Ronda by bus in early January?

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Nov 20th, 2017, 10:27 AM
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Ronda by bus in early January?

Still penciling in our trip, and on the fence about Ronda in January.

Our clockwise route (by bus and train) as penciled in thus far is given in below (Dec 28 - Jan 16) A more complete trip plan with details about nights, etc will be in another post for revisions and suggestions

The route plan:
Toledo
Cordoba (quiet NYE plus a couple of days)
Malaga (1 night for LED lights)
Granada
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: working our way clockwise along the coast -- with a daytrip to Ronda?
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Cadiz
Jerez (sherry fanatics)
Seville

We would like to visit Ronda but we wonder (1) is it a reasonable day trip in early January (weather and daylight hours) , and (2) if so, should we base in Malaga (again), or get a different experience by staying in Marbella, and thence to day trip from there (transport is more complicated).

Or add a day to Seville at the end of our trip and possibly do a day trip to Ronda from there, if weather permits?

Or save Ronda for another trip in perhaps spring or fall?

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Nov 20th, 2017, 11:07 AM
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Could you not just stop by Ronda en route to Granada or Malaga?

Cordoba to Ronda by fastest train is about 1.5 hours and then 1.25 hours from there to Malaga by train. Could be a day trip from either or a few-hour stop (physical beauty IMO more than things to see) but if take bus from Seville - I did and think it may take longer to Ronda thru the white villages - maybe then stay overnight in Ronda. Weather should be warm enough to make sure buses run OK I would think.

Trains - Madrid to Toledo is short and cheap but can be full for any given day - book early at www.renfe.com or take buses which are easy to get on others say.

Madrid to Cordoba AVE train book ASAP at www.renfe.com for limited in number discounted fares - ditto for your other trips except regional trains like to Seville from Jerez and Cadiz but bus from Malaga to Cadiz - you could easily bus to Gibraltar - some like me love it others diss it as a big rock - but it is a unique place with a Spanish-English culture with British-like pubs, British supermarkets, etc and I found it fun climbing the rock to cavort with its legendary tail-less apes (which will pilfer anything in sight!)

From Gibralter bus to Cadiz and then take trains or buses to Seville.

Anyway for lots on trains check www.renfe.com; www.seat61.com (lots of cogent advice on booking your own train tickets thru www.renfe.com which can flummox foreign users on first encounter as many here have complained); general info www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.ricksteves.com.

There is also a Spanish Railpass to consider if don't want to book trains far in advance and have flexibility on which trains to take when there not book in stone (discounted tickets unchangeable from specific train I believe) months ahead to time which is need often to guarantee getting a discounted ticket as they may quickly sell out.
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Nov 20th, 2017, 11:38 AM
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Save Ronda for another trip. It's on a high plateau and is freezing in winter.
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Nov 20th, 2017, 11:49 AM
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http://www.holiday-weather.com/ronda/averages/

Ronda avg temps for January avg like 55 avg low 45

depends what you call freezing I guess.
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Nov 20th, 2017, 12:26 PM
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No, it ain't Michigan freezing, but it's damn COLD. Better in the spring with poppies in the fields.
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Nov 20th, 2017, 05:42 PM
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Ronda is about 2.5 hours each way from Sevilla. Personally, I wouldn't sit in a car for 5 hours for a few hours in Ronda; YMMV.

I don't feel that I can comment on your other options without knowing more about your interests or your current itinerary -- a listing of stops without that information doesn't tell me much. Sorry!
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Nov 20th, 2017, 06:19 PM
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Thanks.

Just to reiterate: I seek information (and opinions) on visiting Ronda in January. A total itinerary for critique will appear in a few days.

I am a bit confused by PalenQ's replies since I didn't mention Madrid or Gibralter in my post but ...

We are not under particular time pressure, so don't feel the need to stop by Ronda en route to Malaga or Granada. IF we go to Ronda, surely it merits a few hours of exploration on foot.

kja: yes, I will make another post with our more detailed plan with interests to seek feedback, especially with respect to # of nights in each location (though holidays dictate that to some extent). . Right now I am trying to figure out logistically whether a daytrip to Ronda from Marbella or Malaga or Seville even makes sense in January. It sounds like it is a bit too far from Seville at 2.5hr each way. Marbella is 1.5 hr but dodgy. On the other hand, by then we may need a "nature" balance to incredible architecure and ruins and art.

We are are trying to balance time in bus vs daylight hours vs what we want to see....

Thanks!

And we are trying to keep flexibility in our schedule/plans because weather in January is ... iffy ....
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Nov 21st, 2017, 07:30 AM
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Ronda is nice to see physically but not that awesome to worry about. Sorry thought you were landing in Madrid for some reason.
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Nov 21st, 2017, 07:39 AM
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One of the gems not to miss at/around Ronda are the cuevas de Pileta. Check if/when they are open in January.

There are direct trains from Ronda to Cordoba, Granada and Algeciras. For Malaga, you have to change at Bobadilla.
Direct buses from Algeciras to Cadiz.
Malaga - Granada is better done by bus.
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Nov 21st, 2017, 05:25 PM
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Can one now reach the Cuevas de Pileta from Ronda affordably by public transportation?
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