Spain: The Route of the White Villages of Andalusia

Among the numerous tourist attractions in Spain, the Route of the White Villages of Andalusia stands out for its cultural, historical, and scenic richness. When we talk about history, we mean that it is estimated that there have been human settlements in this area, located in the south of the country, for 250,000 years. Iberians, Romans, Visigoths, and Arabs have left their mark throughout this region.

The Route of the White Villages is an excellent way to explore the most authentic and lesser-known Andalusia. According to an article by Euronews, this route is considered one of Spain’s best-kept secrets, offering visitors a unique opportunity to discover the region’s history and culture in an unparalleled natural setting.

The White Villages owe their name to the custom of whitewashing the facades of the houses with lime, a practice that is not only aesthetic but also functional, as it helps keep the interiors cool during the hot Andalusian summers. This route allows visitors to delve into the history and traditions of Andalusia, combined with Arab heritage, and enjoy a varied landscape that includes mountains, valleys, and farmland.

One of the main starting points of this route is Arcos de la Frontera, a village perched on a hill that offers stunning panoramic views of the surroundings. Arcos is known for its old town, with narrow, winding streets, and monuments such as the Basilica of Santa María and the medieval Castle of Arcos.

Ronda, another highlight on the route, is famous for its impressive bridge that connects the two parts of the city, separated by a deep gorge. The city boasts numerous historical and cultural sites, such as the Plaza de Toros of Ronda, one of the oldest bullrings in Spain, and the Arab baths, dating back to the 13th century.

Grazalema, located in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, is known for its natural surroundings and hiking trails. This village stands out for its traditional architecture and its blanket factories, which represent one of the most important artisanal traditions in the area.

Another noteworthy village is Zahara de la Sierra, situated next to a reservoir and dominated by a ruined castle that offers spectacular views. This village is a perfect example of medieval defensive architecture and the harmonious integration of human constructions with the natural environment.

Setenil de las Bodegas is unique for its houses built directly into the rocks of the Trejo river canyon. This peculiar architectural arrangement provides a distinctive image that attracts numerous visitors each year. The streets Cuevas del Sol and Cuevas de la Sombra are particularly popular for their unique features.

In addition to these villages, the route includes other equally fascinating ones, such as Olvera, with its impressive church and castle; and Ubrique, famous for its tradition in leather goods manufacturing.

Exploring this route might perfectly fit into your future plans. Having residency in Spain, temporarily or permanently, is not an impossible goal.

Whether through a Golden Visa, a Digital Nomad visa, a Business Relocation visa, or a visa that allows you to retire in Spain (or its neighbor Portugal), AIM Global is prepared to guide you on the path to fulfilling your projects.

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