Scarce public transit makes a tour the easiest way to visit the stunning White Towns of Andalucia. This private tour from Cadiz offers incredible value by letting you visit the string of towns in just a day while learning about the history of each from your guide. Plus, traveling with a private tour means you can linger at the spots that interest you the most and move on from any that don’t.
The gateway to the Pueblos Blancos Route, Arcos de la Frontera, is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. There are traces of the first prehistoric settlers and of the Romans at the archaeological site Sierra de Aznar. The town’s layout and contour are, however, from the Muslim era. Walk through the narrow streets and pass under the ancient archways to visit the old quarters, a declared historical site. All of the historical places of worship house valuable images which are paraded through the town’s streets during Easter Week, part of the Semana Santa Festival which has also been declared of National Touristic Interest.
The mountain village Zahara de la Sierra, situated in the foothills of the Sierra del Jaral in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, is declared a Historical Site. Present-day Zahara de la Sierra was founded during a period of Moorish occupation. The town still stands from that period, apart from the maze-like urban design of Al-Andaluz, a 13th-century castle that has been restored to keep the medieval Zahara within the stretches of its walls. The hillside position of Zahara imbues the village with an unusual appearance for an urban dwelling. The different levels require the streets to have steps! During the festival of Corpus Christi, declared a Festivity of National Tourist Interest, not only can you marvel at the sight of the decoration of the city, but you can also taste the local cuisine (not included) with dishes such as the “quemones de cebolla” (a tomato dip with onion and parsley), the “sopas hervias” (bread and tomato soup) and their specialty dessert cakes.
The picturesque white town of Grazalema in the region of Cádiz is ensconced in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema mountain range and hosts a very particular microclimate, registering the highest annual rainfall index in the entire Iberian Peninsula. Although there are traces of prehistoric settlements in the area, such as the Dolmen de la Giganta, Grazalema’s origins coincide with the Roman town of Lacilbula. In the town center, declared a Historic Site, the typical regional architecture blends perfectly with the town’s monumental treasures. The jewel in the crown of the town is, however, the Baroque church Nuestra Señora de la Aurora. It is accompanied by the San José Church, the parish church Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, the church San Juan and the Hermitages of El Calvario and Los Ángeles. The city is also famous for its traditional blankets, which are on display at the Museum of Textile Crafts along with other craft products.