Being one the three most popular Andalucian tourist attractions, along with Seville and Granada, Ronda retains much of its historic charm, particularly in the old town (casco antiguo). It is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views, and for the deep El Tajo gorge which carries the Guadalevín river through its centre. Most visitors make a beeline for the 18th century ’Puente Nuevo’ (new bridge), which dramatically straddles a 100m chasm below. This part of town, along with a beautiful park, enjoy amazing and unparalleled views out over the Serranía de Ronda mountain range. Ronda was deservedly included in Conde Naste’s Traveller Magazine’s "Places you must see before you die" list, and is currently seeking Unesco protected status - a fine accolade indeed! Ronda is also famous as the birthplace of modern bullfighting and boasts the oldest bullring in Spain.
One of oldest towns in Spain, Ronda is a perfect day-trip destination lying within just 20 km of the Cortijo.
Scattered around the province there are various remains from the Roman period, the most important being the archeological site of the Roman town of ’Acinipo’, close to the nearby village of Setenil. The most striking aspect of the cultural heritage of Ronda and its surroundings is Arabic - under Muslim rule the town rose to importance as the capital of one of the live coras of Al-Andalus. This influence pervades everything here ... the architecture, the gastronomy, agricultural practices, and many interesting traditions found throughout the region.