Malaga Province - Gaucin

Gaucin is a spectacularly beautiful mountain village
Gaucin is a spectacularly beautiful mountain village © Michelle Chaplow


Gaucin is a charming whitewashed mountain village, just half an hour's drive from the Costa del Sol.

Gaucin is a spectacularly beautiful mountain village commanding sweeping views to Gibraltar and North Africa. The village is a gateway to the Serranía de Ronda where, depending on the time of year, you can enjoy an impressionist palette of colour: brilliant brush strokes of red poppies, yellow mimosa, purple wild orchids, tempered by the cool green of olive groves and occasional splash of pale pink almond blossom. Indeed, Gaucin is famous for its international artists' community.

The town has a population of less than 2,000, and its narrow medieval streets and tall, narrow houses are sprawled picturesquely over two hills and the adjoining land between them. Perched high above the deep River Genal valley, Gaucin is overlooked by the imposing the Sierra del Hacho mountain. The village is 626m above sea level.

As you would expect from the name, it is not unusual to see eagles circling the towers here, and kestrels nest in the walls of the convent. Gaucin, like many other birding sites in this part of Andalucia, has plaques around the town showing both native and migrating birds which can be seen in the vicinity.


Hotels & Accommodation in Gaucin. More >


Villas in Gaucin. More >


Restaurants in Gaucin. More >

Bull Run

The famous bull run in Gaucin. More >

Insiders Guide

A Guide to walking around Gaucin. More >


Fascinating history of Gaucin. More >

Stroll around village

Here is an itinerary for a pleasant stroll around the village More >

Getting there

Here are some tips on getting to Gaucin by Car, Bus or Train More >

Castillo de Aguilar

Climb to the explore the castle at the top of the village More >

Tourist office

Gaucin has a small tourist office. More >


There are a number of walk in the vicinity of the village - some of these are described Guy Hunter Watt's book, Walking in Andalucia.   

Walking  in AndaluciaThe Walk of Melanie and the Tiger leaves the village by the signed Camino Piedras del Rio near the Castle and cuts across past the Ermita de la Adelfilla, looping round to return up the Roman road known as the 'Camino to Gibraltar'.  Another interesting walk near Gaucin is described in "The Walk of Mr Henderson´s Railway"

Walking in Andalucía is a 260 page full colour guide to some of the very best walks in southern Spain, taking the walker on 34 routes - all starting and most finishing in beautiful villages.

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"Walking the Mountains of Ronda and Grazalema" by Guy Hunter Watts

Cicerone The dramatically situated town of Ronda can make a great base for a walking holiday in the mountains of Andalucía, as can any one of the picturesque 'pueblos blancos' (white villages) that nestle among the surrounding hills. This guidebook presents 32 mainly circular walks in the Ronda region, covering the town and its environs, the Natural Parks of La Sierra de Grazalema and La Sierra de las Nieves (both UNESCO biosphere reserves), and the Genal and Guadiaro Valleys.

Clear route description is illustrated with mapping, and the route summary table and 'at a glance' information boxes make it easy to choose the right walk. There is the option to buy a printed book, an eBook, or both as one deal.
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