Alcaucin

Alcaucin

At 510 meters above sea level, Alcaucin is a picturesque chocolate-box 'white' village 25 kilometres from the coast at Torre del Mar. Situated on the lower western slope of La Maroma (alt.2029 meters) in the beautiful Sierra Tejeda mountain range it is an excellent base if you fancy a walk in the National Park. If you just prefer to relax then there are several friendly bars/restaurants. A small market visits the village each Saturday morning.

Its narrow streets are awash with colourful flowers which hang from every wrought iron balcony and the village is home to numerous spring fed fountains, still very much in use. One of these, the Fuente San Sebastian has been restored to its former Moorish glory and its five spouts jut out from an exquisite tiled background. Alcaucin's 16th Century church has also been restored and on the outskirts of the village, the little hermitage of Jesus del Calvario dating back to the 18th Century is home to the village's cemetery, dull you may think, but from here the views over the town and surrounding countryside are breathtaking.

There ia an annual festival at the begining of August and with its easy access to the national park (camping, bbq etc) and abundance of local routes for horseriding, Alcaucin has plenty to keep you busy. In Alcaucin there is no need to buy bottled water, just fill up at the natural spring water fountains in the village centre.

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