Orson Welles in Ronda

Orson Welles in Ronda.  “A man does not belong to the place he was born in, but to the place he chooses to die.”

Orson Welles in Ronda

Orson Welles, the celebrated American actor, director, writer, and producer, had a deep connection with Ronda, a beautiful town located in the province of Malaga, Spain. Welles first visited Ronda in the 1950s while filming the movie “The Lady from Shanghai” and was captivated by the town’s stunning landscapes and historic architecture. He later bought a house there and spent much of his time in Ronda during the 1960s and 1970s.

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During his time in Ronda, Welles became a fixture in the local community, often entertaining guests at his home and spending time with friends in the town’s bars and restaurants. He was particularly fond of the Alameda del Tajo, a park that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

Welles also made several films in and around Ronda, including the unfinished “Don Quixote” and the documentary “The Spanish Earth.” In addition to his film work, he was known for his love of bullfighting and frequently attended matches in the town’s historic bullring, the Plaza de Toros.

Today, Ronda pays tribute to Welles’ legacy with the Orson Welles Trail, a self-guided tour that takes visitors to some of the locations he frequented during his time in the town. The trail includes stops at Welles’ former home, the Plaza de Toros, and the Alameda del Tajo, among others.

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