For me, the town of Ronda is one of the nicest places in Málaga province. Perched on a hill some 739 metres above sea level, the city is split into two by a huge gorge (El Tajo) carved out by the Guadalevín River.
The city – around 36,000 inhabitants – is popular with visitors all year round but doesn’t actually feel overly ‘touristy’ as you wander around. And it has everything you could want. There is plenty for the culture vultures – churches, statues, interesting architecture, old palaces, Roman ruins etc – as well as some lovely parks and gardens and, of course, the stunning views from on high.
Views from Puente Viejo
The area is also good for nature and wildlife lovers, with a variety of birds frequently seen in and around the gorge: several types of Kestrel, Alpine Chough, Crag Martins and more. The Choughs are invariably soaring gracefully through the gorge, great to watch.
Whether you want shopping, nature, cuisine or culture, Ronda has much to commend it. I find it a very relaxing city and there is little to beat sitting on a cafe terrace overlooking gorge or providing views to the surrounding hills.
Looking down from the top of city is fabulous, a bit like a miniature world.