Gaucin monuments

Castillo del Águila: although there is a lot of speculation about its possible Roman origins, especially since in the area surrounding Gaucín many Roman objects have been found, the only thing we can be sure of is that it was an Arab fortress from the 10th Century. The castle was for many years an observation tower and controlled the valley of Genal. It witnessed many battles between Arabs and Christians in one of which died Guzman el Bueno a well-known figure of the time of the Reconquest of Spain in the 15th Century. The castle was finally captured by the Christians in 1485, later it was to be occupied by French troops in 1810. In 1843 the Munitions store in the castle exploded causing serious damage and leaving it as we find it today. Only the three walled patios and the bell tower remain from which fine views of the village and surrounding area can be seen.

Ermita del Santo Niño: Situated in the interior of the castle this was built in the 17th Century where inside the most revered religious symbol of the village – El Santo Niño – can be found and in whose honour the most important festival takes place on the 7th September each year.

Iglesia de San Sebastian: Erected in 1487 this is a magnificent example of popular Baroque architecture. The alter piece displays three very distinctive wooden figures the most important of which is the sculpture of the Virgen de las Nieves.
Fuente de los Seis Caños: Built in 1628 near the Plaza de la Farola in an Andalucian Baroque style, it is constructed of sandstone. The front part is geometrically divided and shows six faces or fountains which give it its name. It is not known what these figures represent as they have been damaged by erosion over the years.