The winding path down from Ronda to the valley floor below rewards the traveler with an expansive panorama of the city. While the area was settled by the Celts as early as the sixth century BC, the current Ronda is of Roman origins, having been founded as a fortified post in the Second Punic War, by Scipio Africanus. Ronda received the title of city at the time of Julius Caesar.
The most well-known feature of Ronda is the Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) which spans the canyon between two sections of the city and is seen in the middle of this image. The bridge was completed in 1793 and towers 120 m above the canyon floor. Ronda is also the home of the first bullfighting ring in Spain. Photo © copyright by Brian Divelbiss.