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Puente Nuevo, a Game of Thrones look-alike bridge over the amazing canyon of El Tajo

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Nalynn Dolan Caine |
Puente Nuevo
Spain   Visiting Spanish province of Málaga

Back in the 1700s, the increasingly overcrowded city of Ronda had grown to the extent that it now perched on two sides of the deep El Tajo canyon.

And so, in the 1730s, plans were made to construct a new bridge across the very top of the canyon, directly linking the two sections of the city and the architects Jose Garcia and Juan Camacho were chosen for the project. The poorly constructed bridge collapsed in 1741, killing 50 people.

The renowned architect Domingo Lois de Monteagudo was brought in to design the new bridge, but one of the top architects from Andalucia, José Martin de Aldehuela, came to finish the project and it was finally completed in 1793 after 34 years of construction uniting the historical and modern parts of the town.

Today one of Spain’s most famous Parador hotels sits adjacent to the bridge offering unforgettable views of the El Tajo gorge.

But some of the best views of the Puento Nuevo spanning the El Tajo gorge can be found by taking a small footpath leading down from the 'Plaza Maria Auxiliadora'.

Or you can take the small tourist bus which operates an hourly service from outside the parador. Passengers are taken not only into the valley to view the bridge, but also through many of the more famous streets of the old town that inspired writers and filmmakers such as Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles.


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