An authentic slice of southern Spain, holidays to Ronda partner historic landmarks and traditional cuisine with jaw-dropping countryside vistas.
A tale of two towns
Set above the El Tajo gorge in Andalucia
's rugged south, Ronda's a town divided. The old town of La Ciudad's brimming with authentic Spanish charm, from well-preserved landmarks to welcoming tapas bars. The other side's a more modern affair, full of cocktail bars and boutique shops.
Ronda's sandwiched between two incredible natural parks. To the west lies Sierra de Grazalema, a vast expanse of gorges, caves and craggy limestone peaks. To the east's the remote backcountry of Sierra de las Nieve, where you might spot eagles, ibex and mountain cats. Come with comfy shoes and a fully charged camera.
It's not on the coast, but you can still take a dip. The bright-blue Zahara-El Gastor Lake is 35 minutes away and well worth the drive – just be sure to pack your own supplies. For that catered-for feel, head further afield to the Costa del Sol
, where sand, sunloungers and sangria await.