White Villages in Spain

White Villages or Pueblo Blanco’s appear to cling to the mountainside, like a magnet to a fridge, they are built in such unlikely situations. Their communal features are steep, narrow streets, countless steps and close proximity to neighbours. Yet ask a local and it will become clear that each village is distinctly different and all are worth a visit.


The town of Ronda which lies high in the mountains is heralded as a jewel in the crown of Andalusia’s treasures. Visitors come and marvel in their thousands at the awesome views to be seen from its bridge over the gorge and Guadalevin River. Few towns the size of Ronda can boast as many sights of historical interest, and in the colder months, snow-capped mountains give the surrounding landscape a winter beauty that many come to see.


Mijas is a village seeped in serenity, tradition and culture. A popular choice amongst many individuals, couples and families buying property in southern Spain, it is now home to almost 60 nationalities! Its web of cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings provide the inspiration for a thriving art scene, and it is a must on many tourists´ itineraries, who arrive in their droves during the summer months, keen both to sample some traditional Andalusica charm and to take a ride in one of the town´s famous donkey taxis.


Ojén, situated in the hills above Marbella, has retained its village charm and is home to a wine museum. Sampling the flavours of the grape is not all this town has to offer. The combination of Ojén's proximity to the Coast, and traditional village atmosphere makes it a popular choice for individuals living and working in the area.


Due perhaps to the hair-raising 45 minutes it takes to reach this village, Istán remains distinctly unspoilt. Its older inhabitants can be seen passing the time of day under trees in the squares while the younger generation head to the waterfall to seek refuge from the summer heat or feed the peacocks in the park. Inhabitants of Istán truly know what it is to have a stunning view as amongst its rolling mountains nestles a lake of the most luminous forget-me-not blue. The snakelike drive from the coast is well worth it.


Benahavis is renowned for the quality of its numerous restaurants. Sit in the square and sample its culinary delights while serenaded by local musicians. It is however distinctly `touristy´ and traditional shops have been swapped for art galleries and boutiques. As with Ojén, it is a popular choice amongst permanent residents in the area.


Perched on a hilltop, nudging against the battlements of an Arab castle, lies the picturesque village of Casares - the most photographed in Spain. There are numerous places to visit of historic interest, and Casares has managed to avoid being added to most of the coach tour circuits, ensuring it retains its traditional pace and character.


Gaucín rests in a colourful mountainous region between the coast and the town of Ronda. In spring, visitors can enjoy views over the countryside where poppies, mimosa, wild orchids and almond blossom bloom amongst the green of old olive groves.
Its magnificent castle is well worth a visit and flamenco concerts are regularly held at the mediaeval convent. The village is popular with artists who can take locally tutored courses and horse lovers who can trek the many mountain trails on horseback.

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