Ronda is one of Andalucía's most famous hill towns, known as the pueblos blancos. It lies about an hour-and-a-half's drive inland from Málaga.

It was originally settled by the Romans, and later fortified by the Moors. In the nineteenth century, the town's expansion -- despite the best efforts of the local bandits -- necessitated the building of the now famous 'new' bridge across the gorge.

The town's dramatic natural setting, combined with its thoroughly restored old quarter, never fail to charm me. Just visit in the early morning or evening, before and after the coaches arrive and depart...

To the west and southwest of Ronda lie some of the province's famous small hill towns. Zahara >> is one of the most dramatic, with a Moorish castle eyeing the countryside for miles around. South of Zahara, the Grazalema National Park makes a stark and impressive backdrop to some great roads for driving, and trails for hiking.

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