Pueblos Blancos in Cádiz Province

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.

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. It is similar in flora and fauna to the… More →

Jimena de la Frontera is a historic village located about 35 kilometers inland from San Roque on the road and railway to Ronda. Surrounded by the Los Alcornocales Natural Park and at around 200… More →

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. The village is easiest reached from the A-… More →

One of the many white villages in the province of Cádiz, Algar looks towards the north-eastern end of the extensive Guadalacacin reservoir, from where its inhabitants and visitors can enjoy… More →

Famous for its vegetables and abundant water, this pueblo blanco in the Parque Natural de Grazalema has a long history. In fact, you can see a Roman calzada (road) 3km outside the village, which… More →

This white village, in the north of Cadiz province, is located in an area rich with wildlife, on the Embalse de Bornos (Bornos Resevoir), as well as offering many interesting historic sites. It… More →

The white village of Zahara de la Sierra has one of the most stunning settings in the province of Cadiz, if not the whole of Andalucia.

Puerto Serrano is a farming town in undulating countryside on the north-western edge of the Sierra de Cadiz. The town is situated just off the Seville to Ronda road, close to the border with… More →

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… More →

This pretty white town in the Sierra de Cadiz dates from Muslim times; it closely resembles Berber towns in the hills of north Africa. Torre Alhamique's name comes from the Arabic Al Hakin family… More →

A town located in the Sierra of Cadiz, part of the white town route and whose municipality boundaries stretch into the National Parks of Alcornocales and Grazalema. Around 4km from the town,… More →

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. It is bordered… More →

There has been a human settlement on the site of Olvera for more than two thousand years. Archaeological findings suggest this verdant agricultural region north-east of Ronda was an important area… More →

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… More →

Benalup-Casas Viejas, in the Province of Cádiz, is a traditionally agricultural town, whose economy and tourist industry is enjoying healthy growth. It has been described as a young town with a… More →

Ubrique is a picturesque pueblo blanco (white town) in the Serrania de Ronda Mountains of Cadiz province. Spectacularly situated in front of the crag of the Cruz de Tajo, the town follows the… More →

One of Andalucia's most dramatically positioned pueblos blancos (white villages), Arcos balances atop a rocky limestone ridge, its whitewashed houses and stone castle walls stopping abruptly as a… More →

One of towns that on the famous white towns (Pueblos Blancos) route that can be reached through the Sierra of Cadiz. Although the town is of Muslim origin, we know it was inhabited in prehistoric… More →

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. It is also known as the ‘Balcony of the White Villages’… More →

This town in the Sierra de Cadiz, near Arcos de la Fontera, is part of the Ruta de Pueblos Blancos (the White Towns Route). It has its own 400-hectare nature reserve - the Reserva Natural del… More →

Named after its once flourishing wineries - bodegas - Setenil is probably unique among the pueblos blancos, white villages, of Andalucia. Where most pueblos blancos were built on protective bluffs… More →

El Bosque is is 32 kilometers east of Arcos de la Frontera and 18 kilometers west of Grazalema. It is 287 meters about sea level and in easy reach of the Parque Natural de la Sierra de Grazalema,… More →

Sitting in the centre of the province of Cadiz, Paterna de Rivera is at the crossroads of the Ruta del Toro. Connecting Medina Sidonia to the south-west with Alcalá de los Gazules to the east, and… More →

Alcalá de los Gazules is a spectacularly located historic hilltop pueblo blanco (white town) with stunning architecture. The town is situated in the middle of Cadiz province on the A-381 road from… More →

If you are exploring the N340 Costa de la Luz coast road, you'd be wise to make time for a wander around Vejer. This classic white village on the hilltop is well worth a visit. It is actually 10… More →

Medina Sidonia is an unspoilt, ancient hilltop town, little-known despite its important history. The town was one of Spain's most important ducal seats in the 15th century; producing an admiral… More →

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. It is surrounded by lush… More →

This lovely, picturesque village is located in the mountains of Cádiz Province. It’s located 113 kilometres from Cádiz City and is known for its hang gliding school – the largest in Andalucia –… More →

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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