From Setenil we follow our road to El Gastor, the Balcony of Andalusia, and we’ll see a sign to Acinipo. Acinipo or Land of Wine is also known as Ronda La Vieja. The site of Acinipo was already occupied before Roman expansion in Spain, being situated as it is on a high point above a large flat plateau. It was a Phoenician colony in the pre-Roman period. The site was important not only for its strategic location, but also as a junction. High up in the mountains, from Acinipo roads and passes lead down to the south coast, to the west coast at Cadiz, to the Guadalquivir valley and back east towards Antequera. The city was important and wealthy, but began to fade in the mid 3rd century, gradually losing power and importance until the nearby Ronda (Arunda) took over the position of importance.
Ronda la Vieja’s best and most striking remain is the 1st century AD theatre, which stands at the summit of the hill visible from the rest of the city only as a high wall until you reach the building itself. It is remarkably well preserved, which is surprising considering the state of the rest of the site. It is possible to make out some buildings, but most of the city exists as rubble. Heaps of stone denote where buildings lie. With some work, Acinipo could be an amazing visitor site but, due largely to its extraordinarily out-of-the-way location, it is highly unlikely the government will ever pour enough money into it for that.