Ronda is situated on a plateau of 780 meters, in the southwest of the province of
Malaga. The city is famous for its houses contructed on the edge of the precipice (they
are called "the hanging houses of the Tajo") as well as for its typical house
fašades with their windowgrates and the numerous manor-houses with their heraldic
Its geographical situation is enviable: mountains protect the city; with their gorges
and cliffs they create an inaccessibility and seclusion that gives Ronda the
characteristics of a natural fortress; the three walls encircling the city and their
towers create a military touch.
Ronda was conquered in 1485 by the Catholic Kings. This caused the reorganisation of
the culture and physiognomy of the city. However, the typical and symbolic monuments of
Ronda, the New Bridge (el Puente Nuevo) and the bullfight-arena (la Plaza de Toros) were
built in the 18th century.
In the 19th century, the romantic image of the city with its cock- and bull stories and
the art of bullfighting was created.
The cultural and traditional richness of the city is varied; and this variety is the
reason for the attraction of today's Ronda.