About the white village of Gaucín, Andalucia, Southern SpainGaucin is one of the most spectacularly beautiful mountain villages of Andalucia. The location is astounding: white houses ranged along a lofty ridge framed by craggy peaks, vultures and eagles wheeling overhead surrounded by miles of sun dried hills.
To the north, a back drop of the weathered limestone formations of the Serrania de Ronda, and to the south sweeping views across the Rio Genal valley to Gibraltar and across the Straights into the Rif Mountains of North Africa.
The village was once a centre for brandy and tobacco smuggling bandaleros, but these days the centre of the village with its pretty tangle of narrow twisting streets and whitewashed houses is the inspiration for a sizable artistic community and a combination of traditional Andaluz and modern amenities with plenty of bars and restaurants.
For anyone interested in botany, bird life, hiking and riding there is plenty to discover in the area with several National Parks nearby including "Los Alcornocales" the largest, oldest and greatest cork forest in Europe, is on the doorstep. See the Andalucia.com Natural Parks page for more information.
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There is lots to see in surrounding areas: Sevilla, the vibrant capital of Andalucia, is a couple of hours drive away. Ronda, Hemingway’s favourite Spanish town, is just 45 minutes on a beautiful road across the mountains. Granada and "La Alhambra": 3 hours. Jerez, famous for its sherry, horses as well as Flamenco music and dance: 2 hours. A day trip to Tangier in Morocco is also possible, taking a fast boat from Tarifa. Costa Del Sol: 35mins. Costa de la Luz: 1 hour. See the Andalucia.com Destinations page for more information.