On the way to Ronda, we cross a Natural Park halfway between Cadiz and Malaga, where we will drive among steep mountains with contrasting formations, the result of their turbulent geological history. Our first stop will be in the town of Arcos de la Frontera, where we will walk along the narrow and whitewashed streets of the old Islamic medina. Arcos is built on top of a cliff, so it is possible to enjoy some of the most beautiful panoramas of the province of Cadiz. We will also have a small second breakfast of the day as the town is also known for its convent-made sweets.
When in Grazalema, a small and peaceful community of only 2.000 inhabitants in the heart of the Natural Park, we will learn about the history of bandoleros; men who lived in the mountains running away from the Justice of the kingdom, hiding in caves. Before heading to the next town, we will have the opportunity to try a local cheese called payoyo, traditionally elaborated in this white village, for our lunch.
Ronda is the last jewel we will visit in this day trip. It is known for its astonishing New Bridge built across El Tajo canyon. But there is much more to discover in Ronda, especially in the afternoon, when it is not so busy. During our walk through the old quarter, we will discover old nobility houses, churches, the remains of mosques and some incredible views. A place that made 19th century romantic travelers fall in love with it.
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