It’s been a hard winter! During an unseasonably cold snap, villagers found themselves scraping ice off their car windscreens whilst violent storms and torrential rain have lashed the village for weeks…
Rain is finding a way to infiltrate the snuggest of homes and inside many walls are slowly turning black.
Time to look forward to the coming season and behind the scenes restaurants, bars and shops throughout the village are busy making preparations.
During the winter bars such as La Taberna del Zorro and Bar Paco Pepe closed periodically whilst the hardworking proprietors took a well earned holiday; Casa Antonia recently reopened after a winter-long closure. Although El Lateral and Platero & Co stay open most of the year, many eateries shut for the winter. La Fructuosa spent the last few months having a facelift and should be open in time for Easter whilst Elisa will be opening Azulete’s doors for their second season on the 23rd March.
Meanwhile, Lisa and Richard at the well established El ático are busy getting their fabulous terrace – definitely the best view in town – ready for summer. They open on the 5th April.
Local deli Boníssim changed hands earlier this year when retiring Karen handed over the reins to Anne and Janice.
You can expect the same great food and cheerful customer service and the pair have been experimenting with some new additions during the winter months including making and sampling large quantities of Hot Cross Buns!
Gaucín Artesanía – a Pandora’s Box of Andalucian crafts and ceramics – has had the paint out to spruce up its shop frontage. Lluis’s quirky El Convento keeps slightly random opening hours but is the place to go for unusual home decor and vintage furniture whilst Posada, on Calle Los Bancos, has a good selection of local Ronda wines.
Two of Gaucín’s newest shops – Ali’s Regalos and Lanas del Rio – are looking forward to their first summer season.
Paul and Dawn’s latest venture brings Lanas del Rio’s beautiful woven textiles into the village from their mill at the bottom of the Genal valley.
Whether a year-rounder or seasonal, Notes From Gaucín wishes all the local businesses a successful season to come.
Thanks to Lisa Gouviea, Richard Hughes, Paco Vivar Brinkman, Elisa Mirangels Olazaguirre, Anne Gray and Janice MacBeth for their kind permission to reproduce their photographs.