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29400 Ronda, Málaga, Spain

Romantic Ronda in Málaga

Lovely little city Ronda is perched over the Tajo gorge, and still bathed in Islamic and Christian heritage. The homes of this mountain town are tucked into terraced cliffs, on narrow streets, surrounded by massive fortress walls, opened at two ancient gates: the Islamic Puerta de Almocábar, which in the 13th century was the main gateway to the castle and the 16th-century Puerta de Carlos V. For Hemingway fans, it is said that the famous scene in For Whom the Bell Tolls, where Fascist sympathizers were thrown from a cliff, was modeled after real events in Ronda during the Spanish Civil War. Pictured here is Peunte Neuvo, the bridge separating the old and new towns, straddling the gorge and Río Guadalevín.