The city is bisected by a canyon: the 120 meter deep gorge El Tajo ( “Chopped”) with an associated small river divides the older, Moorish town La Ciudad from the younger El Mercadillo.
There are three bridges this gap, the Puente Nuevo from 1793, Puente Viejo (Puente de la Mina) 1616 and Puente árabe (Puente de San Miguel) from Roman times. Puente Nuevo is beautiful and the view of the gorge is spectacular. This is the main reason why Ronda is a very popular tourist town at all times of the year. Both Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles spent in his time major time periods in this city, which also helps to draw tourists.