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  • Nick and Dariece | January 25, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    Top 5 Must-See Sights in Ronda, Spain

    Top 5 Must-See Sights in Ronda, Spain

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    When planning a trip to the south of Spain, holidaymakers often choose to put down their roots in one main city, and then go on day trips from there. Ronda is one such destination — there is enough here to keep you occupied for a whole day, so make sure you leave early in the morning and plan to return after suppertime.

    Renting a car is the best way to explore the southern, autonomous region of Andalusia. From the popular Costa del Sol town of Marbella, it's a short, 40-mile journey to Ronda and from the town of Estepona, it is a 45-mile ride. Malaga and Seville aren't as nearby, but from those towns it is still possible to visit Ronda for the day, without feeling too rushed. Of the many things to do in this small town, these are our top five picks:

    The Puente Nuevo (the New Bridge)

    The Puente Nuevo is definitely the top landmark in Ronda, and for good reason. This has to be the most beautiful bridge we've ever seen. Towering 400 feet above the canyon floor, and connecting the old Moorish part of the city with the newer El Mercadillo, this is one incredible piece of architecture. Building started in 1751 and took 42 years to complete!

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    Taking photos of this massive bridge and walking across it is one thing, but to really get a unique view, make sure to hike down the Camino de los Molinos pathway which takes you right into the gorge, and out into the valley. The views looking back at the incredible structure are breathtaking.

    READ MORE: Explore the city of Ronda, Spain

    Water Mine Under the Casa del Rey Moro

    This incredible palace and mine dates back to the Moorish era and is a must-see on your trip to Ronda. The water mines were created to protect the water source for fighters and the people of Ronda during war. This was a time when the Christians were fighting with the Moors for control of the city. Arriving at the mines, you'll first pass through the Moorish King's gardens, which are beautifully manicured. In order to get to the water mines, you'll need to descend down 231 rock-cut steps! The trek is worth it though to see the incredible Islamic architecture, rock archways and the water down below.

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    This site is not only beautiful, but historical as well. In 1485, even though this fortress seemed to be impenetrable, the Christians found a way up the steps and eventually took the palace.

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    Plaza del Toros (the Bull Ring)

    Whether you are for or against bullfighting, it's commonplace in Spain and a big part of the country's culture. If you aren't interested in watching an actual bullfighting match, it's still worth a visit when there aren't any events happening, so that you can see the inside of the amazing ring. The bull ring here in Ronda was constructed in the 1700s, has a diameter of 217 feet and can hold up to 5,000 spectators. Plus, it's the oldest in Spain!

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    One of the most enchanting aspects of Ronda is that the town is set on a cliff. As you can imagine, the views are stunning. Along the cliff's edge, leading towards the Puente Nuevo is a walkway with lovely scenery all along the way. The viewpoints of Mirador de Aldehuela and Balcon del Cono are by far the most popular spots for taking it all in. Strolling along this cliffside town is a must-do, even if you don't have an end destination in mind. Just wander along aimlessly and enjoy the views of the mountains out in the distance.

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    Duquesa de Parcent Square

    This square is thought to be the most picturesque in all of town. Here is where you'll see much more of the colonial, Spanish influence, mixed with Moorish design. The most notable building here is the lovely cathedral church of Santa Maria La Mayor, which was originally an Arab mosque. Other notable sites are the Casa de Mondragon, Museo Lara and nearby Alcazar ruins. There are many benches and places to sit, making this plaza a great spot to take a break from walking around Ronda.

    Have you ever been to Ronda? Which sites would you add to this list?

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Nick and Dariece Notes from the Goats

Nick and Dariece Nick and Dariece are the couple behind Goats On The Road, a website designed to inspire others to live a financially sustainable, location independent lifestyle. Masters at making money abroad and turning their travels into a way of life, they've been on the road since 2008 and have explored some of the least visited places on earth, finding adventure wherever they go. They are also full time contributors at Credit Walk where they share their expertise of making money and travelling forever. Check them out at Goats On The and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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