Charming whitewashed towns and villages of southern Spain are as well-known as its sunny beaches and luxury resorts of the Costa del Sol. Pueblos blancos, as they are called in Spanish, have always drawn tourists due to their rural character, authentic national atmosphere, and a unique snow-white appearance. Clustered in the Malaga province, these picturesque whitewashed villages dominate the landscape and offer an unparalleled travel experience. Don’t miss the chance to wander along their narrow streets, admire the spectacular samples of mansions, fortresses, and Moorish architecture, and see a mixture of styles and epochs, all rubbing shoulders and competing for sublime popularity.
Uniquely located on both sides of a 100-meter gorge, Ronda cannot be overlooked by local and international visitors. Rightly called one of the most beautiful towns in the Malaga province, it boasts having the blood-chilling 18th-century New Bridge over the El Tajo canyon. This artwork of architecture has become the third most visited landmark in Andalusia. Except the bridge, financially prosperous Ronda has earned a selling name due to its fascinating Old Town district, the historic Moorish quarter, the iconic bullfighting arena, and the vibrant Little Market neighborhood. Ronda’s houses are all elegant, adorned, and recognizably whitewashed, as befits the name of a pueblo blanco.
Exploring the Malaga province, you cannot overlook Mijas, which is known not only for a stretch of resorts and picturesque beach areas, but also for its inland Mijas Pueblo, hidden among green hills and offering spectacular views of the Mediterranean coast. This whitewashed village has retained its original appearance and rural way of life. What makes this town stand out from other pueblos blancos is the donkey taxi service that hordes of tourists prefer to try. Of particular interest are also the local bullring, the Muralla, and the museum of miniatures, the Carromato de Max.
The list of Malaga’s white-washed villages would be incomplete without Casares, a whitewashed village that is commonly known for its narrow streets and traditional white houses, squares and terraces, and an early medieval Moorish fortress overlooking the whole area. Casares is as beautiful as a postcard. What makes it special is its high altitude and amazing views of the nearest terrains. While visiting Casares, it is highly recommended to taste the mountain rabbit and “Casarena soup”. Staying here in August, one can witness the main fair of the region, commemorating the patron saint of Casares, Virgen del Rosario.
Villanueva de la Concepción
Villanueva is located in the heart of the region whose outlook has been shaped by bizarre limestone rock formations. Tourists not only come to see the unspoiled landscapes and the nearby El Torcal national park, they even buy property and land – so beautiful the area is. Great is not only the landscape, but the climate as well. Villanueva boasts a rare combination of southern heat and fresh mountain breezes. Though the population of the village hardly exceeds 3,000 people, the number of restaurants and bars is truly impressive. But first and foremost, Villanueva is a traditional Andalusian whitewashed village with winding streets, the 19th-century parish Church of Nuestra Señora, and a medieval Moorish castle.
Estepona is one of Malaga’s famous coastal towns, associated with beautiful sandy beaches ofthe Costa del Soland stunning sea views. A day in Estepona normally includes some relaxing hours on the safe and clean Playa del Cristo beach, a walk along cobblestone streets of Centro Historico decorated with terracotta pots and geraniums, a visit to the local Orchidarium which has the largest collection of orchid species in Europe or outdoor activities in the Sierra Bermeja mountains. In the evening, tourists gather in cafes and restaurants on Plaza de Flores or head to the La Rada beach and Paseo Maritimowaterfront walkway to watch the sunset.
Antequera is located right in the heart of Andalusia and can be comfortably reached from all major cities, such as Seville, Cordoba, or Granada. This lovely town has preserved its status and appearance of an Andalusian pueblo blanco, even though it is bigger than most villages of this kind. The most popular sites include Antequera’s 14th-century Alcazaba fortress in the Moorish style, the tightly-packed historical center, Antequera El Torcal nature reserve, the Menga and Viera Dolmens Bronze age tombs.