Itinerary through the mountainous regions Sierra de
Grazalema, Serranía de Ronda and Los
Alcornocales. Can be easily combined with visits to Cádiz,
Sevilla and Málaga or with beach holidays
on the Costa de la Luz
or the Costa del Sol. Possible excursions to
the Nature Site El Torcal (Antequera)
or to the rock of Gibraltar.
The white villages owe their
name to the way their residents often scatter lime on the
walls of their houses. These seem to be inserted like bird
nests into the mountains and are usually adorned by a
castle. Red tile roofs and narrow streets complete the
appearance of a typical "pueblo blanco".
From Arcos to Ronda and Castellar de la Frontera.
2 or 3 days. Towns as Ronda and Arcos de la Frontera even
permit some extra time
approx. 300 kilometers/185 miles
Spring/Early Summer (March until June) and Autumn
(September until November); possible even during the
Landscape an protected
The most of the described white villages are situated in
the western part of the Bética ranges. The highest
elevation is the Pico de Pinar (1654 meters) close to the
village of Grazalema, the number one rainy region of all
Spain. On the other hand, the Serranía de Ronda, just a
few miles east of Grazalema, has a dry climate. Cork and
holm oaks and the very rare Spanish fir
("Pinsapo") grow in the forest. In the west,
close to Arco de la Frontera, predominates farm land.
Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park
With 51.695 hectares one of the bigger natural parks of
Andalusia with a rich flora and fauna. 13 villages lie on
the territory. (Information centre El Bosque)
Alcornocales Natural Park
Territory of 170.025 hectares with 15 villages. Belong to
the provinces of Málaga and Cádiz. As seen in its name,
the main growing tree is the cork oak.
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hotels and hostelries along the route, especially in Arcos
de la Frontera and in Ronda. Also many campsites and some
country houses (rustic apartments).
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Saint Feasts / Ferias
each town celebrates its own patron saint, a procession
and/or its "feria" (fair).
de la Frontera
Cristo del Romeral (13.9.)
del Rosario (May)
Señora de los Remedios (one week after Easter
Señora de la Cabeza (2nd Sunday in June)
de las Bodegas
de los Gamonales (May)
de la Frontera
Santa (Holy Week)
la Virgen de Agosto (3.-5. Aug)
de la Sierra
de la Frontera (Miles 0;
Situated on a mountain range 160 meters high above the
Guadalete river. One of the most beautiful villages of
Espera (Miles 10; 3,912 Inhabitants)
very old settlement with an Arab castle and the Santa
María de Gracia Church.
(Miles 15; 8,022 Inhabitants)
Castle del Fontanal, Fortified
castle de los Rivera; Santo Domingo de Guzmán church;
Convent of Corpus Christi.
Villamartín (Miles 21; 12,303 Inhabitants)
Agriculture village. Churches: San Francisco, de las
Angustias and de las Virtudes; Noble mansion de
On the way to Prado del Rey: Ruins of Parajete.
Prado del Rey (Miles 28; 5,885 Inhabitants)
Nuestra Señora del Carmen church;
2,5 miles away: Roman ruins "Iptuci".
El Bosque (Miles 32; 2,069 Inhabitants)
Entrance to the Sierra de Grazalema Natural
Park, situated in a beautiful landscape. Santa
María de Guadalupe Church
Excursion to Benamahoma (4 miles): groves of Spanish fir.
Ubrique (Miles 42; 16,884 Inhabitants)
foundation. Churches: San Antonio, San Pedro, Nuestra
Señora de la O; Monastery de Capuchinos
(Miles 45; 719 Inhabitants)
Baroque town hall, Renaissance church.
Villaluenga del Rosario (Miles 48,5;
San Miguel church, bullring built in the mountain
(Miles 56; 2,165 Inhabitants)
Centre of the Natural Park. Nuestra
Señora de la Aurora
church; Textile museum Artesanía Textil.
Sierra de Grazalema and its 13 villages
On the road to Zahara: mountain pass Puerto de las
Palomas (1357 m/4452 ft.), Hiking paths to "El
Pinsapar" (Spanish fir forest) and to "la Garganta Verde" (cave).
la Sierra (Miles 65;
Moorish foundation, located on a mountainside.
Remains of an ancient castle, Santa María de la Mesa
Algodonales (Miles 70; 5,677 Inhabitants)
Olive groves and fields
of vegetables close to the Sierra de Líjar. Baroque
church of Santa Ana with a tower and its door
called puerta del Perdón.
Olvera (Miles 82; 8,351 Inhabitants)
well conserved Arab fortress in between wooded hills; Nuestra
Señora de la Encarnación church.
Towards Ronda (1,4 miles): Pilgrimage church Virgen de
los Remedios in Baroque style.
Setenil de las Bodegas (Km 91;
Cave houses inside the rocks overhead the river. Fortified castle; Gothic church de la Encarnación.
Ronda (Miles 103; 36,208
Jewel of Andalusia and main town of the Serranía de
Ronda Region. Invites a longer stay.
Benaoján (Miles 108; 1,523 Inhabitants)
of main interests are the nearby caves "Cueva de la
Pileta" and "Cueva del Gato" with pictorial
records of its residents (Paleolithic).
Montejaque (Miles 110; 985 Inhabitants)
the Guadares river disappears in the "El
Hundidero" cave to appear again in the "Cueva
del Gato" cave.
Atajate (Miles 122; 133
very old settlement from the pre-historic epoch. Moorish
Benadalid (Miles 126; 253 Inhabitants)
has the oldest fortress of the region
Algatocín (Miles 129; 844 Inhabitants)
Gaucín (Miles 135; 1,671 Inhabitants)
Good view point; Remains of a fort; Renaissance church;
convent church in Baroque style;
In the surroundings: "Cueva del Órgano".
Casares (Miles 145; 5,744 Inhabitants)
founded by the Romans in the time of Julius Caesar. Centre
of the village in Moorish style. Ruins of an Moorish
castle; churches: de la Encarnación and San
Sebastián; archaeological excavations.
Jimena de la Frontera (Miles 169;
situated in the beautiful los Alcornocales Natural
Park underneath the ancient castle. Restored
Gothic church la Misericordia; Pilgrimage church Reina
de los Ángeles.
Nearby: "La Laja Alta" cave
Castellar de la Frontera (Miles 185;
Moorish fortress village from the 13th century. From here
you can see Africa.
Note: the population dates
are from 2014