Perched and nestled in the Spanish mountains of Andalucía are the humble and unique little Pueblos Blancos, more commonly known as the White Villages of Andalucía. Surrounded by spectacular mountain drives where adventures are endless. The winding roads embrace a mass of cork oak, chestnut, olive and almond trees. Nature reserves scattered with pine forests, wild animals and numerous treks. All these adventures lead to one more exquisite white village.
After a number of years living in Southern Spain, where the Andalucian mountains meet the Southern coast line of Spain, JamPot Villas have breathed in the charm, experienced the local ambience as well as the cuisine, and have appreciated the value of the culture and the history of these mountains. We are eager for you to experience this treasured side of Spain while relaxing in an equally beautiful home. We have personally chosen a blend of very carefully decorated townhouses unique villas and cosy fincas within Gaucin and the surrounding areas. We strive to make your stay desirable, providing a reliable service and encouraging you to experience and explore a traditional and natural side of Spain while staying in one of these inspiring properties.
While some of the white villages remain a secret nest hidden in the mountains, many villages nearer the coast have also become fashionable retreats. Due to the incredible location of this area you will find an abundance of activities and cultural influence while admiring the spectacular views to Africa, running down to the Atlantic coast and along the notorious Costa Del Sol.
The exquisite mountains of Andalucia have powerful walks and treks, both active and relaxing, either way there are paths running through the valleys or on top of the peaks. This is also a popular area for mountain biking, rock climbing and, of course, horseback riding. What better way than to take in this breathtaking and varied countryside on a beautiful Andalucian horse. Or for the more relaxed, gaze at the skies for the Eagles and Vultures gliding through the air. For more information on what Andalucia can offer Click here.
At 626m above sea level and only a 30 minute drive to the coast, Gaucin is perfect for exploring Southern Andalucia. The village is set amongst a striking scenery and its history is fascinating, reflecting its Moorish ancestry. The castle, Castillo De Aguila (Eagle’s Castle), dates back to the Roman Settlement, later being expanded by the Arabs into a fortress. The village is full of inspiration for artists, surrounded by sights and intense colours in the landscape. It also has plenty of shops where you can buy local produce and also larger stores for general shopping. There are many tapas bars offering traditional Spanish food and also restaurants providing a more sophisticated style of dining. There are also local banks, a pharmacy and little treasure shops. All the essential amenities are within the village. Also within reach are a diverse selection of towns to visit, from traditional and cultural cities to high glamour and fast paced coastal areas. All possible within a days trip from Gaucin. Read on to find more information on these areas.
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Pueblos Blancos, Gaucin as well as activities, many villages offer cultural experiences. Nearby Ronda, a museum itself, has kept much of its historic charm together with tradition. Famous for bullfighting, Ronda has the oldest bullring in Spain owned privately by one of the most famous bullfighting families in Andalucia.
You can visit this bullring and learn of the incredible history and tradition of the bullfight. Flamenco is also on show in intimate buildings and various restaurants. The cultural and traditional richness is so wide and diverse and the history so evident in Ronda, the oldest town in Spain. Ronda is certainly worth a visit if you want to appreciate and see the ‘real’ Spain. Ronda is only a 45 minute drive from Gaucin. There is also a train that travels through the ‘Estacion de Gaucin’ and up to Ronda. This dramatic train journey taking you through the mountains of Andalucia and has been filmed on the ‘Great Continental Railway Journey’s’ which extends it’s journey from Madrid to Gibraltar. This is a fabulous way to travel.
Even the smaller villages offer something else including Benarraba where you can see real Spanish mountain life and taste traditional food. Genalgaucil is adorned with sculptures that populate the streets and squares. Nearly one hundred artists have generously participated in making this village an overwhelming experience of creativity. There are many more ‘White Villages’ (Pueblos Blancos) to visit including Arcos De La Frontera, Casares, Jimena, Ubrique and many more.
Sotogrande is a prestigious tourist and residential resort with a distinct feeling of elegance and luxury. The development incorporates a wealth of leisure amenities, perfect if you are seeking a sporting holiday. Golf, sailing, polo, tennis, boating and various water sports can be enjoyed, coupled with spa facilities, excellent beaches, restaurants and the luxurious marina.
Golfers are spoilt for choice in and around Sotogrande, including the famous Valderrama Club, San Roque Club, Almenara, La Reserva and nearby Alcaidesa courses.
Protected by mature grounds, the Santa Maria Polo Club is known to have some of the best pitches in the world. With a perfect location in Sotogrande, Polo is social, sophisticated and an exciting game to watch.
The Sotogrande marina offers entertainment, restaurants, nightlife, bars and cafes. There is always a buzzing life through the summer months and a more quiet and relaxing atmosphere out of season. You can also have a wander and admire the luxury yachts berthing here.
