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Rustic Blue Holiday Guide to Gaucin

One of the classic Andalusian pueblos blancos, Gaucín is a beautiful white village perched on the crest of the Sierra del Hacho …

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The village with its castle ruins high above Calle Cañamaque A winter's day in Gaucín! The fortress remnants of Castillo del Aguila (Eagles Castle) Village rooftops Calle José Antonio The craggy outcrop of the Crestellina Ridge rises up on one side of the horizon
Gaucin
Population

1,790

Altitude

626 metres

Distance from Málaga

153 kilometres

Distance from the Coast

29 kilometres

Patron Saint

Virgen de las Nieves

Fiesta Dates

Toro de Cuerda, Easter Sunday

Feria de Gaucín, 4th to 7th August

Climate

Not far from the sea, the climate here is a little milder in winter / spring and a little cooler in summer than other parts of the Ronda Mountains. Frosts are rare (it has snowed only twice here in the last 100 years).

Approx. 300 days of sunshine each year, low humidity and daytime summer temperatures usually around 30ºC

Description

Across the sea and far away

Views are sensational, down to the Mediterranean Sea, the Rock of Gibraltar and across to the Rif Mountains of Morocco beyond.

One of the classic Andalusian pueblos blancos, Gaucín is a beautiful white village perched on the crest of the Sierra del Hacho.

Overlooking the valley of the Rio Genal below, it has a splendid vantage point and the views are simply sensational, down to the Mediterranean Sea, the Rock of Gibraltar and across to the Rif Mountains of Morocco beyond.

All around are the mountains of the Serranía de Ronda which provides brilliant brush strokes of colour: red poppies, yellow mimosa and wild orchids are tempered by the cool green of olive groves and an occasional splash of pale pink almond blossom.

Due to its key strategic position it was once a major Roman settlement and its magnificent castle, Castillo del Aguila (Eagles Castle) dates from this era, although the fortress remnants seen today were built by the Arabs in the 13th Century.

Twisty streets and alleyways

The pretty streets are lined with immaculately white-washed houses, their traditional wrought iron balconies ablaze with brightly coloured blooms.

As one would expect from the name, it is not unusual to see eagles circling the towers here, while kestrels regularly nest in the walls of the mediaeval convent.

The centre of the village is a tangle of narrow, twisting streets, once a haven for brandy and tobacco smugglers who travelled through the surrounding hills. Until fairly recently, most houses had no running water and a light bulb would have been considered a luxury - a far cry from the refurbished houses of today which boast every mod-con.

Now the pretty streets are lined with immaculately white-washed houses, their traditional wrought iron balconies ablaze with brightly coloured blooms.

Its steep winding streets, hidden alleyways and spectacular views have long been an inspiration for painters and photographers and the village has a sizeable artistic community.

Jasmine-scented air

A relaxed, village lifestyle and the unspoiled beauty of a mountain hideaway just 30 minutes inland from the beaches of the Costa del Sol.

In recent years the village has become very popular with northern Europeans, attracted by the relaxed lifestyle and the unspoiled beauty of this mountain hideaway which, at the same time, is only 30 minutes drive away from the beaches and nightlife of the Costa del Sol.

The village now has several excellent restaurants serving international cuisine as well as local dishes and tapas. There is a choice of lively bars and bodegas to visit, too, including two late night music bars and a flamenco bar. Note, however, that some of these establishments close during the quieter, winter months.

Surrounded by olive and almond groves, the countryside all around is ideal for walkers, birdwatchers and nature lovers. On the major migratory route from Europe to Africa, many rare species can be seen including eagles, falcons, buzzards, vultures, golden oriels, finches, and bee-eaters. Guided walks are available for those who prefer to explore on foot and there are riding stables near the village.

A Roman road leads down to the Rio Genal, which flows through the valley far below, its banks lined by oleanders. You can swim or fish here in the deep pools of the river, listed as the cleanest in Europe.

