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Cueva de la Pileta is 15km south of Ronda, and is well worth seeing unless you suffer from claustrophobia or hate bats. These prehistoric cave paintings of fish, goats, horses and bulls, as well as abstract symbols, in charcoal, red and yellow, date from the late Palaeolithic period (3rd century BC). They were discovered by the farmer on whose land the caves are located, in 1905. His family, the Bullon, still take visitors on fascinating tours by candelight. What you see, which also includes limestone formations such as stalagmites and stalagtites, is only a fraction of the whole 2km cave system; it is still being examined by archaeologists, nearly a century later.

  • Fact 1 - Ronda's most famous son, Pedro Romero, changed the face of bullfighting
  • Fact 2 - English painter David Bomberg lived and worked in Ronda in the 1950s, producing some of the finest landscapes of Spain
  • Fact 3 - Five thousand-year-old cave paintings near Ronda are an unusual and fascinating experience
  • Fact 4 - Ernest Hemingway loved bullfighting, and he loved Ronda - so much so that he used it as a setting for his novels
  • Fact 5 - The mountains around Ronda were a popular hide-out for bandits in the 19th century
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