If you are visiting Cádiz, then it is highly likely that you will want to also get out and about a bit. The Pueblos Blancos (known as the White Villages) make up a scenic route that winds through many of the characteristic white-washed villages of the province of Cadiz (and Malaga.) Visiting the Pueblos Blancos (White Villages) from Cádiz
The route begins in Arcos de la Frontera, a town perched on a rocky hill overlooking the Guadalete River. From there, travelers can explore a string of picturesque villages such as Algar, Espera, Bornos, Prado del Rey, Villamartin, Puerto Serrano, Algodonales, Torre Alhaquime, Olvera, Alcala del Valle, El Gastor, Setenil, Grazalema, Zahara de la Sierra, Benaocaz, Ubrique, Villaluenga del Rosario and el Bosque.
In short, the Pueblos Blancos route offers a unique opportunity to discover the hidden gems of the province of Cadiz, where history, culture, and natural beauty come together in a truly magical way.
Guided Tours for visiting the Pueblos Blancos (White Villages) from Cádiz
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The villages are named after their distinctive white-washed houses, castles, and churches that create an enchanting sight against the backdrop of the green and brown countryside. The white color of the buildings is not just for aesthetics; it also serves a practical purpose. The white paint reflects the sun’s rays, keeping the houses cooler during the hot summer months. The houses are constantly “repainted” to maintain their immaculate appearance, which has become a point of pride for the locals.
Aside from the charming architecture, the Pueblos Blancos route offers a variety of cultural and natural attractions. The villages are situated in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, which is home to a rich array of flora and fauna, including many bird species and Spanish ibex. Travelers can explore the park’s hiking trails, go birdwatching, or simply soak up the breathtaking views.
Driving the Pueblos Blancos (White Villages) from Cádiz
The route also features historical landmarks such as the Castillo de Arcos de la Frontera, a Moorish castle dating back to the 11th century, and the Cueva de la Pileta, a prehistoric cave with ancient rock paintings. Visitors can also sample the region’s traditional cuisine, including local wines and dishes made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.
For maps and more information about Driving the Pueblos Blancos (White Villages) from Cádiz see the great page at the Grazalema Guide: https://grazalemaguide.com/blog/the-white-villages-of-the-sierra-de-grazalema/
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