Although Ronda is one of Andalucia's fastest-growing towns, its "old town" retains lots of historic appeal. It is renowned throughout the world for its breathtaking views over the deep El Tajo gorge that carries the Río Guadalevín through its centre.
One of the most popular attractions is the 18th century Puente Nuevo bridge, which straddles the 100 metre chasm below. Views from the bridge are sensational and offer an incredible vista out over the Serranía de Ronda mountains.
Ronda is also famous as the birthplace of modern bullfighting, today glimpsed once a year at the spectacular Feria Goyesca. The Feria (or festival) is held at the beginning of September and everyone dresses up to look the same as the people in Goya's original sketches of the region. The bullring, Plaza de Toros, is now a museum, open to visitors, who can wander into the bullfighting arena.
In late May or early June, Ronda holds a traditional "romería" (pilgrimage or procession) in honour of the Virgen de la Cabeza - a colourful, noisy and vibrant event where everyone wears traditional Andalucian dress and families come out in their hundreds to celebrate.
A wander through the old town leads to quaint cobbled streets, museums, old mansions and family houses, picturesque plazas, convents and churches. The buildings and architecture are rich with history and atmosphere - Ronda is one of the oldest towns in Spain. From the Arabic Baths to the Palace of the Moorish King with its hauntingly beautiful water mine and Islamic staircase, there are plenty of interesting places to explore.
There is host of bars, restaurants and cafes in Ronda and lots of artesan shops where tourists can find a memento of their visit.
You can drive to Ronda from Ardales on the A357, which bypasses Carratraca and Cuevas de Becerra. There's also a more westerly and also very dramatic route from San Luis de Sabanillas near Estepona, taking the A377 via Casares and Gaucín on to Ronda. The train journey from nearby Campillos to Ronda only takes 40 minutes and passes through stunning scenery – and is super cheap at 12 euros for a return ticket.