See the Ronda gorge

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About an hour and half from Malaga is the incredible town of Ronda.

The town is situated in a mountainous area about 750 m above  sea level. The Guadalevín River runs through the city, dividing it in two and carving out the steep El Tajo canyon on which the city precariously perches.

Hemingway’s novel For Whom the Bell Tolls describes the execution of Nationalist sympathizers early in the Spanish Civil War.

The Republicans murder the Nationalists by throwing them from cliffs in an Andalusian village, and Hemingway allegedly based the account on killings that took place in Ronda at the cliffs of El Tajo.

The main tourist draw is the 18th century Puente Nuevo ‘new’ bridge. It straddles the 100m chasm below and offers unparalleled views out over the Serranía de Ronda mountains.

The architect was Jose Martin de Aldehuela and the chief builder was Juan Antonio Díaz Machuca.

The bridge was started in 1751 and took an epic 42 years to build. Sadly fifty workers were killed during its construction.

The bridge is truly awe inspiring when looking up at it from the ravine basin. If you look closely there is a chamber beneath the central arch that was used for a variety of purposes, including as a prison.

During the 1936-1939 civil war  both sides allegedly used the prison as a torture chamber for captured opponents, killing some by throwing them from the windows to the rocks at the bottom of the El Tajo gorge

See the epic scale of the gorge here

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