Visit these ENCHANTING white villages.
The village of EL GASTOR is just off the main road north-west from Ronda to Algodonales and a few kilometres from ZAHARA DE LA SIERRA. It is also known as the ‘Balcony of the White Villages’ because from the two mountain peaks in its municipality, El Algarín and Las Grajas, there are magnificent views of other little villages in the area and the surrounding countryside.
The region has been settled since prehistoric times and around EL GASTOR evidence has been found of dolmens, or Megalithic burial grounds. The most famous of these is EL CHARCON, commonly known as THE GIANT'S TOMB’ dating from the Bronze Age.
The old HERMANOS PALOMINO MILL has been well preserved and, although now under private ownership, can be visited in order to see the vast, revolving circular stones, used to press the olives gathered from the surrounding countryside, and the deposits where the oil was collected.
Also of interest is the Museo de Usos y Costumbres Populares, a museum dedicated to EL TEMPRANILLO, one of the most famous bandits in 19th-century Andalucía. Situated next to the Town Hall, this museum exhibits ancient agricultural and household tools depicting the traditions and customs of the region and other items used over the centuries.
EL GASTOR is close to the towns of GRAZALEMA and ZAHARA, and is famous for its crafts and gastronomic specialities such as guisote, a tasty stew made with breadcrumbs, wild asparagus and garlic, and also its special chicken dish with almonds. Fresh tomato soup, black pudding, chorizo and chicharrones (pork scratchings) are also very popular.
Have you wondered how EL GASTOR got its name?
Several theories were formed as to the origin of its name but one stands as the town's favourite, the name EL GASTOR was coined from the words "TOMB OF THE GIANT", as, according to myth, Dolmens, (burial chambers), inhabited the area long ago. Although remains of giants have been discovered in many lands no trace has been found of Dolmens in the immediate area of EL GASTOR but three very important historic Megalithic Dolmen sites lie just outside of Antequera, so EL GASTOR is not just another pretty, white village, but one that might be hiding a secret!!
Visit this charming and unusual small town for yourself, you might just find the elusive TOMB OF THE GIANT.