Enjoy walking in the beautiful local countryside
If you like to walk, then this is the area for you. The Grazalema natural park is just a short drive away but there are some attractive walks to do in nearby El Gastor too. The two peaks seen from the villa can be reached on foot and the views are incredible!
Explore Olvera, as seen from the balcony
As you sip your morning coffee and enjoy the views to Olvera in the distance you are bound to want to go and explore it. Olvera is a pretty, unspoilt white hillside town with a castle and large church towering above the houses.
Enjoy the local tipple!
The nearby city of Jerez is home to a whole host of sherry companies. Many of the bodegas offer daily tours, such as Tio Pepe. After the tour, there'll be the opportunity to relax at the long tables and sample all of the different Sherry varieties. Combine your day out with a visit to the city centre or the famous Ecuestrian Horse Show.
Go sightseeing in Seville
There is plenty to see and do in this vibrant, colourful city. Make life easier by driving to the outskirts and catching the metro in the centre, there is free parking. The Cathedral, Giralda Tower, Real Alcazar Palace and the Plaza España are just a few of the interesting places to see. Take a bus or river boat tour, hire a bicycle or horse and carriage or simply explore on foot, there are many ways to take in the sights.
Bring your binoculars!
The view from the terrace area of El Tajaral is delightful with the peaks of El Algarín and Las Grajas set before you. Bird watchers will not be disappointed, there are large groups of Griffon Vultures to be seen all day long.
Join the locals in the village square
El Gastor is a friendly village and life rotates around the small square where you can sit at a local cafe and watch the world go by. No one is in a hurry here, you'll soon find you relax into the slower pace of life!
Climb to the top of the Castle in Zahara de la Sierra
A picturesque nearby village is Zahara de La Sierra. It's a steep walk up to the medieval castle perched high above the rooftops - but well worth the effort for the fabulous views over the lake, the terracota roof tiles below and the mountains far beyond. Zahara is a small, but lively mountain village with a welcoming square to sit and have a drink to cool off!
You can't miss Ronda!
The historic town of Ronda is a short drive away and is one of the most beautiful towns in all of Spain. Its impressive gorge and famous bridge are not to be missed. A stroll through the old town feels like you have turned the clock back in time. The third most visited place in Andalucia, Ronda has something for everyone.
Just take it easy!
With a refreshing pool to enjoy, you'll find it difficult to tear yourself away! The terrace is quite a sun trap, so sip a drink, have a snooze or just marvel at the stunning views!
Discover the "Pueblos Blancos"
Dotted around the mountains are many wonderful white washed villages to explore. A firm favourite with many guests is Grazalema, nestled in the heart of the National Park, the Sierra de Grazalema. Just the wonderful drive there is worth it! It has an excellent choice of cafes and restaurants. You can easily spend the afternoon browsing the array of gift shops selling local produce such as hand woven wool shawls and blankets, pottery, cheese, cakes, wine and leather goods.
Enjoy the Lake
Close by is the lake of El Gastor - Zahara. You can hire kayaks and explore the waters. In the hotter summer months there is also "La Playita", a lagoon of fresh spring waters with grassed areas and trees for shade, life guards and bar.
The Spanish love a party!
and they know how to do it well! The first weekend in August sees the "Feria" in El Gastor and there is plenty of socialising, flamenco singing, dancing, horses, bulls and fun and games to enjoy. During the first week in October locals pay homage to their Patron Saint the "Virgen del Rosario". There are colourful processions, a super atmosphere and it's a chance to see the true Andalusian spirit.
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