Serranía de Ronda

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Serranía de Ronda
Comarca
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Location in the province of Málaga.
Location in the province of Málaga.
Country  Spain
Autonomous community Andalusia
Province Málaga
Capital Ronda
Municipalities
Area
 • Total 1,256 km2 (485 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 55,835
 • Density 44/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

The Serranía de Ronda is a comarca in the western part of province of Málaga, Andalusia, Spain. As is currently (as of 2009) the norm in Andalusia, it has no formal status. The new 2007 Statute of Autonomy of Andalusia, unlike its 1981 predecessor, mentions comarcas in Article 97 of Title III, which defines the significance of comarcas and establishes a basis for formal recognition in future legislation,[1] but no such legislation has yet been enacted.

Geography[edit]

it is an area of outstanding natural beauty and great geographical diversity. Popular with walkers, birdwatchers, climbers and potholers. it contains both the Sierra de Grazalema - reputedly one of the wettest regions in Spain - and the Sierra de las Nieves. The central town of Ronda is the administrative headquarters, perched on a high plateau, with numerous small, "pueblos blancos" or white villages dotted around the surrounding countryside.

There are limestone escarpments, cork forests and fields of wheat and sunflowers. Numerous small rivers cross the landscape. The climate is generally dry and hot in summer, with mild spring and autumn seasons. Winters can be very cold, particularly at night, and snow is not uncommon at the higher altitudes. Cloudless days in winter can be warm and bright and the light is considered to be good for photography and painting.

Ornithologists value this area as a major migration route and some rare species can be seen.

Municipalities[edit]

Looking from a park in Ronda to the countryside below.

According to the Provincial Deputation of Málaga, the comarca consists of the following municipalities:

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The Andalusian Autonomous Government adds the municipalities of Cuevas del Becerro and El Burgo to this list.[3]

Statistics[edit]

Naturally, the basic statistics are slightly different, depending on whether or not Cuevas del Becerro and El Burgo are counted as part of the comarca.

  Population Surface area Population density
Provincial Deputation definition 54,547 1,256 km² 42.08 / km²
Autonomous Government definition 58,443 1,389 km² 42.08 / km²

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Notes[edit]

This article incorporates information from the revision as of 2009-12-21 of the equivalent article on the Spanish Wikipedia.
  1. ^ Tít. III. Art. 97. Comarcas – Estatuto de Autonomía de Andalucía 2007: "1. La comarca se configura como la agrupación voluntaria de municipios limítrofes con características geográficas, económicas, sociales e históricas afines. 2. Por ley del Parlamento de Andalucía podrá regularse la creación de comarcas, que establecerá, también, sus competencias. Se requerirá en todo caso el acuerdo de los Ayuntamientos afectados y la aprobación del Consejo de Gobierno."
  2. ^ Serranía de Ronda, Diputación de Málaga. Accessed online 2009-12-21.
  3. ^ ORDEN de 14 de marzo de 2003, por la que se aprueba el mapa de comarcas de Andalucía a efectos de la planificación de la oferta turística y deportiva, BOJA, 2003/59, 2003-03-27. Accessed online 2009-12-21.
  4. ^ Based on 2006 numbers from the Instituto de Estadistica de Andalucía (IEA)

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Coordinates: 36°37′26″N 5°13′28″W / 36.62389°N 5.22444°W / 36.62389; -5.22444