Set at the top of a rock, 750 m above sea level, Ronda is in the province of Malaga (Andalusia). It is one of the oldest cities of Spain and the river Guadalevin in the middle.
Founded during the Roman Empire by Scipio Africanus as a fortification town, Ronda was one of the leading cities of the province. Moreover, it is possible to see archaeological sites around the village. For example, visitors can discover the paintings of the Cueva de la Pileta and the city of Acinipo. In fact, Acinipo had a typical Roman urban design with stone buildings, theatre and public baths. It was strategically placed on large limestone hill, to have a visual domination of the surroundings.
What to see
The city has an Islamic influence from the Islamic domination. This is visible on the Medina, on the defensive walls and on the city gates (Almocabar and Cijara). Another example are the Arabic public baths. These ancient Arabic space, built around the 13th century, were kept throughout the centuries. They are in the old Arabic quarter known today as San Miguel. For instance, the baths had a sophisticated water system using a traditional Moorish waterwheel and they had different rooms.
In addition, important monuments such as the Puente Nuevo and the Plaza de toros, from the 18th century, are the symbols of the city. The first is a stonemason bridge with a height of 98 meters. In fact, it is 120 meters across a deep gorge above the River Guadalevin. Interesting to know, that it took more than 40 years to build it.
Famous for craftwork, Ronda has a tradition of woodcarving, hand made ceramics, leather and glass works. Therefore, visitors can find different souvenirs shops. Moreover, they can try local produce like Iberian pork, goat cheese, oil, sweets and liqueurs.
Photo credit: ©Turismo de Ronda, Oficina Municipal de Turismo and Andrés Aguayo Maldonado