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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.
This festival takes place in Ronda from Friday to Monday and celebrates the culture, history and identity of the Serranía. Each village is represented in a procession and we are all invited to attend wearing traditional clothes of the era - basically the bandoleros costumes that were seen in our "toma de Gaucín" last week. This Friday, the 26th May, there will be a free bus going to Ronda for anyone in costume. Please contact the Ayuntamiento for more details of times etc. It is a beautiful festival and worth a visit, in costume or not!

Here is the website for more details:

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Please note that, due to ongoing improvements, the A-377 Gaucín-Manilva road will be closed from May 17 to July 7 between the turning to Casares and the roundabout for the AP-7 toll road. The alternative route to the coast will be via the A-7150 and MA-8300 (around the back of Casares and down to the A7 coast road).
If you are travelling from Malaga to Gaucín you can leave the AP-7 at Estepona, km 153, and pick up the A-7 coast road then turn right onto the MA-8300 at Casares Bahía. An alternative is to leave the AP-7 at km 172 and take the A-397 to Ronda then take the A-369 to Gau
Friday 12 May

20:00hrs – Old Convent building - Presentation of costumes made at the ‘taller de bandoleros’ that will be worn during the ‘Toma de Gaucín’.

Saturday 13 May

13:00hrs – We welcome our friends from the historical-cultural association ‘Villa de El Bosque’ who will be joining us as the ‘French Army’ during the ‘Toma’ celebrations. 

18:00hrs – The celebration will begin as the Municipal Band ‘Villa de Gaucín’ passes through the village streets. 

20:00hrs – The ’invading’ French troops will enter the village and march from Chaparro down Calle Luis de Armiñan (Calle Convento) to the ‘Town Hall’ (Calle Larga) which they will occupy. During their journey there will be battles between the French soldiers and local residents! Once the town hall has been taken the French troops will set up guard posts and the Mayor will be paraded through the village centre to humiliate the locals.

All residents are invited to dress up in costume and fight against the French invaders! 

Sunday 14 May

11:00hrs – We welcome our friends from Montejaque and Estación de Gaucín who will meet with local residents in Paseo de Ana Toval to form the army of guerrillas from the Serranía de Ronda.

12:00hrs – The guerrillas of the Serranía will enter the village and pass through the streets. On their way to the town hall they will be involved in several skirmishes with the French troops.

13:00hrs – The town hall will be re-taken from the French and, after the Mayor has been freed, the Spanish flag will be hoisted once again on the castle tower.

14:00hrs – Party in the centre of the village attended by both the French soldiers and the guerillas of the Serranía!
Just a reminder that the wonderful Art Gaucin Open Studios weekends are coming up....Come and visit the village, have a tapa or two and see the artists and their work in their studios!

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On Friday 05 May at 8pm in the Casa de la Juventud there will be a presentation and reading of a book by the author Salvador Martín de Molina. Salvador was an author, born in Gaucín, who died last year and this was his last book entitled "Carmen la Desconocida".

Book launch May 2017