The Jardines de Cuenca is a winding staircase from Puente Viejo to the top of El Mercadillo (the Little Market or New Town). Based on the 328 foot height of El Tajo, this sound strenuous. To the contrary. It is delightful! After each handful of steps you arrive at another walled terrace offering incredible views of the gorge, valley and the Río Guadalevín plus landmarks such as the Casa del Rey Moro and Puente Nuevo. You are surrounded by flower beds, palms, cyprus, succulents and evergreen trees. The Cuenca Gardens were built in 1975 and named after Ronda’s sister city.