As small Spanish villages go, the Andalucian town of Ronda is hard to beat for a getaway weekend. Ronda is blessed with abundant natural beauty, most famously for its impressive river gorge—El Tajo—separating the 18th-century “new” town from the medieval portion. Spanning the gorge is the striking Puente Nuevo, “New Bridge” built in the 18th century, its name is fitting only in a region with the historical pedigree of Andalucia—which allows visitors to view the rushing waters of the Guadalevín River below. Those wishing additional vantage points for the gorge can walk from the Plaza de España to the new Parador, a footpath winding along the gorge to the Mirador, a formal garden.
Ronda is also the site of Spain’s largest and oldest bullring, where Pedro Romero—the father of modern bullfighting—killed more than 5,000 bulls at the Plaza de Toros. Today it stands more as a monument and museum since few fights are now held here.
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