After seeing Andalucía’s bigger cities of Sevilla and Granada as well as the beach town of Nerja in Costa de Sol, we last set our sights and our GPS on the “White Hill Town” of Ronda along the Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos.
Straddling the El Tajo gorge with spectacular panoramic views out to the surrounding countryside from the equally stunning, impressive 18th-century, gorge-spanning Puente Nueva bridge, Ronda rocks a truly breathtaking setting with its crisp, whitewashed buildings clinging to the canyon walls 360 feet above the ravine floor.
Our quick twenty-four hour stay involved a hot, dusty, but totally worth-it-for-the-views hike down and up to the bottom of the gorge, checking out the evocative ruins of the city’s 14th-century Arab baths, watching the sunset from the terrace of Alameda del Tajo, gorging ourselves silly on delicious Argentine BBQ from Restaurant Abrasador La Carreta, and lastly soaking away the day in our pleasant surprise of an enormous jetted tub at Hotel Gabriel.
Even if you only have an afternoon, a stop in Ronda is a must-do if you are planning an Andalusian getaway. Take a look for yourself and tell me you don’t agree!