White Villages Route of Andalusia

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Cuesta de Alhacaba - Typical house in the province of Granada © Claudio Landi/cc-by-sa-3.0

Cuesta de Alhacaba – Typical house in the province of Granada © Claudio Landi/cc-by-sa-3.0

The White Towns of Andalusia, or Pueblos Blancos, are a series of more then 30 places, towns and large villages in the northern part of the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga in southern Spain, mostly within the UNESCO biosphere reserve Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. All of the villages are characterised by whitewashed walls and red or brown tiled roofs.

The area has been settled since prehistoric times, and some of the local caves have ancient rock paintings. The towns were previously inhabited during al-Andalus, as is evident from many of the names.

Vejer de la Frontera © Yas121/cc-by-sa-3.0 Olvera © Escuzao/cc-by-3.0 Arcos de la Frontera © Tsui/cc-by-sa-3.0 Cuesta de Alhacaba - Typical house in the province of Granada © Claudio Landi/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Cuesta de Alhacaba - Typical house in the province of Granada © Claudio Landi/cc-by-sa-3.0
The reasons for the white color has been postulated to be a chemical result of the limestone used, or a political mandate by a 20th-century dictator.

The climate is mild and the surrounding countryside is green and pleasant. Tourist activities available include hiking, rock-climbing, pot-holing, cycling, horseback riding, and just ambling about, enjoying nature and the local food.

Read more on cadizturismo.com – White Villages Route, andalucia.com – Pueblos Blancos and Wikipedia Pueblos Blancos (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.








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