Puente Nuevo and El Tajo Gorge in Ronda

Puente Nuevo and El Tajo Gorge

Puente Nuevo seen from the Valley
Puente Nuevo and El Tajo Gorge

One of the few cities in the world to be naturally split into two halves.  The city  of Ronda has the Puente Nuevo and El Tajo Gorge! The gorge also served as the most formidable defence Ronda’s enemies have ever tried to attack. Known as “El Tajo”, the gorge was created by constant erosion of the river Guadalevín.

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Visiting the area around the Puente Nuevo and El Tajo Gorge.

The gorge is quite narrow only 68m at it’s widest, but in places very deep and up to 120 metres.  Incredibly photogenic, the Puente Nuevo is one of Spain’s most photographed locations. The rio Guadalevín exits El Tajo into the valley below where it was traditionally used by a number of flour mills to drive their grinding stones. All flour grinding activity ceased in 1917 after a rock slide destroyed the canal supplying the water.

Visiting the Puente Nuevo and El Tajo Gorge in Ronda.

Most people  start their exploration of Ronda on the north side of puente nuevo.  This is the side where the Parador Hotel, the tourist office and the bullring are located.

Built into the gorge (but not really visible from the bridge) is the water mine. A tunnel carved into the rock and which descends 60m with 231 steps down to the river level. It’s an impressive feat of engineering and can be seen by visiting the Moorish King’s House (Casa del Rey Moro) for a tour of the garden and the mine.

The Puente Nuevo spans the El Tajo gorge at its highest point and is a must see destination on any tour of Ronda. The north side of the Puente Nuevo is Plaza de España, which is where the Parador hotel is located. Crossing the bridge to the the south(parador) side will take you to the old town and towards the main museum of Ronda

Pedestrians are able to walk along both sides of the bridge and there are several seating positions built into the protective barrier.

How to visit the museum inside the Puente Nuevo?

To get into the interpretation museum of the Puente Nuevo simply descend the steps on the north side closest to Ronda’s Parador Hotel. There is a charge of 2.50€ per person but the view of the gorge below and the photo opportunity of the hills in the distance taken through the arch of the bridge is well worth it.

Puente Nuevo Interpretation Centre Opening Times
Autumn and Winter
Monday to Friday 10am till 6pm (10:00-18:00)
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 10am till 3pm (10:00-15:00)

Spring and Summer
Monday to Friday 10am till 7pm (10:00-19:00)
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 10am till 3pm (10:00-15:00)

Price of Entry
2.50€ per individual
2€ if part of group larger than 10, a student or retired.
Children under 14 free
registered disabled free

Ronda's Puente Nuevo at NightViewing points for photographing the Puente Nuevo and El Tajo Gorge in Ronda.

Photographing the Puente Nuevo can be a challenge although there are several publicly accessible locations that offer good views. Closest to Plaza de España, walk around the gorge side of the Parador hotel, or from the south side of the bridge, onto the viewing platform next to Santo Domingo.

For a wider view of the entire bridge, the Cuenca gardens on the eastern side are a perfect location in the mornings, whilst in the afternoons, the viewing platform in the garden of the House of Don Bosco (1.50€) gives a very pleasing photo.

It is also possible to descend into the gorge from Plaza Maria Auxiliadora and take a photo of the bridge at the old gate of Albacara.

Hotels with views of the Puente Nuevo include the Parador Hotel, Hotel Montelirio, and the Hotel Don Miguel

New Bridge seen from Parador Hotel