One of our most popular tours is our White Villages Tour, with many travellers keen to take on the famous trail exploring the iconic whitewashed streets. Ronda is surrounded by valleys and mountains in which you’ll find the famous pueblos blancos of Andalusia, located in the Sierra de Grazalema, an official UNESCO site. This iconic journey is famous for a reason; travellers can’t get enough of the authentic Andalusian villages and stunning views. On our White Villages Tour, you’ll learn about the traditions, culture and history of the white towns and their inhabitants. We visit the two most beautiful white villages, Zahara de la Sierra and Grazalema, which we’re sure will take your breath away!
La Zahara de la Sierra is an official Historical Site boasting one of the most impressive landscapes; this white town sits next to a beautiful reservoir that appears turquoise on sunny days. The town is an image taken straight from a postcard; whitewashed houses decorated with flowers, streets filled with orange trees and mountains & greenery always providing a beautiful backdrop. It’s a characteristic mountain village at an altitude of 500m, with an intriguing hillside position which means the streets are at different levels. It’s the perfect opportunity to take some impressive photos! It also boasts an artificial beach, called ‘La Playita’, if you’re craving some sand and sea. Moreover, the traditional architecture and narrow, whitewashed streets will give you an insight into the town’s Moorish past. Zahara’s castle still remains, built in the 13th century and one of the main fortresses that protected Ronda against Christian invasion. The remains are particularly impressive and provide stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
Grazalema is the highest and most mountainous town in the Cadiz province. It sits on a valley of over 800m in the Sierra del Edrinal. This old town is famous for its winding alleys, plazas filled with tapas bars, and its stunning viewpoints over the Sierra de Grazalema National Park. The town acts as a base for hikers who come to take advantage of the National Park, known for its rugged limestone mountains.
Famous for its wool production tradition, producing high quality, organic fabric, you can visit the traditional mills which were used for both wool production and olive oil extraction. In these white towns you will appreciate a simpler and slower pace of life. Take a trip back in time and experience a more traditional way of life; learning about the cultivation of olive oil, the production of handmade leather and culinary experiences using organic products grown on the surrounding farms. These local trades have remained a tradition for centuries in the pueblos, with craftsmen passing down their skills to their families to continue producing the goods. Moreover, it’s an opportunity to immerse in the local culture, with the privilege to meet the people inhabiting these traditional pueblos; we visit family businesses to taste regional delicacies made by the local people. The locals here are full of life and soul; passionate about their land and customs and willing to share their traditions with travellers who visit. At Entrelenguas part of our Slow Travel philosophy is keeping tourism sustainable by helping the local community to continue their traditional trades and sell their products.
If you’re intrigued to see what else our region has to offer, read our article on places to visit near Ronda! We recommend taking a guided tour around the pueblos blancos as, with an official guide, you’ll be taken to amazing hidden spots in these villages that only locals know about! Are you tempted by a visit to the beautiful white villages of Andalusia? If you’re wanting to discover incredible landscapes, see picturesque villages and taste authentic local delicacies, then sign yourself up for our White Villages Tour here now!
Write by @Emily Jordan