Ronda is a magical little town balanced on the edge of an escarpment in the Málaga province.
You may never have heard the name but there’s a good chance you’ve seen a picture of the Puente Nuevo, an 18th-century structure that spans the 120-metre-deep El Tajo Gorge between the citadel and newer part of the town. It’s one of the most impressive sights in Spain.
Within the old citadel there are lots of intriguing fragments of Ronda’s 700-year occupation by the Moors to be discovered, and Ronda is also the Costa del Sol’s top wine town, with more than 20 wineries open for visits in the local countryside.
Lets explore the best things to do in Ronda:
Among the most iconic images, not just in Ronda, but all of Spain is the structure of this 18th-century bridge as it sinks to the floor of the El Tajo Gorge 120 metres below.
Construction began in 1759 to replace a previous bridge that had collapsed in the decade before.
It was no small undertaking either: The bridge took another 42 years to build and cost the lives of some 50 workers.
There’s a little exhibition about the bridge and its construction in a chamber above the main arch.
This same small space was used as a prison for centuries.