In the south of the region of the Serrania de Ronda, and in the foothills of the Sierra del Hacho, Gaucin is known for its beautiful views as the ‘Balcony of the Serrania’. From this white town, you can contemplate the Sierra Crestellina, the Genal valley and the Mediterranean. And its Castillo del Aguila has been one of the strategic points of defence along the centuries, from Roman times to the French invasion or the Carlist Wars by the Spanish throne.
History, its natural environment and its white houses adorned with railings and balconies, the work of craftsmen of forge and forging, are some of the reasons why Gaucin conquer you.
1. IN GAUCÍN YOU CANNOT MISS
The main monument of Gaucin is the Castillo del Aguila, visible from almost anywhere in the town. This fortification was built by the Romans, later occupied by the Visigoths and finally reinforced by the Arabs. During the Carlist Wars (civil strife for the throne of Spain that took place in the XIX century) was used as a military fortress, but an explosion in 1848 destroyed most of it. It consists of three walled enclosures that preserve several towers, three wells, an underground escape passage and the chapel of the Holy Child. This chapel dates back from the XVII century and in its interior, a polychrome image of San Juan de Dios is found.
In the complex of the Castillo del Aguila is the Museum of the Canyon, where a tour of the role of Gaucin in the war against the French troops of Napoleon is made.
To know the traditions and tasks of rural life of the Serrania de Ronda, you must visit the Ethnographic Museum of Gaucin. This centre exhibits an extensive catalogue of instruments and ancient tools.
In the Cañamaque street, you will find the parish church of San Sebastian, built in 1505 on a mosque. Although it is of baroque style, its facade and bell tower have a renaissance air due to a major reshuffle in the XVII century.
It also highlights the Convent of the Carmelites Descalzas, which is situated on the old chapel of Veracruz. Built in the early XVIII century, the convent was abandoned in 1835 and is now used as headquarters of the Cultural House of Gaucin.
In the central square of Gaucin you’ll find the Fountain of the Six Spouts. Built in 1628 and of baroque style, it has six carved stone faces emerging from two separate water jets.
- Inhabitants (1,001-2,500)
- Inland area