8 most beautiful white villages in Andalusia

Between Cádiz and Málaga in the Andalucian mountains you find  some of Andalucias most valuable treasures.  The beautiful whitewashed villages with labyrinthic cobber streets decorate with colorful flowers of Andalusia. This place is where time stands still and you find the tranquility you were searching for.  Here you can unite with nature and contemplate the most spectacular landscapes among pinsapo trees. You find  wonderful hiking routes to explore. Discovering amazing  history and traces from  the many  civilisations that have lived in this region in the past.

Here we will show  8 of the most  stunning white villages you can enjoy while you are experiencing Andalucia.


Ronda , where the long Andalucian history has left its proof from many different civilizations. Where the ancient  traces all the way back to Roman times make it one of the most interesting cities in all of Andalusia. The landscape, the amazing cliff, the romantic legend of its bandits, the cradle of bullfighters and artists whose names have gone down in history: is what makes Ronda an incredible  city.

Ronda has been an inspiration to many distinguished writers and poets like Pliny, al-Motámid the poet-king of Seville, al-Idrisi, Ibn al-Jatib and Rilke, that are just a few  of the authors who have all been fascinated by  the charm in every street and corner  of this captivating white village. The city invites you to stroll through its many narrow  streets on the edge of the cliff and over the “ Puente nuevo” ( new bridge) making a stop in every peculiar corner absorbing every detail of the old town.

Setenil de la Bodega 

Setenil de las Bodegas is one of those charming  villages with unique characteristics that favour Sierra de Cádiz as one of the most beautiful and picturesque regions in Spain. The village has been a unique place to settle from ancient times with  the cascades down from the Castle alongside the river Guadalporcún.

Setenil de las Bodegas is part of the route of the White Villages of the Sierra de Cádiz, its peculiar caves and natural recess in the mountain did not take long to shelter its first settlers. Later  the caves turned into houses,and today Setenil is  one of the most visited white villages in the Cadiz region. In addition, it belongs to the association of The Most Beautiful Towns of Spain and Its urban structure has been declared Historic Conjunction


The village of Grazalema, is the highest and  mountainous village in the Sierra de Cadiz. Considered the wettest village in Spain.  Placed in the The natural park Sierra de Grazalema that was declared a biosphere reserve in 1977. The highest mountain peak in Cadiz, El Torreón, is an attractive goal for experienced and not so experienced hikers.

The village is considered one of the most charming  villages in the province and the finest example of the beautiful  white villages, proud of their  roman and moorish history first know with a moorish name  Raisa lani suli, “city of the Banu al-Salim’, which became Ben-salama “son of Zulema’, and later Gran Zulema.

Today, most of the locals living in Grazalema are working in the agriculture, and produces lovely local products such as goat cheeses and producing excellent olive oil and  hand craft textiles, in addition to  tourist services for  the  expanding tourism industry attracted by the unusual sceneries of Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and by the beauty of this mountain village.


Frigiliana,  is a historical city as many other white villages. Its roots date back to Roman times but  it was the Muslums that gave Frigiliana its urban design and shape as the first real settlement was established after the Moorish invasion of Frigiliana  in the 11th century protecting the city with a fortress. The village is situated 300 meter above sea level offering  the most spectacular views over Nerja and the Costa del Sol coast. On a clear winter day you can even  see the North African Coastline from its privileged situation in the Sierra Almijara.

A stroll  in the streets of Frigiliana,  is worth every minute of it, its beautiful designed cobbled streets decorated with marvelous stone pattern and the white washed house walls  are adorned with colorful decorative  flowers. In the upper part of the city is where you find the Moorish antique neighbourhood. The doors are painted in arrey  pastel colors and between nooks  and crannies it opens up amazing viewing points  to overlook the Mediterranean sea and the wonderful countryside. Well known  writers and poets have  lost their soul and found their  inspiration in this village. No wonder Frigiliana has been awarded and  is considered as  one of the prettiest white villages in Andalucia.

Arcos de la Frontera 

You find this stunning  village in  the Cadiz province as many other dotted white  villages in Andalucia.  The history of Arcos de la Frontera  is intense,  and the best way to evidence this is a lovely stroll in the narrow streets of  Arcos’ old town that was declared a Monument of Historical and Artistic Importance in 1962. Numerous publications describe Arcos de la Frontera as the most beautiful town in Spain.

The picturesque town is situated in beautiful Andalusian scenery, between mountains and  countryside. Located on top of a rock, granting us spectacular views of the surrounding area. The Castle together with the churches of Saint Mary and Saint Peter are highlighted monuments with great beauty and can be discovered in the charming infinity of nooks and crannies in the labyrinth white washed streets.

For many  peace seekers,  Arcos de la Frontera,  is their  favourite destination  in Andalucia. The relaxing ambience away for hustle and bustle , with easy approach to the main cities  in the occidental part of Andalucia and to  stunning Atlantic ocean beaches  has proved the popularity among  European tourists looking for an idyllic and traditional wedding location.


Casares village is one of the valuable  treasures  among the tophill white villages situated between the Serrania de Ronda, the Costa del Sol and the Campo de Gibraltar region,  with panoramic views down to the Mediterranean sea and across to the north African coastline.

The village is declared a Village of Historical and Artistic Importance  and its roots originate to Roman times, but the village as it is today , however, is of Arabic influence. The historical  Moorish  Casares Castle ruins  from the 12th century, crowns the city, and according to excavations Casares became a point of great importance as one of the forts located between the coast of the Strait and the Ronda Mountain Range. The city gave birth to Blas Infante, a politician and writer considered to be the founding father of Andalusian nationalism.

Olvera town, considered the gate of white towns route in the province of Cadiz, Spain


«Olvera is a paradise in the heart in what’s called the “ Pueblos Blancos “ or the white villages in the  mountain range of Cadiz.

On the hillside with whitewashed houses and alleys  erected among olive groves and crowned by  the historical castle and the old town raised in Nazari times. The village is  highly valued by locals as well as tourists looking for true nature and marvelous landscapes. The streets in the historical part, twists carelessly on the slope of the land, firmly keep the aroma of the plants that adorn walls and windows,examples of popular architecture, all built in the typical style of the Andalusian white villages.

The village proudly  looks out to contemplate the colossal figure of its 12th-century Moorish castle, silent witness of Olvera’s  history. The town stretches across the mountainside, a mixture of stately homes In the charming downtown  the churches raise their towers proudly towards the sky, representing  stunning images collected from a postcard.

In the extreme north east of the Sistema Betico range, among gently rounded mountains and fields of cereals and olive trees. The highlight of this Sierra is the Peñón de Zaframagón, declared a Nature Reserve, which is home to the largest concentration of tawny vultures to be found anywhere in Andalusia.

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