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Attractions: The backdrop to Take A Bow, one of Mad’s most iconic, sexiest and awarded music videos, Ronda is the Spanish town near Malaga where bullfighting still reigns supreme. Armani designed a sequined bullfighting costume, called a goyesco, for a bullfight here.
If you don’t approve of this bloodthirsty sport, instead, retrace Madonna’s steps, tapas included, around the white-washed, cobbled streets complete with huge arch bridges and gorgeous waterfall drops. It’s all just a train trip away from Madrid, too.
Distractions: Throughout summer, busloads of tourists on high-rotation package tours come and go constantly. Resist the urge to beat them with their own selfie sticks. Best bet is to saunter centro villa with a café con leche and churros for breakfast, or sweep in at sunset when the resplendent Ronda remnants are at their most opulent and Instagram-able.
For lovers of quixotic Madonna videos, Hemingway novels and hidden Spanish treasures.
Romance Factor: While strolling hand-in-hand with your husband in the exquisite Andalusian mountain town you’ll understood why even hell-raising writer Ernest Hemingway proclaimed Ronda “the place to go if you are planning to travel to Spain for a honeymoon”. He should know – he had four of them during his lifetime.
Gay or nay? Spain is debatably the most gay-friendly country in Europe; see Barcelona, Madrid and Sitges as evidence. Why not rendezvous in Ronda for some quite couple time before going the hard yards at Madrid Pride? Otherwise, you could gently recuperate here post-Barcelona Circuit Festival/wedding. Madonna would approve.
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