French 'invasion' of Gaucín - Photos
The bandoleros march into the village:
The bandoleros stand firm!
Under fire from the French:
There were skirmishes across the village:
The Mayor is free and the Spanish flag flies once again:
But not before many bandoleros are lost:
The French soldiers of Gaucín (in the uniforms they made!):
New gourmet shop: La Posada
Programme for the re-enactment of the 'French Invasion' - La Toma de Gaucín
16:00hrs – Walk to the threshing circle of ‘Los Hinojales’. Leave from Paseo Ana Toval (opposite the petrol station); head up Sierra del Hacho and return to Gaucín.
20:00hrs – Presentation of costumes made at the ‘taller de bandoleros’ that will be worn during the ‘Toma de Gaucín’.
21:00hrs – Presentation of traditional costumes from the ‘romantic era’ and the Serranía de Ronda - by Faustino Peralta Carrasco.
Saturday 30 April
13:00hrs – We welcome our friends from the historical-cultural association ‘Villa de El Bosque’ who will be joining us as the ‘French Army’ during the ‘Toma’ celebrations.
18:00hrs – The celebration will begin as the Municipal Band ‘Villa de Gaucín’ passes through the village streets.
20:00hrs – The ’invading’ French troops will enter the village and march from Calle Convento to the ‘Town Hall’ (Calle Larga) which they will occupy. During their journey there will be battles between the French soldiers and local residents! Once the town hall has been taken the French troops will set up guard posts and the Mayor will be paraded through the village centre to humiliate the locals.
All residents are invited to dress up in costume and fight against the French invaders!
Sunday 01 May
11:00hrs – We welcome our friends from Montejaque and Estación de Gaucín who will meet with local residents in Paseo de Ana Toval to form the army of guerrillas from the Serranía de Ronda.
12:00hrs – The guerrillas of the Serranía will enter the village and pass through the streets. On their way to the town hall they will be involved in several skirmishes with the French troops.
13:00hrs – The town hall will be re-taken from the French and, after the Mayor has been freed, the Spanish flag will be hoisted once again on the castle tower.
14:00hrs – Party in the centre of the village attended by both the French soldiers and the guerillas of the Serranía!
7th Toma de Gaucín
Urbano, a designer who has been involved with the Ronda Romantica festival since its inception, has been running workshops for the creation of hats and other headwear.
Some of the amazing hats and uniforms for the 'Toma de Gaucín' created by the 'taller de los bandoleros':