Unspoiled beauty

Footpaths crisscross the hillsides and you can walk for hours with only bee-eaters and golden orioles for company.

In the spring months orchids, lupins, peonies and gladioli grow wild along the roadside, in winter you will find narcissi, iris and scilla; the blossom of almond, orange and lemon gives the countryside a wonderful fragrance.

Footpaths crisscross the hillsides and you can walk for hours with only bee-eaters and golden orioles for company.

Los Alcornocales National Park, which also borders Gaucín, is the largest, oldest and greatest forest in Europe, the remains of a forest that once covered the whole of Spain (before they began cutting it down in the 16th century to provide wood for the sailing ships). A verdant paradise of dramatic hillsides, huge leafy trees hanging high overhead; cork oak forests and limestone peaks stretching wide across the horizon. It's heaven-made for great walking.

Gaucín, by the way, has a municipal swimming pool, open in July and August, and a tennis court too.

Fiesta time

In common with most Andalusian towns and villages, the people of Gaucín like to party - feasting, drinking and dancing until dawn.

In common with most Andalusian towns and villages, the people of Gaucín like to party! Carnival is celebrated here, soon followed by Semana Santa (Easter Week) which sees a succession of solemn, yet quite magnificent, processions through the village streets.

On Easter Sunday two bulls (one at 10 am and one at 4 pm), are let loose to run through the town, chased by the valiant and foolhardy! This is the Toro de Cuerda and involves much feasting, drinking and hilarity. Corpus Christi (the Catholic feast celebrating the presence of the body of Christ in the holy water) is held in June.

The annual fair (La Feria de Gaucín) takes place between 4th and 7th August. Once the ancient livestock fair, the event is now in honour of the patron saint, Virgen de las Nieves (Our Lady of the Snows). Children's entertainment's and music by both local and national groups are featured, along with the regulation feasting, drinking and dancing until dawn (or later!).

A haven in the hills

"I was promised a lovely setting, sleepy streets, fantastic views, a few bars and a handful of restaurants. Sounds like my kind of town … and so it is".

Apart from the attractions of the Castillo el Alguila and its splendid 360º vistas of the Serranía de Ronda and the Campo de Gibraltar, other places in the village to visit include the Iglesia de San Sebastian, built after the reconquest on the site of the mosque which had, in turn, been built on the site of an earlier visigoth church. During the Civil War the church was sacked and the organ thrown into the street and destroyed. The bell tower still dominates the village skyline.

There's lots to see in surrounding areas, and no shortage of great day trips to enjoy. Sevilla, the vibrant capital of Andalucía, is only a couple of hours’ drive away. Hemingway’s favourite Spanish town, Ronda is 45 minutes from here on a fabulously beautiful road across the mountains. Granada with its world famous Moorish palace, “La Alhambra”, will take three hours.

The magnificent beaches of the Costa de la Luz on the Atlantic coast are also within easy driving distance. The charming resort of Tarifa on this coast is a world mecca for windsurfing.

Estepona on the Costa del Sol, a lively resort with a pretty old town and fishing port, is only 45 minutes drive away; Marbella is reachable within the hour.

The Daily Telegraph described Gaucín thus: "I was promised a lovely setting, sleepy streets, a few bars, a handful of restaurants and some fantastic views. Sounds like my kind of town …

… And so it is. Even from afar, the location is astounding, white houses ranged along a lofty ridge, framed by craggy peaks, vultures wheeling overhead and surrounded by miles of sun-drilled hills dotted with carob, cork oak and shimmering fields of wheat. After an immense climb from the valley, we arrive in pretty narrow streets in the heat-stunned silence of mid-afternoon. A few moments and we find a small bar still serving tapas and ice-cold beer on a terrace with majestic views across the wooded hills and parched plains to Gibraltar and North Africa.

Idle strolls, leisurely drinks, al fresco suppers in jasmine-scented air – Gaucín has all these pleasures. A haven in the hills, it's a little piece of perfection".

