Alcalá de los Gazules
Tourist zone: La Janda
Distance from the capital (km): 70
Altitude above sea level (m): 211
Area (Km2): 479.59
Nº of inhabitants: 5500
Name for people: Alcalaínos
Postal code: 11180
This town has numerous remains attesting to the presence of human settlers in the area since the Palaeolithic period. These include ancient cave engravings at the site of Laja de los Hierros. On the outskirts of the town, at the Mesa del Esparragal site, stand the remains of the Lascutana Tower, which was built by the Visigoths using the remains of Roman constructions, where the “Bronze of Lacusta” was discovered, the first Roman inscription from Spain now exhibited at the Louvre Museum in Paris; the Roman deposits at La Salada; and the remains of the Roman bridge over the River Barbate.
Medieval fortifications that have stood the test of time include the castle (13th Century- 16th Century), of which only the foot of the turret remains, some wall canvases and the Puerta de la Villa (Town Gate). In Plaza de San Jorge, referred to by locals as “Plaza Alta”, are the Iglesia Mayor Parroquial San Jorge and the Council House. In addition to its Moorish-style fountains, Pozo de Arriba, Pozo de Enmedio and Pozo de Abajo, other interesting examples of the town’s architecture include the Santa Clara Convent, the old Santo Domingo Convent and the Nuestra Señora de los Santos Sanctuary, where a
popular rural pilgrimage is held every year. Alcalá de los Gazules is an excellent starting point for exploring the Los Alcornocales
Natural Park, the ideal location to engage in active tourism (e.g. hiking, kayaking, cycle tourism, horse riding). Inland, visitors can make interesting excursions to the Sierra del Aljibe mountain range and climb its highest peak and marvel at the beautiful panoramic views. The area is rich in wildlife, notably roe deer, deer and different species of birds, vultures and
Bonelli eagles. Near the town is a recreational area called El Picacho, which has a Nature Classroom, a camping area and a shelter.
Declared a Historical Site, Alcalá is a beautiful typically-Andalusian town withsteep, whitewashed streets that open onto large squares. It lies on the Bull Route.
Interesting web pages with more information on this place:http://www.alcaladelosgazules.es/
Official Web of Alcalá de los Gazules http://www.alcornocales.org/
Official Web of Alcornocales Natural Park