Gaucin / Andalucia / Southern Spain restaurants + culinary tourism
Hi there -
We are renting a place in Gaucin for 10 days and will be taking day trips to Ronda, the coast and perhaps Sevilla and Cordoba. Although with young kids in tow those longer trips are more of a stretch.
Any lunch and dinner recommendations close to Gaucin or out to Ronda. Preferably family friendly? What about shopping and culinary tourism? Any local olive oil, cured meats or wine producers?
We know of a lady in Gaucin who makes her own jamon and chorizo. And the Enkvist winery just outside Gaucin.
Open minded, looking for unique local experiences.
It's been a few years since I've been to Gaucin, so this info may be a bit out of date ... There isn't much in the village, but it has a few bars which do some pretty good tapas. I can't remember the name of the one we went to the most, though.
There was a restaurant called the Hotel Nacional which we really liked. I don't know if it's still open, but it was slightly bizarre. You had to put your head round the door earlier in the day to book a table, and it was a no-choice menu cooked by two old women - it felt like you were eating in their own dining room.
We also ate a few times at the Casablanca Hotel, and the food was really good - but I imagine it has changed hands now.
There was a third restaurant - probably closed down now - which was run by a guy called Martin (I think), and we had a fantastic meal there, but he had his problems, and often he didn't open because he didn't feel like it.
There is an English woman just outside the village who runs a guest house, and she will sometimes allow people who are not staying with her to book a meal there - again, it's not your usual evening out, but we had some very good food. Here's the link:
As you may have gathered by now, it's quite an eccentric village, but we went a few times and loved it.
I'm thinking of renting a place in Gaucin late next fall. Are there any updates to this thread, or comments about eating in and around the village? Are there well-stocked food shops in the village? I've read about a weekly market..does this till take place on Saturdays in season?
Sorry - I've not been since this post, and the recommendations in it were very old anyway. I think Diana Paget's place is still going, as the link I gave above still seems to work.
Time seems to stand still there, sothe tapas bars probably won't have changed and the Nacional probably still exists if the women running it are still alive.