Holiday villas

Holiday villas in and around Gaucin

  • ZC 88 - Sleeps 4

    In the heart of delightful Gaucín village this spacious, comfortable town house achieves the perfect balance between old and new, traditional and modern. With fabulous views, it all adds up to an attractive home which offers both character and style.

    from 1,170€ to 1,440€

  • ZC 22 - Sleeps 6

    This old farmers cottage in a wonderful setting has been restored with great love and respect for tradition. The result is beautiful. Set deep within a sea of glorious natural splendour, here you will enjoy pastoral bliss, comfort and very real, rustic charm.

    from 830€ to 1,720€

  • ZC 43 - Sleeps 12

    A truly beautiful home of the very highest quality. This magnificent cortijo crowns the top of its eight hectare domain with panoramic views as far as the eye can see. The architecture, Andalucian in style, is perfect for both indoor and outdoor living.

    from 3,960€ to 5,990€

  • ZC 60 - Sleeps 2

    This compellingly romantic hideaway for a couple has bags of rustic charm and a really beautiful, lawned garden hidden away in the trees behind the cottage. A wonderful place to be with your loved one. Utterly charming, it's a perfect honeymoon retreat.

    from 560€ to 1,120€

  • ZC 64 - Sleeps 14+2

    From the moment you walk through the front door you realise this is not a regular holiday home. The understated style and comfort is unbeatable, every detail has been carefully considered. This truly superb villa is set in seven acres of natural parkland with views to the Gibraltar Straits and Africa beyond.

    from 2,680€ to 4,680€

  • ZC 49 - Sleeps 8

    The originality of the property makes it a wonderful place to holiday in; the interior decor is tasteful yet relaxing, the luscious gardens are full of secret corners all with the most spectacular views of the village, surrounding mountains, the Straits of Gibraltar and, on a clear day, Morocco.

    from 2,360€ to 3,340€

  • ZC 94 - Sleeps 8/9

    Enjoy "the good life" in sumptuous, unabashed luxury and very grand style. Exquisite furnishings, a fabulous indoor spa area (with heated pool, jacuzzi and sauna), a beautiful outdoor pool and a variety of lovely terraces are just some of the magnificent delights to enjoy here.

    from 3,150€ to 5,250€

  • ZC 44 - Sleeps 12

    A traditional farmhouse in a magnificent countryside location just outside Gaucín village, it has been transformed into a wonderful country house full of beautiful art, antiques and Moroccan artefacts. If a house can be an adventure, this one is. Both fascinating and fabulous in equal measure.

    from 4,550€ to 6,760€

  • ZC 108 - Sleeps 8 + 1 child

    This villa is ideally located for those wanting to spend some time relaxing by the pool. Gaucín is close enough to enjoy of an evening and there are a plethora of activities and sites in this area of Spain should you wish to adventure further afield.

    from 1,220€ to 2,050€

  • ZC 109 - Sleeps 6 or 10

    The owners built this house with their own young family in mind so as well as being elegant and tasteful, facilities have been provided for a lot of fun as well! Ideally situated for access to town and outings to a vast number of attractions both locally and further afield.

    from 1,760€ to 3,120€

  • ZC 81 - Sleeps 8

    This cheerful, rustic-style country house is perched on a hillside high above the Rio Genal. It's a fabulous vantage point, the panoramic views far, wide and handsome. In this glorious pastoral scene it's all about old-style Andalusian country living.

    from 1,880€ to 3,130€

  • ZC 104 - Sleeps 6 or 8

    Set in its own 2 hector private estate, just 2 kms from Gaucin, this country house boasts lush gardens, a large pool and superb views of the coast and Gibraltar. Step out into this beautiful part of Spain and explore or just stay in and absorb the delights this villa has to offer.

    from 2,140€ to 4,350€

  • ZC 67 - Sleeps 6

    Classic Spanish style is the order of the day here at this stylishly converted farmhouse set deep in the glorious countryside to the west of Gaucín village. Very comfortable and with a delightfully restful ambience it is an enchanting villa.

    from 980€ to 2,140€

  • ZC 14 - Sleeps 4

    Light and spacious, this stunning modern duplex apartment offers comfort, elegance and style ... and views all the way to Africa. Part of a small, quality private development everything has been designed to provide a beautiful living environment.

