Enjoy some local walks
If you like walking, then this is the area for you. The famous Grazalema Natural Park is a just short drive away but nearby Gastor has its own attractions for walkers. The two peaks above El Dolmen de Alaju can be easily reached on foot and the views from there are incredible.
La Pileta Caves
Situated just beyond the village of Benaoján, two guides take candlelit tours of up to 25 people in each group to see the impressive Pileta cave which is well known for its pre-historic cave paintings.
El Gastor, just five minutes drive away.
Wander around this friendly village, with its white-washed walls and wrought iron balconies with cascades of colourful geraniums. Try some tapas in one of the bars, mixing with the locals in the small square is a great way to relax and you'll soon feel at home here. The village has a bakery, small supermarket, butchers and a fishmonger so you will find all you need
Be King of the Castle
The pretty nearby village, Zahara de la Sierra can be seen from the terrace at El Dolmen de Alaju. It's a steep walk up to the medieval castle perched high above the village on the rock - but well worth the effort to enjoy fabulous views over the lake, the terracotta roof tops below and the mountains far beyond. This small but lively village has a welcoming square, perfect to sit down on its many terraces and sip a cool drink and just watch the world go by.
Ronda "City of Dreams"
The beautiful, historic town of Ronda, with its impressive gorge, is only a 30-minute drive away. Take refreshment at a café table in one of the lively squares, marvel at the amazing views from the famous bridge, stroll through the cobbled streets of the old town, or sit back and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride around the many places of interest. The third most visited place in Andalucía, Ronda has something for everyone and is one of Spain's most beautiful towns.
Join in the fun!
The Spanish love a party and know how to do it well! The first weekend of August is the Feria in El Gastor, with plenty of socialising, flamenco singing and dancing, horses, bulls and games to enjoy. In the first week of October the locals also pay homage to their Patron Saint, "Virgen del Rosario", celebrating with colourful processions. It's a lovely experience and a chance to see the true Andalusian spirit.
A firm favourite with many guests is a visit to the mountain village of Grazalema. Just the wonderful drive there is enjoyable. It has an excellent choice of places to eat, at very reasonable prices. You can easily spend an afternoon wandering around the array of gift shops selling local hand made products. Hand woven wool shawls and blankets, pottery and ceramics, cheese, cakes and leather goods can all be found here.
Enjoy a special meal
Set beside the shimmering waters of the lake in nearby Zahara, there is a popular restaurant serving delicious seasonal produce. Particularly pleasant on a warm summers evening, watching the sunset over the mountains is very romantic!
Sight seeing 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.
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 Equestrian Horse Show
One of the oldest cities. Bursting with museums, churches including the famous Cathedral, palm lined boulevards, squares, quirky shops, traditional tapas bars and other wonderful buildings.
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