Gaucin is a spectacularly beautiful mountain village commanding sweeping views of Gibraltar and the Rif mountains of North Africa. The village is set against the backdrop of the Serrania de Ronda where you can enjoy a brilliant colours; red poppies, yellow mimosa, wild orchids and the pale pink of almond blossom.
The village has a population of around 2000 and is perched 626 metres above sea level. The magnificent castle, Castillo del Aquila (Eagle’s Nest) dates from the Roman era and was later expanded by the Arabs into a fortress. As one would expect from the name, it is not unusual to see eagles circling the towers here, while kestrels nest in the walls of the medieval convent.
The charming village has narrow streets with an abundance of flowers set brilliant against the white walls. The pretty church of San Sebastian (1487) erected on the site of a mosque and the bell tower dominates the town skyline.
Gaucin is an official ‘White’ village and boasts many friendly 'tapas' bars and excellent restaurants as well as an abundance of interesting shops and art galleries.
Gaucin is an ideal place for hiking, birdwatching, painting, photography or just relaxing. Lots of artists have settled in Gaucin and draws inspiration from the magnificent views and surroundings.