Here’s how to find the white villages of Spain
If you’ve been driving in Andalusia in the south of Spain, you may have seen villages glistening white in the mountains. In Spain, these population centers are called white towns that is, white villages.
Most of the white villages are located in the provinces of either Málaga or Cádiz, close to many popular resorts – such as Fuengirola. On the Sunshine Coast, it’s worth clearing the time to see at least one Pueblo Blanco. There are dozens of white villages in Spain.
A typical white village is built on top of a hill or mountain. The history of Andalusia is reflected in the Moorish architecture of the villages, which often includes a fortress built for defensive purposes.
The reason for the white color of village buildings is the same as in the Greek archipelago: white paint keeps houses cooler than dark colors. Andalusia is really hot in the summer months and the weather is pleasantly mild even in the heart of winter. Buildings are painted regularly to maintain a clean color.
The easiest way to visit the white villages with your own rental car is to combine several destinations on the same trip. Without your own vehicle, a day trip to villages like Ronda or Mijas is best.
See below for five examples of white villages in Andalusia!
Perhaps the most famous white village in all of Spain, Ronda is known for its dramatic gorge and bridge over it. The Ronda Bridge and a steep 120-meter drop is one of the most photographed landscapes in the area.
Ronda is also bigger than other white villages: the small town of about 35,000 inhabitants has a lot to offer in terms of accommodation and restaurants, and can even be considered a base for a road trip. It is also easy to take a day trip to Ronda from Málaga or Fuengirola.
The name Frigiliana may not sound familiar, but the white village is considered one of the most beautiful in Spain. Pure white buildings, narrow alleys, flower gardens, churches and squares – Frigiliana is like straight from a postcard.
The village is located about 60 km from Málaga. When descending from the mountains, the nearest coastal town is Nerja, from where you drive to Frigiliana about a quarter.
3. Border Arches
The magnificent location of Arcos de la Frontera makes it one of the most popular white villages in Andalusia: the buildings and the fortress of the village seem to be outright balancing on the ridge of a rocky hill.
The labyrinthine alleys are atmospheric, with a river flowing down. It is no wonder that the village has been declared one of the national historical monuments in Spain. The Arcos de la Frontera is around 65 km from the city of Cádiz.
For Finnish tourists, Mijas is one of the most easily accessible white villages – it is located almost directly above the favorite destination of Fuengirola.
When vacationing in Fuengirola, you should go to Mijas at least once to watch the scenery and enjoy lunch or dinner. Mijas is divided into two parts, of which Mijas Pueblo is a white mountain village and Mijas Costa is a beach resort.
5. Zahara de la Sierra
The small village of Zahara de la Sierra is made particularly special by the turquoise lake at its foot. Above the village at the top of the hill rises a historic fortress. In terms of framework, the Zahara de la Sierra is guaranteed to be one of the most spectacular in Andalusia.
The village of only about 1,500 inhabitants is located less than 40 kilometers from Ronda and about a hundred kilometers from the city of Seville.
Also read: This unreal place can be found in the area that Finns love in Spain – but have you ever even heard of it?
Text: Maria Hietala
Photos: Istockphoto and Shutterstock
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