Castaño Santo, Istán

The Castaño Santo is a huge and ancient chestnut tree that is located in an area known as the Hoyo del Bote, in the Sierra Real de Istán. It is probably the oldest tree in the whole province of Malaga.

The Castaño Santo is a huge and ancient chestnut tree that is located in an area known as the Hoyo del Bote, in the Sierra Real de Istán.The Castaño Santo is a huge and ancient chestnut tree that is located in an area known as the Hoyo del Bote, in the Sierra Real de Istán.

The Castaño Santo is a huge and ancient chestnut tree that is located in an area known as the Hoyo del Bote, in the Sierra Real de Istán.

Its age is estimated around eight hundred and one thousand years old. Despite this, many visitors do not hesitate to take the land that covers their roots, as seen in the image, endangering this majestic tree.

At 1.30 m from the ground, the perimeter is 15 m, while at ground level it borders on 22 meters. It has a total height of 24.5 m while the height of the shaft is 2.5 meters. The diameter of the cup is in the N-S direction of 27.40 m while in the E-W direction it is 23.70 meters. The projected area of ​​the crown is 510.02 m².
Legend has it that in the mountains where this centennial tree is found, great feats proliferated throughout History. Among them we can highlight the rebellion of the Moors in Sierra Bermeja in the dawn of the sixteenth century. Under its branches, in the year 1501, King Ferdinand the Catholic celebrated a mass.



The legend tells that in the prayers a delay of the twilight was requested, to favor a stealthy arrival of the troops to Marbella.


It is proposed to be declared a natural monument by the Junta de Andalucía

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Ronda : Museo del Bandolero

The “Museo del Bandolero” (bandolero Museum) is a museum located in the city of Ronda, Malaga Province (Spain). It has exhibition material that consists of a total of 1,316 pieces and records and an average of 51,000 visits per year since its launch in May 1995. It is the only one that exists at the national level that collects various aspects of the social phenomenon of the bandits.

Museo del Bandolero in Ronda - Fachade

Museo del Bandolero in Ronda – Fachade

The museum, located in a late nineteenth century, is divided into five rooms. So, there is the so-called ‘romantic travelers and documentation’, in which baptismal and death certificates, burial and info is collected, as well as photographs of famous bandits as Jose Maria Hinojosa “El TempranilloDiego Corrientes Mateos, Jose Ulloa “Tragabuches” Rios and Francisco Gonzalez ‘Francisco Gonzalez Rios’.

Jose Maria Hinojosa "Tempranillo"

Jose Maria Hinojosa “Tempranillo”

Another dependency is ‘Living banditry’ where three performances are represented: ‘the inn’, ‘the Abduction’ and ‘the Cave’ , and where the mannequins are dressed in costumes of the era itself. There is also a comic book collection consisting of over 200 specimens dating to 1940, in which the life of the bandits is narrated.

Jose Ulloa "Tragabuches"

Jose Ulloa “Tragabuches”

Moreover, you can also visit ‘Men and names’, which houses an exhibition of costumes, oils, watercolors and photographs of the most recognized by the public bandits and some events staged about many of them; or ‘Those who followed the trail’, dedicated to the security forces that pursued the bandits: the Civil Guard.

Jose Mingolla "Pasos Largos"

Jose Mingolla “Pasos Largos”

In it, besides finding the bandits capture records and official bulletins of this security force , there is a map that shows the distribution of command posts; controls, and the first awards of the Meritorious uniforms. All original material.

Museo del Bandolero Ronda : Inside

Museo del Bandolero Ronda : Inside

Finally, the tour is completed with the room ‘Arms and written testimonies’, which contains a large collection of bandits own weapons such as guns or knives. The museum also has a library that houses more than 495 books written by people who lived close this time of history and whose editions date from 1823 to the present.



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