Although not in the league of Granada, Seville, and Córdoba, the tiny inland city of Ronda enjoys an incomparable setting, perched high above the Tajo Gorge, where political prisoners were once thrown to their deaths. Ronda also has beautiful and historic art and architecture, with one of the oldest bullrings in the country and plenty of Roman and Moorish ruins.

Ronda is the best known of Spain's Pueblos Blancos (White Towns), so called for their whitewashed houses built closely together. Visitors with more time can visit the other Pueblos Blancos in and around Ronda. We describe a 2-day driving tour that will take you to our favorite (and the most beautiful) of these towns, including Arcos de la Frontera. This is one of Spain's most scenic routes and has plenty of fascinating stops along the way.

Another wonderful series of towns are those that make up the famous "Sherry Triangle": Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María, and the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. These towns are known for their, yes, sherry (jerez in Spanish). Indulging in a wine-tasting tour in their vineyards is one of the best ways to experience these towns. If you have time for only one, make it Jerez de la Frontera, with the best bodegas (wineries) and the world headquarters of the sherry industry. In Jerez you can also see the Dancing Horses of Andalusia.