    910€

  • ZC 115 - Sleeps 6

    The owners of this holiday home love renovating houses and tastefully furnishing them with artefacts from their European travels. The results are always top notch. Decorated to be in keeping with Gaucin's historical past, this centrally located house has a private swimming pool and provision for garage parking.

    from 560€ to 1,060€

  • ZC 99 - Sleeps 8/9

    Secluded and peaceful, comfortable and relaxing, this is country living at its ultimate best. The setting is magical, deep in the majesty and glory of the Serranía de Ronda, 6 kilometres from pretty Gaucín village. The beautifully converted farmhouse does its location proud.

    from 2,420€ to 3,330€

  • ZC 20 - Sleeps 2

    Informal and relaxing, this happy home is the perfect place to enjoy all that's good about living in a rural idyll. Just one kilometre from pretty Gaucín village, here you will wake up to a huge panorama of mountain majesty - it's wonderful. Available in summer months.

    1,500€

  • ZC 37 - Sleeps 10

    This country house is idyllic. Spacious and well appointed inside, its five acres of gardens and grounds are fabulous, a perfect setting for some of the most seductive and peaceful views in Andalucí­a. It epitomizes all that we expect from a perfect Andalusian holiday villa.

    from 3,630€ to 4,380€

  • ZC 31 - Sleeps 4, 8 or 10 + 4 children

    This thoroughly modern and inventively designed villa enjoys one of the most beautiful settings in Andalucí­a. Idyllic and peaceful, away from it all, there's nothing but glorious nature all around. The villa makes the very best of its wonderful location.

    from 1,920€ to 3,920€

  • ZC 25 - Sleeps 4 to 12 + 2 children

    Beautifully secluded and peaceful, combining the very best of traditional and modern styles, this is one of the most comfortable and relaxing villas in all Spain. The icing on the cake is its fabulous location with nothing but glorious nature all around. The 20 m pool isn't bad, either!

    From 2,220€ to 4,990€

  • ZC 24 - Sleeps 2 to 8

    This lovely old country house resides in splendid isolation within its own 90 acres of forest and farmland, one of the most seductive settings imaginable. Once a blacksmith´s forge and dwellings, it´s now as pretty as a picture.

    from 800€ to 2,400€

  • ZC 56 - Sleeps 4

    This sweet, custom-built holiday home is in an enviable position at the top end of the village, situated below the spectacular rocky outcrop with Gaucín's 12th Century Moorish castle high above. The pool is shared with the owner but he only takes an occasional dip.

    from 550€ to 830€

  • ZC 35 - Sleeps 2 or 4

    Full of character, neatly and comfortably decorated, this is one of two stylish houses converted from a 17th century olive mill. Situated in a traffic free street on the edge of the village, it offers comfortable accommodation and terrific views.

    from 450€ to 640€

  • ZC 15 - Sleeps 10

    From this secluded country house, set in its own 17 acres of pasture and ancient olive groves, you are within easy reach of the coast or the traditional inland villages of this region of Spain. Spacious, well equipped and attractively furnished, it's a quality, modern rental home.

    from 2,220€ to 4,980€

  • ZC 78 - Sleeps 2 or 4

    Traditional character, attractive furnishings and good taste are combined to excellent effect in this divine little cottage. Pretty as a picture inside, it also has a lovely courtyard garden at the rear, as well as a roof terrace with fantastic views. It's charming.

