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Ronda, Stunning Mountaintop Pueblo

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Any of the exits from the road circling Ronda will bring you into the centre. If you can't find a parking spot outside the city walls, there is an underground parking area in the heart of the old town. For dining, there are many restaurants, some of which offer views over the gorges which cut through this town. Some are real cliff-hangers, built down the sides of the eroded canyon walls. For sheer elegance, tasty Spanish dishes all served with flair, go to the Parador, located in the heart of Ronda. A sherry aperitif welcomed us to begin our dining experience. The three-course dinner which followed was excellent, and reasonably priced considering the surroundings. From the 1750 bridge, which spans the central gorge; cling to the left side around the Parador, pass the classical guitarist, and breathe in the beauty of the stunning views as you follow the path to the Belvedere. The latter is built out over the chasm for a breathtaking view. In February the almond trees blossomed in pinks and whites. From here, the pathway leads you through a botanical garden and on to the bullfight arena. Hemingway spent time here and recommended that one should see one's first bullfight here in Ronda. Ronda will bring your senses alive.

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