City on a Cliff

Just under two hours north of the populous tourist city of Fuengirola lies a city on the edge of a cliff.

Twisty roads that sit below mountaintop mansions bring you on a breathtaking journey to the summit of the region of Andalusia.

The town’s suburbs and industrial area would make you think that you’re in a typical uninteresting city, until you venture towards the far side of Ronda.

At it’s centrepiece stands one of the most impressive bridge structures that I have ever seen. Puente Neuvo took 35 years to build and was completed in 1793.

Standing at the edge of the cliff and looking down, I felt like I was on the set of Lord of the Rings. The sheer depth of the drop is hard to capture on camera.

Amazingly, there are old derelict houses built into the cliff face and dotted along the gorge’s deep basin.

The homes and apartments that line the cliff’s edge have balconies that are suspended out over the edge. If you drop something, it’s gone. I wouldn’t recommend these residences to somebody with a tendency to sleep walk.

The westerly facing cliff edge enjoys spectacular views of the valley below and the mountains in the distance.

On our drive back towards the coast, we were treated by a spectacular sunset that met us like a raging fire in the sky.

If you also suffer from cabin fever while staying at a holiday resort, rent a car and venture north. Andalusia’s rich history means that there is a mix of Celtic, Roman and Moorish influence to be found in the architecture of many of the region’s cities.