If you decide to spend your vacation in Malaga or somewhere else in southern part of Spain do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the picturesque scenery of the Andalusian Mountain and its nest like white villages (esp. Pueblos Blancos). White villages can be great one-day excursions, but of course you are welcome to stay longer.
One of the biggest and richest “villages”, located on a plateau in the mountains 48 km from Marbella is Ronda. It is considered to be one of the most historic cities in the region. This picturesque mountain town has about 35,000 residents, but according to some data, this city is daily visited by up to 75,000 tourists.
The heart of the city is mountain river El Tajo, that has carved the deep canyon above which huge bridge rises from the eighteenth century, the Puente Nuevo. Here in the past a prison was located but now it acts as a dramatic location for observation for tourists. There is a spectacular trail that leads along the edge of a precipice, El Parador, which offers superb views of the surrounding countryside.
Near the bridge there is the arena for a bullfight. People are very proud of their majestic arena and oldest association of bullfighting that dates from the sixteenth century. This city is rightly called the cradle of bullfighting. Each matador who cares about its reputation must appear in this arena. In the arena there is a museum, with excellent setting.
After the arena you will enter the enchanted maze of small streets. Every alley hides some new mystery and beauty. At the central square you will find the Town House, around which cypresses church and monastery are build. A large number of catholic buildings were built after the liberation of the south of Spain, when the mosques were turned in churches and monasteries.
This is why this area developed a special artistic style that combines the cultural heritage and traditions of these two civilizations.
Arabian, Spanish and Indian heritage are mixed and blended in a unique way giving a special touch to the town.
Here you can see a typical Andalusian house from the sixteenth century, Moctezuma palace that belonged to the direct male descendants of the last Aztec emperor Moctezuma II.
The motives associated with the discovery of the New World may be encountered on the facades of other buildings in Ronda such as the facade of the palace of the Marquis de Salvatierra. Mondragon Palace is a typical example of Arab architecture that can be encountered throughout Andalusia.
It was built at the beginning of the fourteenth century as the residence of the king Mulay Abdelmalek, son of the Sultan of Morocco. This was the residence of the last Arab rulers of Ronda. It is one of the most important buildings in the city and today serves as the Archaeological Museum.