Set at the top of a rock 750 m above sea level and crossed by the river Guadalevin, Ronda, in the province of Malaga (Andalusia) is one of the oldest cities of Spain.
Founded during the Roman Empire by Scipio Africanus as a fortification town, Ronda was one of the leading cities of the province. Around the village archaeological sites like the paintings of the Cueva de la Pileta and the city of Acinipo can be found. Spread over a large limestone hill, Acinipo had a typical Roman urban design (stone buildings, theater and public baths) and was strategically placed with a visual domination of the surroundings.
The city has an Islamic influence from the Islamic domination, which is visible on the Medina, on the defensive walls, on the city gates (Almocabar and Cijara) and at the Arabic public baths. These ancient Arabic baths, a hidden treasure built around the 13th century and preserved throughout the centuries, are located in the old Arabic quarter known today as San Miguel. Water was supplied by a sophisticated system using a traditional Moorish waterwheel and the baths were divided into three main areas: cold, warm and hot rooms.
Important monuments such as the Puente Nuevo and the Plaza de toros were built during the 18th century and became symbols of the city. Puente Nuevo, a stonemason bridge with a height of 98 meters, took more than 40 years to build. The bridge spans 120 meters across a deep gorge above the river Guadalevin.
Famous for craftworks, Ronda has a tradition of woodcarving, hand made ceramics, leather and glass works; visitors can find different souvenirs shops or try local produce like Iberian pork, goat cheese, cheese with chestnuts, olive oil, sweets, flower honey and liqueurs.
Photo credit: ©Turismo de Ronda, Oficina Municipal de Turismo and Andrés Aguayo Maldonado