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Just like many of the cities in the region of Andalucia, Ronda glitters with an audacious charm that stems from its imitable allure. Historic majesty compliments a metropolitan melody in its centre, while breath-taking natural landmarks prove magnetising to tourists. The city is unanimously hailed as Malaga’s most alluring destination due to its distinct Arabic influence and delightful dramatic location; the inspiring aesthetic is confirmed by the plethora of Romantic and revered authors who considered Ronda a literary muse, and honoured the grand gorges and exotic structures in their works.
The classic and contemporary districts of Ronda are separated by a rugged gorge known as El Tajo. This arresting vision provides a dramatic backdrop of verdant scenery, tumbling trees and a mountainous perimeter. The Arabic inspired Puente Nuevo bridge connects the distint districts and provides a sophisticated symbol of the town’s astounding architecture.
Bullfighting enthusiasts will also be allured by the social entre of Plaza del Toros, a landmark famed for being Spain’s oldest bullring. A comprehensive collection of related memorabilia further reveals the history of one of Spain’s most important cultural expressions.
Unlike many municipal museums, Museo Lara curator is a private owner who has been collecting curios since he was 10 years old. Now in his seventieth year, Lara Jurado’s antique array includes everything from fabulous fans and ticking clocks to pickled toads and torture apparatus.
A visit to the remarkable region of Andalucía would not be complete without sampling their signature speciality of tapas. A restaurant devoted to the creative creation of tempting tapas is Tragatapas, a perfectly traditional place whose modern décor contrasts with its age old culinary traditions. Rustic black boards announce the daily specialities, which are sure to include sizzling chorizo and crisp potatoes. (Nueva 4, 29400 Ronda, Spain)