Don'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
Enjoy local life!
The nearby village of El Gastor (2km) it a small, pretty white washed "pueblo blanco". The narrow streets and square are a maze of flower potted balconies and patios. The village has all you need, a bakery, butcher, grocery store and an array of friendly bars and cafes to sit and take in the local atmostphere. This unspoilt part of Andalucia is both charming and welcoming. You'll soon relax as find yourselves at home here.
Take a stroll back in time
This area has been settled since prehistoric times and around El Gastor evidence has been found of dolmens, or Megalithic burial grounds. The most famous of these is El Charcón, commonly known as the ‘Tumba del Gigante’. This ‘Giant’s Tomb’ dating from the Bronze Age is formed by three-metre high stone pillars and a nine-metre long passageway. Just a short walk uphill from the village it makes a pleasant ramble with some great views too!
La Alhambra in Granada
A great day trip to do is visit the Alhambra palace in Granada, just over a two-hour drive away. Tickets must be booked well in advance though, so book online before your holiday to avoid being disappointed! www.alhambra-tickets.es
La Pileta Cave
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.
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.
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.
One of the oldest cities in Europe, bursting with museums, churches including the famous Cathedral, palm lined boulevards, squares, quirky shops, traditional tapas bars and other wonderful buildings
Discover 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 El Gastor has its own attractions for walkers. The two peaks behind the village can be easily reached on foot and the views from there are incredible.
Try 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.
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