Category Archives: White Villages

Zahara de la Sierra, Pueblo Blanco in the Grazalema Natural Park

Nestled under the mountain that gives the village its name, Zahara de la Sierra is one of the pueblos blancos of Cadiz province, and is only 30 minutes drive from Ronda, or an hour from Jerez de la Frontera. Completely within the Grazalema Natural Park, and with the district’s largest lake at its base, as well as the beginnings of the Garganta Verde walk just outside the village, Zahara is rightly quite central to experiencing the Sierra de Cadiz.

Arriving in the village you are immediately struck by the sight of the fortress tower sitting on a narrow plateau at the top of the mountain rocks, and the white buildings wrapped around the mountain base which makes Zahara a popular village to photograph from afar with some of the best views being at the southern end of the lake on a clear blue sky day.

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El Bosque Botanical Gardens

Within the Serrania we are lucky enough to have three natural parks, Grazalema, Sierra de las Nieves, and Alcornacales, and at El Bosque, a small botanical garden “El Castillejo” devoted exclusively to the local and endemic plant species of these mountains.

Due to the Serrania being both Mediterranean and European, many of the tree species are common throughout Europe, whilst most of the shrubs are generally Mediterranean. Most of the flowers and grasses are either Mediterranean or endemic to the area. Your stroll will take you through several mini ecosystems, each with their own viewing area to sit and appreciate the surroundings.

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The White Villages (Pueblos Blancos)

If you are staying in Ronda for a few days and have a car then you will want to get out and about to explore more villages in the area. The “Pueblos Blancos” or white villages encompass the north east of Cádiz and north west of Málaga provinces and this area is saturated in history with palaeolithic cave paintings, neolithic dolmens, bronze and copper age remains, Roman roads, Visigoth fountains and Moorish towers. For the most part, these tours take us through towns created during almost 800 years of Muslim settlement. Berber tribes arrived here in around 714, coming from similar mountainous terrain in Morocco. They chose easily defended sites and built watch towers as an early warning system against attack. All of which was needed as this area was a lasting frontier between the Muslim and Christian kingdoms. You can read more and print off the 3 driving white village routes at the Grazalema Tourist Information website.

If you don’t have a car then our very good friends over at Wildside Holidays can arrange a guided tour of some of the famous white villages of the area and can pick you up and drop you back to your hotel at the end of the day. Wildside Holidays also arrange nature orientated walking tours in the nearby Sierra de Grazalema.

La Playita – The Little Beach in the Mountains

Sometimes you just want to go to the beach, but staying near Ronda means a one and a half hour drive to the coast for the closest beach, however, not too far away at Zahara de la Sierra is La Playita at Arroymolinos, a fresh water pool made into a man-made beach.

From June until mid September the little beach is open, and is only a 25 minute drive from Ronda, or 10 minutes from Zahara de la Sierra or Montecorto. Located under Monte Prieto, the views of surrounding mountains make La Playita a truly isolated place, yet just a few minutes from civilization.

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5 amazing things to do in Ronda

There is quite a lot of “things” to do in Ronda… Just walking the streets,  sightseeing  the top 10 monuments and eating the best tapas will fill your day (and your tummy.) But, if you have a bit of extra time, why not try one (or all) of these things to do whilst you are here in the “City of Dreams” :)

Horseriding in the fabulous Ronda countryside.

Caballos y Vino is owned and run by Sandra Jochim, an experienced horsewoman who has excellent, first-hand knowledge of the local area, too. She also speaks four languages – German, English, Spanish & Horse!

At Caballos y Vino, you enjoy a ride on safe, reliable horses and discover the beautiful countryside around Ronda. Small groups of 2-4 persons guarantee a convivial atmosphere. Bookings can be made at short notice.

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Horse riding in Ronda

Take a relaxing spa and massage in Aguas de Ronda

If you want to really relax and unwind, not far from the museum and ruins of the Arab baths you will find Aguas de Ronda… A fantastic little spa and wellness with saltwater pools, sauna, hot and cold baths plus massages to balance your body and your mind…

Find out everything you need to know to arrange your visit on their website here…

Hammam Spa circuit for 2 people at the Hammam Aguas de Oriente Spa in Ronda

Visit the “Casa de Jamon” and see the museum and experts slicing the Iberian ham.

This shop is filled to the brim with a superb display of jamon Iberico- wine -cheese and oil (Iberian hams, Iberian chunks … Etc.) There is also a cafeteria-bar where all the products on display can be sampled either sitting at the bar or at the tables amongst what can only be described a “museum of Spanish nostagia”.

Read more about the Casa de Jamon here…

La Casa del Jamon - Deli-Wine Tasting-Museum-Bar in Ronda, spain

Discover Ronda and the surrounding white villages by taxi!

It is not as expensive as you may think as a full white village tour is around 120 euros for 4 people visiting the most emblematic villages of the area… You can visit the Roman ruins of Acinipo, The Pileta cave, the gorge of Ronda and many other places in the comfort of your own chauffer driven taxi…

Read more on the website of Ronda Taxi Tours…

Get a taxi in Ronda - taxi tours of ronda and white villages of malaga and cadiz

Vineyard visit, wine tasting and wine museum.

The wine interpretation centre is the place to head for if you are a wine lover. The centre is packed with eveything you need to learn about (and taste) the fantastic wines of the Ronda region.

Education is a basic purpose of the wine interpretation centre sothis is a place where you can ask questions and have a great time while you learn. This is also a place where you will encounter a multisensory experience. The museum is a gateway to the past with an amazing collection of antique objects related to wine and winemaking.

Find out more at the website of the wine interpretation centre here.

wine interpretation centre in ronda - vineyard visits in ronda

Kerkus Hostel – Montecorto near Ronda

If you are on your way across Andalucia and need a quiet place to stop off and rest for a night or two then the Kerkus Hostel situated in Montecorto Just 14 KM from Ronda is an ideal stopoff…

There is an outdoor pool and free WiFi. The rooms in the guest house are fitted with a flat-screen TV, private bathroom and a continental breakfast is served.

There is also a “Pet Friendly” room at the Kerkus Hostel so if you are travelling with your dog or other pet then this is one of the very few options in the area for you to stay.

More info and reserve online at booking.com…
https://www.booking.com/hotel/es/kerkus-hostel.en-gb.html?aid=1259227