The third day of visit to Andalusia has arrived. We plan to travel around Ronda and stay longer in four white towns, the so-called Pueblos Blancos. They are characterized by the fact that the buildings in them are located white. Inhabitants of some cities, as befits their homes, also buy white cars. Below I put a map of our route. We didn’t stay in all the places we passed, but only in the more interesting ones, that is: Setenil de las Bodegas, Olvera, Zahara and Grazalema.
Map of today’s route: here
Setenil de las Bodegas- city in the rock
On the way to Setenil de las Bodegas we pass through a place called Arriate. We got lost a bit and thanks to that we went around this town.
Below I present to you Setenil de las Bodegas. The town is completely different from the others and stands out from the rest. We can see houses crowned not with a roof, but with a huge rock massif. It’s worth photographing the place from above (it is best to leave your car here), as well as go down and walk through the tangle of narrow streets. You can’t miss the most beautiful of them, Calle Cuevas del Sol, where you can sit in one of the bars and have breakfast under the rocks. In Setenil de las Bodegas flows a small river or stream that gives the charm of the village.
Just behind Setenil de las Bodegas on the route towards Olvera we can admire the next rock formations. We stop the car at the side of the road and take pictures.
Then, we pass through the town of Torre Alháquime. We don’t get out of the car, we only photograph the views through the glass.
Panorama of Olvera
On the way to Olvery, it’s worth stopping next to Santuario Ntra. Señora de los Remedios. You can clearly see the city panorama from here. We met a painter and a cameraman recording it here.
Olvera- what to see
Olvera is a small city that looks beautiful from the very entrance to the village. The medieval fortified castle and church located on the hill are clearly visible from here. The hill is extremely picturesque and is Olvery’s main postcard. You can drive a car to the top, where the car park is located, leave the car there and visit both monuments. Admission to the castle now costs 2 euros, we don’t enter the church, but I think it is open to visitors.
From Olvera we head to Zahara. We take photos just outside the city, this time from the west.
We go further along the scenic route to Zahara. On the way, we stop at the place where the city panorama is best seen.
The most beautiful pueblos Blancos cities-Zahara
Zahara is one of the most beautiful white towns. At the top of the village there is a small castle from which there are unearthly views of the beautiful surroundings. Particularly noteworthy is the large azure lake at the foot of the city. You will also love the surrounding hills of the National Park de la Sierra de Grazalema. In addition to the necessary visit to the castle, it’s also worth paying attention to the architecture and taking a walk on the narrow streets of the city. For those hungry or thirsty a nice option is a visit to a pub with a view of the Meson Los Estribos lake.
Sierra de Grazalema
As we approach Grazalema, the last town on our travel map, the weather goes bad. The sun hides behind the clouds, which makes the place seem sad and extinct.
We enter the town and park in one of the car parks. There are signs to find it, there is no problem finding free space. Grazalema is a small town located in the Sierra de Grazalema National Park. In March we are probably the only tourists here. The town looks a bit abandoned, nothing is happening here. This climate suits me, sometimes I like a break from civilization.
The most characteristic place in Grazalema is a tiny square with trees of strange shape. In addition to white houses, interesting architectural objects are the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Aurora, the Church of San Juan and the Monument of Toro de Cuerda.
After a visit to Grazalema we come back to Ronda for the night. I think four towns are a good amount for a day trip around Pueblos Blancos. It’s worth seeing all the places we visited, because each of them is different. Zahara is my favorite, maybe because I love water. In turn, Wojtek’s- Setenil de las Bodegas. Everyone will like something different. And which one do you like the most?
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