Ronda, loved by numerous artists and writers over the centuries, today still fascinates the visitor with its dramatic setting, colourful history and rich traditions.
It is said to be one of the oldest towns in Spain (dating back to 9th century BC) and the birthplace of modern day bullfighting.
It is definitely worth taking a day’s break from a sunny beach holiday on Costa del Sol and driving up the winding mountain roads to see and experience this romantic part of Andalusia.
Here’s a short [4.29min] video by Rick Steves that will give you an excellent idea of Ronda’s history and main attractions.
Video via ricksteves.com
One day in Ronda is enough to get acquainted with this captivating place, but to really appreciate the beauty and richness of its traditions as well as soak up the ‘romantic background’ (as Ernest Hemingway saw it), it might be a good idea to stay for another few days in one of the old town hotels and, while you are there, read a few pages of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises (Fiesta).