Cadiz Province - Villaluenga del Rosario

Of all the towns on the Pueblos Blancos route in the Sierra de Cadiz, this one sits at the highest altitude.

Situated within the natural park of the Sierra de Grazalema, its location offers such fascinating places as the La Yedra and La Rajada caves, where remains from the Neolithic period have been found.

Several monuments stand out, such as the 16th century church of San Miguel, the cemetery (once church) of El Salvador, and the bullring, which is built entirely out of stone.

There are many activities available in Villaluenga del Rosario, including hiking routes, both within the municipality and outside. The plains (known as the Llanos Republicanos, the Republican Plains) that give this route its name can be found behind the town. During the walk, visitors may enter two spectacular caverns. One of them is known as Boca de la Sima del Republicano and is one of the longest caves in Andalucia. You can get there by horse or bicycle. The caves are also used for caving.

The towns' most characteristic crafts are manufactured using cork and looms. Other products such as plant pots and leatherwork are only a handful of what you can find on offer in Villaluenga.

In terms of gastronomy, the town is known for its meat and sausages. Its most famous produce, however, is its payoyo cheese, which can only be found here, since it is made using milk from a goat that is unique to the area.

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As well as the many traditional holidays and celebrations of Spain and Andalucia, there are various key dates in the municipality's calendar, such as the La Velada de la Virgen del Rosario (on the first Sunday of October), la Fiesta de San Roque (during the third week of August) and a variety of traditional parties and fairs.

The distance between Villaluenga del Rosario and the provincial capital is around 117 km. To get there, first take the AP-4 (direction Jerez), then head onto the A-382, and once you have passed Arcos take the A-373. After Ubrique the A-374 leads you directly to the town.

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