Cadiz Province - Pueblos Blancos

White villages Pueblo bancos, Cadiz, Andalucia © Michelle Chaplow
The white villages of Cadiz, Clockwise - Vejer de la Frontera, Zahara de la Sierra, Torre Alhaquime and Arcos de la Fontera. © Michelle Chaplow

The inland pueblos blancos (white towns) are well known for their unique beauty and spectacular settings - invariably hilltop locations, with the whitewashed houses huddled around a ruined castle.

Although the most famous of the white towns is Ronda, in Malaga province, Cadiz province can claim many for its own. Often the names of these pueblos blancos in Cadiz are testament to the towns´ significant past as settlements built to defend the respective territories of the Christians and the Muslims; the frequently seen suffix "de la frontera" of a white town place name refers to its historical border position.

Alcalá de los Gazules Alcalá del Valle
Alcalá de los Gazules is situated right in the centre of the Province of Cádiz, between sea and mountain. It is just 23 kilometers east of the village of Medina Sidonia.
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Although the town is of Muslim origin, we know it was inhabited in prehistoric times.
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Algar Algodonales
One of the many white villages in the province of Cádiz, Algar looks towards the north-eastern end of the extensive Guadalacacin reservoir.
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This lovely, picturesque village is located in the mountains of Cádiz Province. It’s located 113 kilometres from Cádiz City.
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Arcos de la Frontera Benaocaz
One of Andalucia's most dramatically positioned pueblos blancos (white villages), Arcos balances atop a rocky limestone ridge
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Famous for its vegetables and abundant water, this pueblo blanco in the Parque Natural de Grazalema has a long history.
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Benaulp-Casas Viejas Bornos
Benalup-Casas Viejas, in the Province of Cádiz, is a traditionally agricultural town, whose economy and tourist industry is enjoying healthy growth
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Just northeast of the Cola del Embalse de Arcos Natural Area, is the Embalse de Bornos, which has its northeastern arm designated as a 630ha protected area.
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Castellar de la Frontera Zahara de la Sierra
The old village of Castellar de la Frontera is perched high on a hilltop in the province of Cadiz, with commanding views over the Guadarranque reservoir.
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The white village of Zahara de la Sierra is one of the most stunning images in the Province of Cadiz.
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El Bosque El Gastor
El Bosque is is 32 kilometers east of Arcos de la Frontera and 18 kilometers west of Grazalema.
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The village of El Gastor is just off the main road north-west from Ronda to Algodonales and a few kilometres from Zahara de la Sierra.
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Espera Grazalema
Situated close to the Seville/Cadiz provincial border is the 438ha Complejo Endorreico de Espera Natural Reserve, with three lakes: Hondilla, Salada de Zorrilla and Dulce de Zorrilla.
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Located in a high valley over 800m in the Sierra del Endrinal and dominated by the magnificent rocky outcrop known as Peñon Grande, the pretty mountain village of Grazalema is most popular base for visitors to the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park
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Jimena de la Frontera Medina Sidonia
Jimena de la Frontera is a historic village located about 35 kilometers inland from San Roque on the road and railway to Ronda
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Medina Sidonia is an unspoilt, little known ancient hill-top town despite its important history.
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Olvera Paterna de Rivera
There has been a human settlement on the site of Olvera for more than two thousand years.
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Sitting in the centre of the province of Cadiz, Paterna de Rivera is at the crossroads of the Ruta del Toro.
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Prado del Rey Puerto Serrano
The town is located in the Sierra of Cadiz its municipality boundaries stretch into the National Parks of Alcornocales and Grazalema.
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It's the starting point of the well-known Via Verde de la Sierra.
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San José del Valle Setenil de las Bodegas
The village of San José del Valle lies to the east of the main road linking Paterna de Rivera and Arcos de la Frontera, not far from the large Guadalacatín reservoir.
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Named after its once flourishing wineries - bodegas - Setenil is probably unique among the pueblos blancos, white villages, of Andalucia.
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Torre Alhaquime Trebujena
This pretty white town in the Sierra de Cadiz dates from Muslim times; it closely resembles Berber towns in the hills of north Africa.
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Known as a splendid place to see breathtaking sunsets, the village of Trebujena lies to the north of Jerez de la Frontera, on the main road from San Lucar de Barrameda to Lebrija.
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Ubrique Vejer de la Frontera
Ubrique is a picturesque Pueblo Blanco (white town) in the hills of the Serrania de Ronda Mountains.
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If you are exploring the N340 Costa de la Luz coast road, you'd be wise to make time for a wander around Vejer.
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Villaluenga del Rosario Villamartín
Of all the towns on the Pueblos Blancos route in the Sierra de Cadiz, this one sits at the highest altitude.
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This white town in the Sierra of Cadiz preserves many important historical remains, and is situated on the Guadalete River.
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In the heart of Cadiz, the white village of Arcos de la Frontera. © Michelle Chaplow
In the heart of Cadiz, the white village of Arcos de la Frontera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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