, Spain
GAUCÍN: Balcony of the Ronda Mountains where the Holy Child appeared to St. John of God.
The illustrious, always noble, very hospitable village of Gaucín.

caballosSml711This weekend, 28th and 29th of July, a large number of riders from Gaucín will ride upstream on the Rio Genal as they do every year for the traditional ‘Monte Nocturna’. After a few hours they arrive at Los Lirios in the middle of the woods where a traditional lunch, cooked on a wood stove outside is waiting. Tying the horses in the shade there are pools in the river where the riders can swim and cool down after the long hot ride. Spending the night in hammocks, tents or under the stars everyone enjoys the summer night under the full moon.

Next morning some people must leave but most spend the day and ride home in the cool of the evening.

RideAndii711smlThe hard physical adventure goes hand in hand with a little touch of luxury at Ride Andalucia. We have found ‘special’ hotels for our guests, good restaurants serving excellent local food, and our picnics are waiting around a bend of the trail with chilled wine and seasonal fare. We want to share some of our discoveries with readers of Here are some of the hotels we use:

FlamencoNext Saturday, July 14, starting at 9 p.m. in the Convent, there will be a fashion show of flamenco dresses designed by Carmen Durán. There will be a bar with drinks and tapas, run by the Hermandad del Santo niño.

On the runway will be local girls and ladies, and it is sure to be a beautiful show. Don´t miss it! Organized by the Association of Women of Gaucín.

thumb_PlToros12071There will be a major bullfight, including a rejoneador (fighting on horseback) in the bull ring in Gaucin, which is in Salto de Cura, about 2 kms. Up the road to Ronda. Six bulls will be fought, two by Jesulín de Ubrique, 2 by the rejoneador Luis Valdenebro, 1 by the matador José Olivencia and 1 by the novice Antonio Dominguez. Price is  18 euro if bought ahead of time --- in Gaucin tickets are on salew at the hardware store (la Huerta) and the Ayuntamiento, and 20 euro on the day at the box office, Collaborating businesses in Gaucín are Juan Marquez del Río SL (La Huerta), Sierra Gaucín, Unicaja, Estaciones de servicio Repsol, Criseba Servicios, Transportes José Villena Salas, Excavaciones Reinaldo and Metálicas de San Pablo.

PiscMunicipal711smlThe cost is 10 euro per pupil to register for the classes. Families with several children will receive a 50% discount. Register in the Ayuntamiento. Minimum age is 6 years old.