Malaga hiking white villages
There is a well-paved mountain road between the coast and Ronda, which asses through the whole mountain range from south to north with lovely scenery on either side and practically no settlements.
Ronda lies on top of a rocky projection with vertical walls and is one of the most interesting towns in Andalusia. It is divided by a deep chasm El Puente Nuevo , built in the 18C connects both parts and at the same time is the landmark of the town, the Gates of El Almocabar - of Muslim times - and of Carlos V, which give access to the most representative area of Ronda.
The well-preserved Arab baths are found in the lowest part of town. Close by there is the 17C Puente Viejo (Old Bridge), which leads to the most recent area of Ronda. It is suggested, however, to return to El Puente Nuevo: the view over the precipice of the River Guadalavir is absolutely breathtaking there.
The ruins of Acinipo lie at a distance of 19km from Ronda. Part of an ancient theatre is preserved of this Roman settlement.
With Ronda as the starting point the traveller has two options to get to know the white villages.
The road descending towards the bay of Algeciras passes through a good part of the mountain range and then enters the Province of Cadiz. There are two lovely villages to be visited: Jimena and Castellar de la Frontera.
The other option takes the traveller to Arcos de la Frontera after passing through really magnificent mountain scenery and through Grazalema and Ubrique.