One of Andalucia’s prettiest towns, Ronda was built on an isolated ridge of the sierra, split in half by a gaping gorge and surrounded by a ring of mountains. At the height of its power Ronda once ruled an independent and isolated Moorish kingdom until annexed by Seville in the 11th century. During the 19th century the nearby bandoleros (bandits) who preyed on the rich became folk heroes, still celebrated at the Museo del Bandolero museum.
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