Located between the Campo de Gibraltar area, the western Costa del Sol, the Hoya de Malaga, the Antequera Depression and the Sierra de Ubrique, this region is much more than just a series of mountain ranges.
It is plateau in the town, a village haven on the River Genal, a natural corridor along the River Guadiaro and a gateway to the flatlands of Malaga via the Turón and Guadalteba valleys. On the plateau and in the valleys of the north, Ronda is a landscape of holm oak woods and pastures, open countryside and rows of mountains; in the valleys of the south, forests of chestnuts, cork oaks, holm oaks and pines intertwine with the olive trees on the hills and fruit trees on the river banks, embracing the villages that stand on the River Genal and climbing the rocky fringes of the River Guadiaro. And in the centre, Ronda is a mountain peak, crowned with Spanish firs and century-old gall oaks, which looks down from the Sierra de las Nieves over the River Guadalhorce and the coast; a watchtower from which the province of Malaga, the Serranîa de Cádiz and even the Seville countryside are clearly visible.
In these parts, the Serrania is a world apart, one that goes far beyond the legends that abound in every village, valley and mountain range. The Serrania is both a landscape that jealously guards its riches and a living, breathing history of the people who, from the rivers Genal and Guadiaro to Montecorto and Cuevas del Becerro, work their daily miracles of forestry, agriculture, cattle farming and commerce. Cork is produced in the hills of Cortes de la Frontera and chestnut trees grow along the Genal, while the pastures cultivate cereal crops and acorns, the latter being used to feed the pigs that provide the finest pork sausages in Arriate, Ronda Montejaque and Benaoján; aromatic plants on which the reputations of foreign perfumes are built and wood transformed into works of art in the shape of the hand-crafted furniture that the visitor can admire in Ronda.
The richness and diversity of the area has seen much of its territory fall under the protection of various natural trusts, notably the Serrania’s three Natural Parks: Sierra de Grazalema, Sierra de las Nieves and Los Alcornocales. Home to veritable jewels of nature such as the Spanish fir, the golden eagle and the tawny vulture, they also provide the perfect location in which to enjoy an endless list of leisure activities in a natural setting, such as hiking, climbing, potholing or simply nature watching. Meanwhile, the town of Ronda boasts an unparalleled heritage that the tourist will simply marvel at.
A visit to the Serranîa is a tempting invitation to rediscover the past. Castles, watchtowers, palaces, Arabic baths, Roman theatres and even primitive caves and highwaymen’s hideouts will send the visitor on a trip back in time during which imagination will be his only travelling companion.
Cheese, honey, chestnut, agriculture, biology.
Stonework, pottery, forge works and wood.
Cork, silviculture, aromatic plants.
Meat, furniture, textile, leather.
Cultural heritage, rural and active tourism.
More English information of Serranîa de Ronda on the website of the Costa del Sol Tourist Board.http://www.visitcostadelsol.com/municipalities/serrania-de-ronda