Marbella Ronda


Ronda is an old Islamic town that stays true to its traditional culture, with a beautiful scenery that invites you to explore its sights, both natural and man made. So get the camera ready for its workout as you explore what is known as Ronda!

To enter the main town and generally to get around you will have to make a point of crossing the Puente Nuevo bridge, an astounding feat of architecture that crosses the El Tajo Gorge. The top arch is especially impressive, as each brick had been laid without modern tools and has resulted in a success that, although brilliant, did have its tragic stories. For example, during its initial construction around fifty workers were killed when it collapsed and even the creator, Martin de Aldehuela, passed away attempting to carve the date of its completion into the bridge.

The City Museum is packed to the brim full of exhibits and you can choose your preference between the three sections: enviromental, historical and ethnographical. Each section has its well-known pieces with displays such as the funerary Arab world, the still, Natural Park of Los Alcornocales. As mentioned earlier, once over the Puente Nuevo bridge you can head down towards the La Ciudad, which is the old town. It has a strong Islamic influences and groups a number of narrow and winding roads together making you actually excited about getting completely lost for the day.

With similarities to Nerja, Marbella Ronda also has its fair share of ancient art located in Piletas caves. It was discovered in 1905 and has a number of paintings on the cave's wall, most notably the pregnant mare and the fish. Also found were the remains of humans, most probably from burials; experts estimate that the history here dates back over 25,000 years.