Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) is one of the three bridges in the beautiful city of Ronda, located in Andalucia. The Guadalevin River flows below it and it’s a sight that will leave you speechless. Puente Nuevo has become the most iconic landmark of Ronda. Even though it is the newest bridge out of the three, it is still quite old and historic as it was built between the years 1759 and 1793. The bridge was built to replace the older one that was in its place but was destroyed in 1740
Despite the bridge’s undeniable beauty, it holds a dark history – a chamber above the bridge served several purposes throughout time, including a prison, which was used as a torture chamber and the victims were later thrown into the gorge. The chamber is accessible and now functions as a museum showcasing the bridge’s history.
The bridge was designed by José Martin de Aldehuela, who dies in 1802 in Málaga of natural causes. However, there is a legend that seems to keep going around that says that he fell from the bridge and died. Others claim he was pushed into the river. Others say that it was suicide as he had completed his masterpiece and had no purpose on Earth anymore. However, all of this is untrue. What is true, though, is that a total of fifty workers died while constructing the bridge.
There are many viewing points on both sides of the bridge. However, the best view is to hike down the hill to the foots of the river. It is quite unforgettable! While the bridge is the reason you go there, you will also be left breathless with the majestic natural views that surround it (see pictures below for a sneak peek).