There are plenty of travel destinations around the world, from the canals of Venice to the Great Wall of China, and some of them live up to their hype more than others.
But popularity doesn’t always entail value, and while the world may be smaller than ever before, there still exist plenty of stunning places that are well off the beaten path.
Below is a list of seven of the most beautiful places on Earth that have somehow managed to remain under the radar of most tourists’ itineraries.
1. La Ronda, Spain
Located in the south of Spain, La Ronda often gets overlooked by travelers on their way to the more popular nearby sites of Granada and the beaches of Malaga.
One of the oldest cities in Spain, having been founded in the 6th century BC, La Ronda has been home to Celts, Romans, Moors, Visigoths, and Christians during its long history.
While the history of this town alone would be enough to make it a highlight of any Spanish vacation, the town’s location, perched high above a precarious gorge, is what truly makes it stand out.
The jewel in La Ronda’s crown is the stunning Puente Nuevo, a bridge that spans the Tajo Canyon, a gorge of over 300 feet and connects the older section of the town to the newer suburbs. Built in 1793 century, the bridge is equivalent in height to a 30-storey building, and views of the structure from the canyon below are bound to leave any visitor speechless.
La Ronda’s other claims to fame include Spain’s oldest bullfighting ring. Known as the birthplace of bullfighting, La Ronda’s bullfighting ring is a museum where you can learn all about the history of bullfighting. It is still used for bullfights once a year during Feria Goyesca.
The town has also served as inspiration for some of the greatest writers, poets, and artists, including Ernest Hemingway, Rainer Maria Rilke, as well as the legendary actor and film producer Orson Welles. Two years after his death, Welles ashes were brought to Spain by his daughter, Beatrice, and placed in a dry well at the La Ronda home of bullfighter Antonio Ordonez.
La Ronda is a beautiful ancient city, full of history, culture, and archaic architecture. A visit to this one time hub of bygone society is sure to create wonderful memories of your vacation.