's part of the Preservation Plan for Ronda's Old Town.

Enjoy Andalusian and international cuisine in the onsite Panorámico Restaurant or from the Corner Bar and terrace, both with bullring views. Head up to the roof for a dip in the infinity or hydromassage pools before you laze away on the deck chairs.

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Parador de Ronda

The Parador de Ronda's dramatic cliffside location

Spain's parador system is comprised of a series of government-sponsored hotels dating back to the early 1900s, when the system was created to encourage tourism and enhance the image of Spain abroad. Many of the buildings are converted convents, palaces, and other sites of historical interest. The Parador de Ronda is no exception, with its spot in a former town hall next to the New Bridge that connects the city's Old Town with the newer Mercadillo quarter.

Take in the views of the Tagus River at the base of the 394-foot-deep (120 m) ravine, as the hotel sits just on the edge of the cliffs. There are two restaurants within the hotel, one serving Andalusian and Mediterranean dishes and another focusing on the cuisines of Málaga.

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Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria

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The Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria sits between a pine forest and the center of town, but is just a short walk from most of the central attractions. The building itself was built in 1906 in the Victorian style and served as both the residence and workplace of the famous Czech poet Rainer Maria Rilke, whose room has since been turned into a small museum.

Take in both the food and the views at the Azahar restaurant, overlooking the Tajo Gorge, or visit the Gourmet Corner Bar. Many rooms also have views of the gorge. There's also a pool with a neighboring solarium and spa zone that includes amenities like saunas, an ice fountain, and a Scottish shower (a piping hot shower that ends with at least 60 seconds of icy cold water).

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Hotel La Fuente de la Higuera

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Travelers in search of tranquility should head to Hotel La Fuente de la Higuera, just a 10-minute drive outside of central Ronda. Ideal for adult travelers who want to unplug, this 11-room oasis is free of TVs on the property, ideal for curling up with a good book in a calm, quiet environment. The building itself is an old mill house in the middle of olive groves, with extensive gardens and a pool with views over the tree-filled countryside.

The hotel has 27 staff and a maximum capacity of 24 guests, so your every need can be catered to, including private guided walking, bicycling, and wine tours. Each room has its own private terrace, and the onsite restaurant serves Andalusian cuisine crafted with fresh produce from the gardens, including almonds, figs, lemons, quince, plums, virgin olive oil, and seasonal vegetables.

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