Alcala de los Gazules
Alcala de los Gazules | Source: Texts and photos: Patronato provincial de Turismo de Cádiz.
There is evidence of human presence in the area since the Paleolithic period. You can visit important archaeological sites: engravings from the site of the Laja de los Hierros, the remains of the Lascutana Tower (Visigothic) at the Mesa del Esparragal site, Roman deposits of La Salada and the remains of the Roman Bridge over the Barbate River.
Of the fortifications from the middle ages only the castle is preserved ( 13th- 16th century), of which only the Tower remains standing, some wall paintings and the Puerta de la Villa (the town gate). Inside The Plaza de San Jorge, better known as Plaza Alta, are the Iglesia Mayor Parroquial de San Jorge and the Casa Del Cabildo (council house). They are other interesting monuments such as the fountains of Arabic origin, the upper, middle and lower wells, the Santa Clara Convent, the old Santo Domingo Convent and the sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de los Santos, where the Romeria a popular pilgrimage is held every year.
It’s very interesting to make an excursion to the Sierra dell Aljibe, to climb to its highest peak from where there are beautiful panoramic views. There are plenty of roe deer, deer and different species of birds, vultures and Bonelli eagles, among other species. Very close to the town is the recreational area of El Picacho, featuring a nature classroom, a camping and a hostel.