El Tajo gorge and Puente Nuevo bridge, Ronda, Málaga, Spain
© Jude Newkirk/Amazing Aerial Agenc
Info. Ronda, Spain
Today we’re visiting the mountaintop town of Ronda in the Málaga province of Andalusia, in the south of Spain. First settled by the Celts and later inhabited by the Romans and Moors, this dramatic cliffside setting is split in two by the El Tajo gorge, a rocky drop plummeting 120 metres to the Guadalevín River. There are three bridges that span the gorge, the largest and newest of which features in the centre of our homepage image and is appropriately called Puente Nuevo (New Bridge). Despite its name, the bridge is more than couple of centuries old – it was completed in 1793 and connects the Moorish old town, La Ciudad, with the new town, El Mercadillo.
The Puente Nuevo was completed by Spanish architect José Martín de Aldehuela, who also designed another of the historic town’s famous landmarks – the open-air circular building you can see to the left of the bridge. The Plaza de Toros de Ronda is one of Spain’s oldest bullrings. Built entirely of stone in the 1780s, it’s considered the birthplace of modern bullfighting. It was visited by famous Americans Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles, who were inspired by Ronda’s beauty and bullfighting traditions. They spent many summers here, and Welles’ ashes were scattered in the town at the country estate of his great bullfighting friend, Antonio Ordóñez.