Visiting Ronda’s Mondragón Palace

The Mondragón Palace is located in Ronda, in Andalusia, Spain. Ronda does have its own airport, and you may choose to take a direct flight to this city and check in to a hotel here. Pablo Ruiz Picasso Airport in Malaga, Spain and Torremolinos Airport, Torremolinos, Spain too are close to this city of Ronda.

General information-

So if you are planning to take a vacation to this part of the world, then do not forget to visit the Palacio de Mondragon. The entry fee is only 3 euros per person for adults and 1.50 for children. It is 1.50 euros if you are a part of a group of ten or more.

Opening hours-

Monday to Friday- 9 am to 7 pm

Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays- 10 am to 3 pm

The history of the palace

Most of the people like to visit this place due to the Moorish courtyards and gardens which remind them about the kings and governors who resided here. It houses the Municipal museum. If we go back in history, we will get to know that this palace was the home of the Moorish King Abomelic I. He is also known as Abomelic Abd al-Malik or as Abbel Mallek. It is believed that this palace was constructed between 1306-1314 A.D. and added to the beauty of this ”City of Dreams.”

Alfonso XI defeated Abomelic and the city came under the direct control of the Nasrid dynasty in Granada. Then the Grenadian governors of Ronda made it their home. In 1485, Ferdinand II conquered Ronda and made this beautiful palace his home. It is believed that he lived here with his beautiful wife Isabella.

In 1491 Ferdinand II awarded the palace to Don Alonso de Valenzuela, a prominent family from Sevilla. This family remodelled the palace and the palace took a completely new look. In 1569, Captain Don Melchor de Mondragón became the owner of this palace. By the late 16th century the de Valenzuela family again conquered this palace. In 1675 Don Fernando, the son of Don Francisco de Valenzuela was awarded the grandeeship Marquis de Villasierra. Later in 1677, he was made the Prime Minister of Spain and he started residing in the palace. Though he was disgraced and exiled to Philippines later, but the ownership battles of this beautiful palace continued.

Present day palace

This palace is now a museum which is devoted to the history and pre-history of the area. This place has reserved the charm and grandeur of the Moorish times. The garden and ground floor patios are pretty much untouched. However, the central courtyard and the private courtyard which leads to the offices of the tourism staff have been completely renovated.

When you will visit the museum, you will see that each of the exhibits is properly labelled in English and Spanish. Many of you will notice that the description in English has many spelling errors and grammatical errors which have become a hallmark to this museum now.

The palace is tiny however, if you are a lover of archaeological buildings, then you will surely appreciate the details on the Mudejar ceilings.  There are some original tiling work remaining from the Moorish era and the balconied inner courtyards are magnificent. There are some of the remaining water gardens which sit on the very edge of the town cliffs. Outdoor sculpture shows are organised here. You will find the town museum on the upper floor, and Ronda’s main languages school in the rest of the palace.

So if you are visiting this side of the town, spending half a day or an entire day in the palace is definitely recommended.