Roaming Acinipo’s Roman ruins

It is one of the best-preserved Roman theatres in Spain but unlike many of Andalucía’s honeypots, Acinipo is blissfully free of tourists – and free to enter

Ronda has Roman, Arab and romantic history, although it can be hard to feel it when caught up in a crocodile of tourists following a guide with megaphone and flag. Travel up into the mountains 12 miles north-west of Ronda, however, and if you’re early enough, you can have an entire Roman town to yourself.

Nothing much has happened here since the town of Acinipo was abandoned some time in the fourth century. The site is fenced and there is a watchman but little in the way of infrastructure or, thankfully, re-enactments and interpretations.

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