There are many beaches to enjoy in the area, long golden sands and hidden coves. You can also take a more active view and enjoy the sailing and watersports facilities around the resort. There are also well known beach clubs including El Octogono and Trocadero.
Sotogrande has a Mediterranean climate, long summers and mild winters. It lies close to Gibraltar and is well situated to enjoy many other nearby areas, with easy access to Marbella, Tarifa, Cadiz and the Andalucian mountains.
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If you are looking for wild beauty, Tarifa is the most popular town on the Atlantic coast where the wind is an obsession. Kitesurfing and windsurfing, horse riding on the beach, chill out bars, long golden beaches and trendy shops. This is certainly worth a visit, even just to walk along the beach or browse the shops in the Old Town of Tarifa.
Costa Del Sol
The Costa Del Sol, is no more than a 45 minute drive away, where you will find golf clubs, spa retreats, restaurants, nightclubs, water parks and water sports. Marbella, still boasting an impressive mountain backdrop has a reputation for glitz and glamour, a haunt for the rich and famous. In Puerto Banus Ferraris cruise the streets and some of the swankiest yachts can be admired while enjoying the endless bars and restaurants lining the port. Marbella old town takes you away from the millionaires paradise and into the historical side of this town. With parks and gardens, historical monuments and the famous Orange Square, there is a distinct arabic feel. Every traditional cobbled street brings classic tapas bars and boutique shops.
Morocco – A fascinating place to visit, this really does take you to another world and well worth a visit if you are the adventurous type. The fast boat from Tarifa to Tangiers takes 35 minutes, so you can be exploring the local souks in a day’s trip.
Jerez – Spain’s unique sherry wine region (Jerez and Sanlúcar), stop at one or two of the famous bodegas along the way! Here you can also visit the estate of ‘Fuente del Suero’, the cornerstone of Andalucian horse breeding. Jerez de la Frontera is 2 hours from Gaucin.
Cádiz – 2¼ hours away, Cadiz continues to evoke the romance, intrigue and mystery of centuries of trade (some legal, some not so) between Europe, Africa and the Americas.
Sevilla – 2½ hours away. It is impossible not to be captivated by its exuberant atmosphere: stylish, confident, ancient and proud, yet also convivial, intimate and fun-loving. Endless sites to visit and, streets to walk down and cathedrals to see.
Cordoba – With a wealth of history Cordoba is a stunning city. With the mosque cathedral, gardens and museums, city walls and gates there is no end to beautiful sites and places to visit. Cordoba is also known for its cuisine and Arab influence offering plenty of culinary delights. 3 hours from Gaucin.
Granada -2 hours away. Famous for the Alhambra and many more cultural delights. Spain’s ski resort of Sierra Nevada is only 30 minutes from Granada.
National Parks -One of Europe’s most important wetland reserves and bird sanctuaries, the Doñana National Park, is a popular attraction for nature lovers. Its enormous variety of bird species include everything from flamingos to imperial eagles. Nearby National Parks include the fabulous Los Alcornocales Natural Park and the Grazalema National Park, one of the most beautiful tracks of mountain anywhere in Europe. This is approximately 4 hours from Gaucin.
Travelling to Gaucin and the Andalucian Mountains
You can fly into Malaga, approximately 115 km from Gaucin or Gibraltar (a little closer) approximately 58 km . You can even fly to Jerez or Seville. We do recommend hiring a car while you are out here, the journey from either of these airport is not hard at all. You can take in some of the breathtaking scenery on the way to Gaucin and the surrounding villages. If you would prefer not to hire a car during your visit or require any further travel details please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange pick up from the airport or forward you details for your trip ahead.
Tuesday: 2 or 3 (distance of your choice) hour walk with a guide – remember to bring your walking gear i.e. tough shoes and appropriate clothing for the time of year.
As above but with an alternative for Thursday; a Flamenco show in Ronda. The show will be arranged by our guide who will accompany you to Ronda where you view a fabulous intimate show.
We can also offer a combination of the above if you would prefer.
To help make your stay more comfortable and ensure you explore this abundant area, we can also arrange a number of services: –
Home Services: Child Minding | Maid Service | Yoga Classes | Massage | Personal Chef
Mountain Activities: Horse Riding | Art Classes
Coastal Activities: Kitesurfing Classes | Windsurfing Classes | Boat Trips
Plus customised retreats to include raw food menus and any of the activities available in Gaucin and the surrounding areas.
Please do not hesitate to contact JamPot Villas if you would like more information on activities, or any additional services you may require. We are here to help and ensure that you have everything you need during your stay.