The National Park of Los Alcornocales borders Gaucín and is one of the largest and oldest forests in Europe. This makes the area a paradise for walkers, runners, cyclists, nature lovers and birdwatchers. Rich with olive and almond groves, ancient cork stands, lupins, fig and sweet chestnut trees there’s also plenty of wildlife including deer, fox, mongoose, Spanish ibex and wild boar.
The summit of El Hacho is a favourite local walk and provides 360° views to the oceans and mountains in the distance. To cool off, El Cañón de las Buitreras in nearby El Colmenar offers stunning gorge swimming.
The area is a mecca for mountain bikers, cyclists and horse riders, but for those who prefer to explore on foot there are plenty of guided and self-guided walks, many starting at Finca Avedin’s gates. In the village there are football pitches, tennis courts and a 25m outdoor pool and for the adventurous, there’s Gaucin’s own ‘Via Ferrata’.