Ronda, the dreamed city

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Ronda is one of the oldest cities in Spain. Its origins date back to the Neolithic period, according to the archaeological discoveries made in its old town. However, the presence of man in these lands is much earlier, which makes the surroundings of the city as impressive as the city itself: the Cueva de la Pileta, a reference point for cave art, and the dolmens of El Chopo or El Encinas Borrachas testify to this.

In this period Acinipo and Ronda will be born, whose heights will be in Roman times, the first, and medieval the second. Very close to each other, you can’t miss visiting the remains of the Roman site of Acinipo, with emblematic remains such as the theater.

With the disappearance of Acinipo, after the convulsive period that meant the fall of the Roman Empire, the focus will be on Ronda, which, although a very small nucleus during the first Middle Ages, will be from then on the protagonist of all the historical ups and downs that took place in this territory.

Of these, the one that stands out for its transcendence and for the cultural legacy that it has left us and that is still perceptible in many of its manifestations (urbanism, gastronomy, traditions, farming systems, etc), was the Islamic period.

It is at this time that Ronda is configured and consolidated as a city, becoming the capital of one of the Kuras (Provinces) in which al-Andalus was divided (that of Takurunna) and even becoming an independent kingdom (the so-called Taifa kingdoms) after the dismantling of the Caliphate of Cordoba.

But the most significant role, and the one for which it is best known, will come with the Nasrid kingdom of Granada, since its proximity to the territories conquered by the Castilians will mean that both the city and the region will become a particularly important border enclave.

But it will be the 18th century that will mark the definitive guidelines of the role that Ronda will have in the context of Andalusia. It was during this period that the most significant and emblematic monuments of the aristocracy of that time and of the current Ronda were built: the New Bridge and the Bullring.

From then on, and throughout the 19th century, the romantic image of the city was forged, as well as that of its Serranía, in which the world of banditry and bullfighting would make a deep impression on many illustrious travellers.

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