Would you like to discover the charming villages of Andalusia?
The route of the white villages is one of the most fascinating experiences you can have in the Andalusia region of southern Spain. This scenic route winds through the mountains and hills of the Sierra de Grazalema, offering travellers the chance to discover a series of charming white villages with a rich history, breathtaking panoramic views and an authentic Andalusian essence. One of the most outstanding villages on this route is Setenil de las Bodegas, which will captivate you. If you are planning your visit to Ronda, you cannot miss the opportunity to explore the Route of the White Villages, with an obligatory stop in nearby Setenil de las Bodegas.
Ronda: the gateway to the white villages route
The perfect starting point to begin your adventure on the route of the white villages is the beautiful city of Ronda. The city is surrounded by mountains and offers stunning views and a rich historical heritage. Stroll through its old town and visit the famous Puente Nuevo bridge, which connects the old and new parts of the city over the impressive Tajo gorge. Explore the Plaza de Toros, one of the oldest and most prestigious bullrings in Spain, and admire the panoramic views from the Aldehuela viewpoint. From Ronda, you can start your route to Setenil de las Bodegas.
Setenil de las Bodegas: a unique village nestled in the rocks
As you make your way along the route of the white villages from Ronda, you will come to Setenil de las Bodegas, a place that will leave you speechless. The highlight of this village is its peculiar architecture, as many of the houses are literally built into the rocks, creating a unique and picturesque atmosphere. Stroll through the narrow streets and admire the white facades that contrast with the natural rocks that surround them. Explore the Andalucía square and visit the church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación. Setenil de las Bodegas also has a wealth of bars and restaurants where you can sample the delicious local gastronomy, such as tapas and local wines.
Zahara de la Sierra: a natural viewpoint in Sierra de Grazalema
Continuing along the route of the white villages, you’ll reach Zahara de la Sierra, another must-see village on your itinerary. This picturesque town sits atop a hill, offering spectacular views of the Zahara-El Gastor reservoir and the Sierra de Grazalema Nature Reserve. Explore the town’s medieval castle, which now houses an interpretation centre, and stroll through its cobbled streets lined with whitewashed houses. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the Peña viewpoint, from where you can take in the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Grazalema: a charming village surrounded by nature
Your next stop on the Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos is Grazalema, a perfect destination for nature lovers. Located in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, this charming village is known for its mountainous surroundings and breathtaking scenery. Stroll through the historic centre and discover the church of Nuestra Señora de la Aurora, as well as the ancient town walls. Also, take the opportunity to go hiking in the surrounding area to enjoy the lush vegetation, rivers and waterfalls of the area.
There is no doubt that the Route of the White Villages will be an unforgettable experience full of discoveries and beauty. We recommend you to stay in our hotel in the nature of Ronda, with all the exclusivity. You can visit our website here and do not hesitate to contact us, we will be delighted to help you.