Ronda is one of the most interesting places I have ever visited. Modern bullfighting was born here and a tour of the bullring, built in 1784, is a must. Forget the sprawling new town of concrete and glass that has grown up around the old town, and head instead for the beautiful old town and the three bridges that span the famous El Tajo canyon.
Both Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway were fans too. Although set in a fictional village, the execution of Nationalist sympathisers in Hemingway’s ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ was allegedly based on killings that took place in Ronda. Orson Welles loved the place so much that his ashes are buried in a well, on land owned by his friend the retired bullfighter, Antonio Ordonez.
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Background to ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ and Hemingway
‘A man is not from where he is born, but where he chooses to die.’ Orson Welles