Paint, Photograph, Gaze... at the view
La Atalaya has such stunning views over the countryside that you will be bound to want to try to capture them in some way. If you're not artistic, just relax on a sunbed, drink in hand, and commit them to memory...
Enjoy Village Life
The pretty 'pueblo blanco' (white village) of El Gastor is just a few kilometres from La Atalaya and is still very traditional. Live like the locals: visit the small shops, sip a coffee or refreshing drink outside a café and watch the world go by.
Check Out The Cheese!
The tiny village of Villaluenga del Rosario is home to the award-winning Payoyo cheese factory. Pop in to the little shop there and buy some of this delicious produce, which is made from the milk of the Payoya goats. Not going to Villaluenga? There is another factory at Grazalema, so don't miss out!
Head For The Beach
And what beaches! The fabulous Costa de la Luz is about an hour and a half away and is well worth the trip for a day on some of Europe's most magnificent unspoiled beaches.
Sherry and Horses
The lovely city of Jerez is about 45 minutes drive from La Atalaya and is home to the sherry wineries and the Royal Equestrian School. Watch the amazing 'How The Andalucían Horses Dance' show and then pop along for a guided tour of a winery and, of course, the chance to sample the local brew!
See Ronda's Famous Gorge
Standing on the 'Puente Nuevo', (which is actually an old bridge and not new at all) and peering into the dizzying depths of the gorge which divides the town is just one not-to-be-missed experience that Ronda has to offer. It is not far from La Atalaya and is a great place for a day - or evening - trip.
Dine In Style
There are some great restaurants in the Ronda and El Gastor area, to suit all tastes and budgets. Try Al Lago, overlooking the lake at Zahara de la Sierra, Molino del Santo by the cascading river in Estación de Benaoján, Casa Ortega in the bustling Plaza del Socorro in Ronda, El Almocábar in the pretty square in Ronda's San Francisco district, to name just a few.
Wake up, smell the coffee, look at the stunning views over the countryside, and the chances are that you will find it hard to tear yourself away from La Atalaya. So lie on a sunbed, soak up the sun, work your way through a whole pile of books, eat on the terrace of your own private pool, and completely forget the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Watch The Birdie!
The area around El Gastor is famous for its variety of birds, including Griffon Vultures who can often be seen flying overhead. There is also a Vulture Observatory at Zaframagón, on the Vía Verde, where you can watch them going about their birdie business via the hidden cameras close to their nests on the mountain. Fascinating...
Up Hills, Down Valleys
Walkers and cyclists adore the Sierra de Grazalema mountain range; this is a protected Natural Park with simply stunning countryside. Permits are needed for some of the walks, but these can be booked ahead and obtained from some of the local tourist offices.
See Sophisticated Seville
Sevilla is the capital of Andalucía and is a fascinating historic city. It is also stylish, sophisticated and home to some wonderful shops and great restaurants and tapas bars.
Visit The Alhambra
The Alhambra in Granada was built by the Moors and is a real treasure. It's quite a long day trip, but well worth a visit, especially to see the beautiful Nasrid palaces. This is one of Spain's most popular places of interest so you need to book ahead online. Granada city is also a fascinating place to sightsee.
Hire A Kayak
In the summer months, kayaks can be hired on the lake at Zahara. Great fun for all the family!
Corpus Christi Celebrations
Not to be missed in June in El Gastor & Zahara, the village is transformed with grasses and eucalyptus branches. Celebrating Corpus Christi is the most important festival of the year for villagers. Also a great excuse for a bit of a party!
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