Stand on Puente Nuevo and enjoy the magnificent vistas that span out from the bridge in all directions. Marvel at the architecture of this 18th-century manmade landmark, which connects Ronda’s old and new quarters and spans El Tajo Gorge. Gaze at the surrounding Andalusian countryside and watch as birds glide above an imposing canyon.
Completed in 1793 after 42 years of construction, Puente Nuevo was built to allow traffic to travel freely between the Moorish-era La Ciudad and modern El Mercadillo district. Admire the triple-arched bridge, which stands 322 feet (98 meters) tall and 217 feet (66 meters) long.
Position yourself on either side of the bridge and peer down the sheer cliffs of El Tajo Gorge. At its deepest point, the gorge falls away to 394 feet (120 meters) below the bridge. Look east to see the peaks of the Sierra de las Nieves mountains and west to spot the Sierra de Grazalema range. Patchwork fields provide a scenic backdrop to the mountainous landscape.
Take a moment to appreciate the craftsmanship demonstrated by the bridge’s architects. Note how the arches are built into the cliff faces. Walk down into the gorge itself to get a full view of the front of the bridge. Trails lead from the western edge of La Ciudad and along the riverbanks. Watch as birds, such as choughs and warblers, fly above the gorge and around the Río Guadalevín.
Reach Puente Nuevo easily on foot from all areas of Ronda. It is a popular starting point for exploring the town. Walk north into El Mercadillo and visit Plaza de España, Plaza de Toros bullring and La Bola shopping district. Stroll south to the charming Moorish-era La Ciudad, home to landmarks such as the Church of Santa Maria la Mayor and Puerta de Almocábar. Browse historical artifacts at Plaza Mondragón and curious paraphernalia at Museo Lara.