Gaucin

Gaucín is a town and municipality located in the mountains of Andalusia in the province of Malaga in southern Spain. It is inland from Marbella, Puerto Banus and Estepona and not far from Ronda.

The village has a population of approximately 2,000. It lies about 600 metres above sea level in the Sierra del Hacho, dominated by the Castillo del Aguila (Eagle’s Castle), originally a Roman stronghold, expanded by the Arabs.

Is know for its views of Gibraltar, the Strait of Gibraltar and Morocco, as well the surrounding mountain scenery. It can be used as a base for visits to the so-called pueblos blancos of Andalusia. The village is reached by a 24 km climb up a mountain road and presided over a medieval castle. 

Gaucin has been the inspiration of a number of artists and writers and offers visitors to the region a panoramic view to the Mediterranean including the rock of Gibraltar.

 

Palm Sunday includes a procession to the church. A widely attended Easter vigil takes place the night before. Easter Sunday celebrations include the traditional ‘toro de cuerda’, where a bull is released on a cord in the morning and sold in the afternoon. 

A large carnival features chirigotas, costumed groups that sing of current events in a humorous way. A party held on the main square with an orchestra goes on until dawn. 

The feria, which lasts three days, is a celebration of the town itself and is held annually in early August. It is complete with a variety of carnival rides and games booths. The festivities also include a large pavilion where visitors can eat, drink, and watch musicians perform and a procession of horse riders competing for an award for the best presented. 

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