Setenil de las Bodegas
Setenil is perhaps the most unique of the white towns in terms of architecture and topography. Built in a, S-shaped gorge, getting there is at first a bit confusing but extremely rewarding. When I first got to Setenil I never expected I'd come back as often as I do now. I couldn't find a place to park and the streets I walked along were too steep. Why do I like it so much now? Well, experience has allowed me to design a specific route to cover the many interesting spots to visit in a relaxed itinerary. Its castle and upper viewpoints offer one of the best vantage points to admire the moorish layout of the village. Walking down towards the Trejo river gets you into very pleasant narrow streets and bridges. The walk along the river is just amazing, it gets you to walk literraly under a rock! Then you find yourself in the Cuevas -Spanish for caves- streets, where you can enjoy a drink as you feel protected under the massive rock above your head. It is a village one should allow a couple of hours to visit. Near Setenil lays the old roman town of Acinipo, which holds a nice roman theater and a few more ruins.
Zahara de la Sierra
Imagine a little white-washed town with a castle overlooking a light blue lake. That is Zahara de la Sierra, the pearl of the white villages of Spain. Zahara is a small village full of history and very well connected to Ronda by road. Its natural surroundings are also worth a mention, being famous for its many hiking trails and wildlife of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. The mountains near Zahara are simply impressive and well forested. I believe Zahara is perhaps the most photogenic of the white towns, specially if you see it from a distance, both at daylight and also in the evening. But going into the town is itself a very rewarding experience too. Zahara offers a set of viewpoints overlooking the lake, besides a castle and a pretty well taken care of upper district. There are two main churches also worth a visit. A few nice bars -with views- are set at the very top of the village, with a busy but nice avenue planted with orange trees. Those with good strength will be tempted to hike up the castle's main tower, which remains open to the public and is also a unique experience.
Grazalema is the most "pure" of the white towns in Spain because of its homogeneous architecture and outstanding location. It is here where the white is really white, interrupted by the red geraniums scaping the metal bars in the windows. The town is nicely paved and the whole village is very well maintained. Grazalema has a reputation for its nice natural products, such as the payoyo cheese, whool shawls, honey and pastry-making. The air is extremely clean and the impressive mountains are quite close to the town, inviting you into a few nice hiking trails, such as the Llanos del Endrinal. Grazalema¡s hostory is as rich as those of the other white villages, offering the tourist the chance to see a few Visigothic fountains of extremely beauty, not found elsewhere in the Serranía de Ronda. The recreation of the banditism (October) and the relsease of a bull in the streets "Toro de cuerda" (July) are also events worth visiting.
Visit the white villages near Ronda
I enjoy showing the history and the hidden corners of these or other white villages, it has turned out to be a very popular trip for travelers based in Ronda. I propose you a guided route along these three interesting white villages. The whole tour takes around 7 h and includes a delicious local lunch. To enjoy a relaxed tour is advisable to avoid weekends if possible. Please email me for a quote.
- 1 person: 200 eur
- 2 people: 110 eur each
- 3 people: 90 eur each
- 4 people: 80 eur each
- 5 people: 70 eur each
- 6 people: 60 eur each
- 7 people: 50 eur each