In the south of Spain, in the region of Andalusia, specifically between the provinces of Cadiz and Malaga, is one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in our country: Sierra de Grazalema, known for its white villages, its rainy climate and the wide range of activities offered.
Although it is the rainiest point of the Iberian Peninsula due to its location, facing the Atlantic Ocean, its climate and vegetation make it a unique area. Did you know that some of the most beautiful villages in southern Spain are located here?
The most beautiful villages of Sierra de Grazalema
There are 19 villages in total included in the White Villages Route. This name is due to the characteristic architecture of the area: white facades arranged in the middle of winding roads and green landscapes that make up the Natural Park of Sierra de Grazalema.
Arcos de la Frontera
One of the most famous villages in Cádiz and the entrance to the Pueblos Blancos. The mixture of cultures in the area has left an incomparable environment in which narrow streets, churches, convents, palaces and fortresses stand out. Apart from wandering around its streets and enjoying the landscape, Arcos de la Frontera is known for its good food, incredible viewpoints, and the village's Parador Nacional, one of the most beautiful.
This village is the only village in Cádiz where it snows, also known as the rainiest in the province. It is located on the well-known Route of the White Villages and within the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. With hints of Moorish heritage, it is a town to discover by wandering through its streets and admiring the traditional Andalusian architecture. It is known as one of the prettiest villages in Andalusia. Part of this can be explained by the balconies decorated with colourful flowers, narrow streets and viewpoints to enjoy the natural surroundings.
Zahara de la Sierra
It is known for the spectacular views over the Guadalete river reservoir and its highest point Torre del Homenaje, where you can have a panoramic view of the whole village and enjoy an unforgettable sunset. It is a favourite destination for lovers of hiking, climbing, cycling, horse riding and kayaking. Its the village where you can admire Garganta Verde, a 40-metre high canyon with an artificial beach for the whole family to enjoy.
If you are driving, you will see the parish church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación and the Moorish castle in the distance. You can stop to take pictures of the skyline of this white village. The parish church and the castle are two of Olvera's most identifiable monuments. Cadiz is a village with narrow streets, balconies decorated with flowers and a path that takes you to the top of the village, from where you can enjoy the most amazing panoramic view.
You can take a walk along the Sierra Green Road, a route of tourist interest in Andalusia. Be sure to take a stroll along Calle Llana, continuing along Calle Calzada until you reach the Plaza de la Iglesia.
In the centre of the province, Ubrique is the junction of Sierras del Norte and Sierras del Campo de Gibraltar. This area is known for the Pantano de los Hurones reservoir, which supplies water to half of the population of Cádiz. Although like the rest of Pueblos Blancos it has Arab overtones, remains of the Roman city of Ocuri have been found.
Points of interest include the Hermitage of San Juan de Letran, a 17th-century building, the Capuchinhos Convent of the same century, and the Leather Museum, where you can learn a lot about the region's history of leather goods, from its creation to the present day.
When is the best time to go to visit the White Villages of Sierra de Grazalema?
As the rainiest point of the peninsula, it is best to visit in spring and towards the end of summer, when you can enjoy the scenery without too much heat or cold.
A curious, striking and particular environment that is worth visiting and enjoying, both as a trip for backpacker friends and as a family trip, as the activity options in the area are suitable for all ages.
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