Ronda’s loveliest enclosed space is the Mondragón palace, the heavily renovated and part-modernised remnants of what once was the palace of the Moorish ruler Abbel Mallek, or Abomelic, son of the king of Morocco.
The palace is tiny, but much detail remains, in the Mudejar ceilings, some original tiling, and the balconied inner courtyards. The best feature, however, is the remaining water gardens, miniature relatives of the Generalife at Granada, even though one is now covered in very Francoish sixties concrete. (The palace was in ruins before its last renovation.) The water gardens sit on the very edge of the town cliffs, and often host outdoor sculpture shows. It is also very popular for weddings of any (or no) denomination.
The upper floor houses the town museum and a permanent display of local natural history, and the building’s remaining spaces are home to Ronda’s main languages school.