Ronda and Antequera are two of the Costa del Sol’s inland gems. Both cities, along with Málaga, are home to a significant portion of the province's cultural and architectural heritage.
Ronda and its bandit history: the capital of the Tajo Gorge
The thing that astonishes first-time visitors to Ronda most of all is the town's location over an impressive gorge: The Tajo Gorge. You’ll be able to see Ronda’s hanging houses from various parts of the city’s old town – which has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest – and you will also get spectacular views from Puente Nuevo, or “New Bridge”.
The town's most impressive sights are the Bullring, the Arabic Baths and the House of the Moorish King. For those keen to discover Romantic Ronda, its history and the legends of the bandits, we recommend that you visit some of the town's most unusual museums, for instance the Lara Museum and the Bandit Museum.
That said, if there’s one thing you definitely cannot miss when visiting Ronda, it must be the city's cuisine and wines. You will find a number of wineries in Ronda that offer wine tasting sessions, and you will also come across bars and taverns where you will be able to enjoy the typical Andalusian atmosphere and tapas.
Antequera – the heart of Andalusia
Antequera's natural and architectural heritage is one-of-a-kind. Peña de los Enamorados (Lover’s Rock) stands out amongst the Antequera landscape, which is shaped like a man lying down, which has in turn given rise to some of the best known legends in the region. It is also a city with a delicious cuisine, and it makes its own olive oil with Denomination of Origin.
During your time in Antequera, be sure to visit the Dolmens Archaeological Site, which UNESCO has declared a World Heritage Site, and indeed the Torcal de Antequera, one of Andalusia's most stunning areas of natural beauty. In Antequera's old town, you’ll come across gems such as the Alcazaba, the Arco de los Gigantes ("Giant's Arch") and the Santa María La Mayor Collegiate Church.