What Makes Andalucia’s Whitewashed Villages So Special?3 min read
The white Andalusia villages are so called because they have characteristic whitewashed exteriors. The houses in the villages are traditionally whitewashed with the red tiles on the roofs. The houses have a uniform tone and traditional Hispano-Moorish architectural style that produces beautiful scenery. The sloping, narrow, and winding alleys, the beautiful little squares, and the blooming of flowers, the beauty of the landscapes make the villages the best places to enjoy vacations.
The white villages of Andalucía are the beautiful icons of the southern Spanish region and its rich history and culture. If you really want to enjoy the beauty of the villages, you can start a drive through the stunning villages of Pampaneira and Capileira in la Alpujarra. You can also stop at places such as the sleepy village of Bubion. Try to visit Ronda which is one of the most beautiful and historic villages of Andalucía. The road from Algodonales near Cadiz down to Ronda is considered as one of the most interesting and beautiful drives in Southern Spain. You can see beautiful mountains, river valleys, and lakes. In spring, you can see a beautiful landscape filled with wildflowers and orange and lemon groves. When you pass through the villages, you will see whitewashed houses nestling in the folds of the landscape.
Every village of Andalucía celebrates its annual festival. You can enjoy fireworks, music, religious parading of local saints, traditional dishes, and wine is offered at the festivals. If you are short of time, you can stop at the charming villages of Istan and Benahavis. The villages offer beautiful country scenery in the foothills of the Serrania de Ronda mountain range. In ten minutes, from downtown Marbella, you can reach the larger village of Ojen.
Ronda is the most important village of the white villages. On the western side of the village, you can view the green valley below and a row of mountain ridges. The most beautiful site is the Puente Nuevo which is a beautiful stone structure and was built in the eighteenth century. If you travel west from here, you will reach the Serrania de Ronda country which is a region of deep blue skies, wooded mountains, river valleys, waterfalls, mountain streams, and white villages.
Each village is special due to overhanging cliff houses. The charming village of Zahara de la Sierra has a large lake and Ubrique is popular for its leatherware which is exported all over the world. From here, you can move southwards to Jimena de la Frontera which is famous for its mushroom and deer rutting in autumn and to the spectacular Gaucin and Casares which are close to the shores and are popular among the tourists.
There are far more areas and Andalusian villages to explore, but the white villages of Andalucía offer a wonderful sojourn into the world. In half an hour, you can reach the old Andalucía. If you prefer blue to white, you can visit the charming artist’s village of Genalguacil. The roads to white villages are beautiful paths that run through many villages.