The history of the Camino de Ronda dates back to bygone times, when communication between towns was difficult. More if possible, for those fishermen who were shipwrecked among the rocks of the steep coast.
It was in this way that the Way was created. Thus, the different coastal populations had a path that communicated them with each other along the coast.
In this way, if a boat was wrecked, the fishermen could return on the road to the town.
Along the Camino de Ronda, you will be able to see different watchtowers, these towers are a trace still perceptible in the architecture of the constant attacks by pirate and corsair ships that the entire coastal area suffered from the 12th to the 18th century.
There were many attacks carried out by these characters on our shores. They sought riches and captives and left a trail of death in their wake.
This meant that many of the coastal towns were located a few kilometers inland to be able to flee before the arrival of the enemy or to prepare the defense. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the so-called watchtowers were built throughout the region to protect themselves from these attacks. These towers served to monitor the arrival of any ship and thus be able to notify the people of the area.
Fortunately, numerous watchtowers have survived to this day and are a reminder of what the people of the area lived through in another era.
The construction date of the Camino is uncertain, but if it is known that its current name, Camino de Ronda, became popular between the 19th and 20th centuries.
Its name is due to the round carried out by the Civil Guard. These were the ones in charge of policing the coastline against smuggling.
Yes, you read correctly, smuggling. The Camino was used to hide hard-to-find or prohibited products in nooks.
To do this, they used the places with the greatest difficulty to access from land and that were not seen with the naked eye from the road. And for this purpose the silhouette of the coast gives a lot of play.
It was during the night when all the actions were carried out to get the merchandise of the large ships that followed their trade route off these coasts.
The boats loaded with products went to the points where they had located their hiding places to leave the goods. Later, others were in charge of collecting it to be distributed.
Today the Camino de Ronda is known for its fabulous views of the Costa Brava. In it, you can feel how the green of the pines caresses the intense blue of the sea.
We must be aware that if we do not take care of our environment, there will come a time when many things we do will not be able to carry them out. Therefore, I urge you to respect all the places I show you, as if it were your house, as it is!