A CONTROVERSIAL tourist centre – planned for the site of Ronda’s fabulous Roman ruins of Acinipo – has been turned down.

The Junta has put the brakes on the scheme after an official report insisted that the site was completely off limits for development according to the local area plan (PGOU).

The proposed centre, which was 730 square metres in size, will now have to be planned outside of the 2000-year-old Roman site.

Acinipo – which has one of Europe’s best preserved Roman amphitheatres – was where the Romans first settled near Ronda.

It was once a bustling town at the centre of a thriving wine industry, with much of the wine being exported back to Rome.

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