, 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.
Paddy and Jenny exhibition
Restaurant 'Azulete', run by Elisa Mirangels and her son, Javier, will open on Thursday 13 April.

Elisa says:

"My son has been a cook for more than 10 years; he had a restaurant in Marbella, "Casa Lola", for four years, winning several prizes including the Certificate of Excellence of "Trip Advisor"  but he has now decided to come and live in Gaucin!
The idea was to look for an interesting place to build a restaurant and we found the old 'Fuente' building. We have renewed the premises with great enthusiasm and after several months of work we are ready to offer our service to the inhabitants of Gaucin and those who visit us.
We will make traditional Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. The idea is to offer good cuisine at competitive prices. Our menu will be changed often to be able to offer different dishes from Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. We will also have specials of the day and fresh fish. We will offer various options for vegetarians and celiacs."

Good luck to Elisa and Javier!

Bonissim opens its doors once again today, Saturday 01 April.

We're back! The fridges and shelves are full of delicious, tempting goodies. Pop in and see us before 1.30 or this evening 17.30 to 19.30. Karen & Anne

Bonissim 2017
La Fructuosa hotel is changing ownership. The new season of the restaurant will start on 03 April with a special menu for the day!

Some words from the previous owners, Luis and Jesús.......

Dear Friends:

La Fructuosa is going to continue into the future without us.  We have sold our dream to Daniel and Catherine, whom we are sure will give it a great push forward and make some wonderfull changes.  We wish for the three of them (Catherine, Daniel and La Fructuosa) the very best!

We wish to thank everybody for the support that you have given La Fructuosa these eighteen years, since our opening in June of 1999.  To all who have enjoyed the tranquility of the hotel or the dishes in our restaurant, thank you.  Now, as La Fructuosa achieves maturity, we know that Catherine and Daniel will continue to offer moments that are unforgettable.  Again, thank you.

And from the new owners, Catherine and Daniel.....

Last year, during a visit of Art Gaucin, we fell in love with La Fructuosa and with Gaucin. We decided to start a new chapter of our life, to acquire the hotel and restaurant and to make of Gaucin our home for the years to come.

We have spent most of our adult lives as expatriates in different European countries. Catherine is a sculptor and ceramist ( More recently, Daniel ran a successful B&B in an old house in the centre of Brussels where Catherine also had her studio and gallery.

Prior to that, between 2004 and 2007, we sailed between France and Australia on a yacht.

We will for sure add Catherine’s art touches to La Fructuosa and we will seek to maintain the charm, the quality and the hospitality set as standards here by Jesus, Luis and their dedicated staff. Also, this year we are pleased to wor kwith a new chef, Mariano Ruiz.  He is wel lknown in the area for his excellent work for many years in La Molienda, a fine restaurant in Benalauría.  He will bring to La Fructuosa all of his experience and talent, continuing to offer fine food, inspired by the traditions of Andalusia, Spain and the  Mediterranean region.

It will be our pleasure to host you soon.

Daniel y Catherine
Jim Rattenbury Studio Retrospective:
As I won’t be here for the annual Open Studios in Gaucin this year I will be making a studio/gallery retrospective show spanning the last 35 years.
OPEN: 8th-14th April from 12.00 -16.00.
Private view: Friday 7th April 17.00 onwards, wine and tapas.

For those who love walking, arriving at the studio is a beautiful scenic walk, all downhill from the village. We can always offer you a lift back uphill! Gaucin offers a good range of restaurants and tapas bars. A scenic day trip combining art and gastronomy!