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Going to Ronda, Spain
Where to eat: Parador de Ronda, www.parador.es/en/parador-de-ronda/restaurant. Traditional Andalusian specialties. Full meals about $75.
Ronda Bullring: Calle Virgen de la Paz, 15; 011-34-952-87-4132; www.rmcr.org. Among the oldest bullrings in Spain, open daily from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. November-February; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March and October; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April-September. Tour the ring and museum for $7.90.
WHERE TO STAY
Finca Ronda, Villa Adora, 800-726-6702; rentvillas.com. Three-bedroom villa with a pool and covered patio. From $1,600 per week.
Parador de Ronda, Plaza de Espana, 011-34-952-87-7500; www.parador.es/en/parador-de-ronda. Historic four-star hotel overlooking a spectacular gorge in the center of town. From $196 per night.
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