    from 445€ to 630€

  • ZC 63 - Sleeps 2 to 6

    This new, top-quality and thoroughly modern apartment has been designed and furnished to provide a beautiful living environment. In the heart of one of the classic villages of Andalucía, it enjoys fabulous, panoramic views over Gibraltar to the Rif Mountains of Morocco.

    from 760€ to 1,150€

  • ZC 61 - Sleeps 4/5

    With spectacular views of the mountains, this spacious, sunny holiday villa is located just outside Gaucín, one of the best loved white villages in Andalucía. It's comfortable and pretty, bright and cheerful, very nicely fitted throughout.

    from 1,110€ to 1,710€

  • ZC 36 - Sleeps 2 to 6

    The location of this traditional townhouse can't be beaten. With everything that this delightful village has to offer within a short walk, as well as stunning views, splash pool and rooftop jacuzzi, it's an ideal holiday home for your stay in Gaucin.

    from 650€ to 1,170€

  • ZC 16 - Sleeps 4/5

    Offering country-style living at its absolute best, this really comfortable family home has charm, joy and rustic beauty in abundance. The pool and its surroundings are absolutely breathtaking. As one client put it, "this is probably the closest place to heaven we've visited".

    from 1,190€ to 2,750€

  • ZC 54 - Sleeps 8 or 14

    This stylish villa has amazing views of the sierras. The lush garden features an impressive pool, cabaña-style summer house and veranda for al fresco dining, all set within a twenty-acre private estate. All-round luxury and modern comfort make this a perfect holiday retreat.

    from 3,750€ to 5,780€

  • ZC 83 - Sleeps 2 or 8

    This superb designer villa combines luxury and comfort with charm and glorious countryside tranquility. That's hard, if not impossible, to beat! Exuding excellent good taste and imaginative style throughout, everything is of the very highest quality.

    from 1,150€ to 2,980€

  • ZC 93 - Sleeps 6

    This cleverly designed villa makes the very best of its wonderful situation, hidden away in leafy seclusion, beautiful mountain woodlands all around, views to the Mediterranean and Africa beyond. A stylish mix of traditional Spanish rustic with a contemporary twist.

    from 1,800€ to 2,980€

  • ZC 62 - Sleeps 2 or 4

    Light and sunny, this corner house in the classic white village of Gaucín enjoys views across some of Andalucìa's most wonderful countryside. Wood beamed ceilings and terracotta floor tiles give its thorough make-over that unmistakable Andaluz ambience.

    from 440€ to 530€

  • ZC 21 - Sleeps 6 or 8

    You will be enchanted by this gorgeous country house, gracefully designed and beautifully furnished - a home of the highest quality, comfort and charm. It looks through the mountains and down to the sea where the peaks of Africa and Europe merge under a deep blue sky.

    from 2,110€ to 3,600€

  • ZC 51 - Sleeps 4 or 6

    In the heart of picturesque Gaucín, this lovely village house is warm and welcoming. Traditional character and charm are delightfully combined with all mod cons to make a real home-from-home. Features include air conditioning in most rooms, central heating, satellite TV, a well appointed kitchen, a heated splash pool …

    from 750€ to 1,200€

  • ZC 77 - Sleeps 2 to 6

    In the heart of lovely Gaucín village, this is a fabulous house, rich in character, charm and style. Two properties imaginatively joined together to make one superb residence, the result is a really creative and attractive home.

    from 590€ to 2,020€

  • ZC 85 - Sleeps 6 or 8

    Wonderful views, the peace and quiet of the countryside, genuine rural charm, this delightful old farmhouse is a real gem! Tastefully refurbished over the years, it provides all the comforts of home yet remains what it has always been, an authentic farmhouse full of rustic joy.

    from 1,760€ to 3,300€

  • ZC 107 - Sleeps 6 + 1

    Set on the outskirts of Gaucín, this pretty little cortijo cottage is perfect for those who want to spend their days relaxing by the pool and be able to walk home after an evening out in the delightful village of Gaucín.

    from 1,090€ to 1,840€

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