The route of the White Villages of Cádiz (A perfect roadtrip)


Driving on the route of the white villages of Cádiz is one of the best roadtrip you can do in southern Spain. Villages of immaculate white with a peculiar charm in a unique mountain range full of contrasts. Roads full of curves and spectacular ports such as Las Palomas in Grazalema. A beautiful getaway from Cádiz, Seville or Malaga to put a spot of color to a perfect vacation.

Route of the white villages of Cádiz

Where does this route come from?

Simpler impossible. His name is due to white facade colors of the houses that make up this route, something characteristic of the area due to the use of lime to repel the scorching heat of summer. Try to touch a wall in summer of white lime, you will see that it remains very cold even with the sun making its own.

Zahara de la Sierra

Much of these villages are within the peculiar Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, a place that although many sound strange, is the point with the highest rainfall rate in the entire Iberian Peninsula.

The route by rental car

We traveled the route of the white villages in rental car, with the SIXT company, as it offers cars with less than 6 months and very competitive prices. The route covers 19 villages in the provinces of Cádiz Y Malaga with a very mountainous route in several sections and ideal to enjoy driving (in convertible or by motorcycle better).

White villages of Cádiz

The ideal is to spend at least 2 nights in the area, since it has beautiful rural hotels in very picturesque villages. In addition, in this route you can do many outdoor activities such as trekking wave Mountain bike, although what the majority prefers is to enjoy the views, the gastronomy and to stroll through the narrow streets of these unique towns.

In summer it is a Ideal getaway from the beaches of Cádiz, since they are only one hour away. You change the beach for the mountain, and the car is the perfect way to visit these villages.

The villages that form the route

They are 19 villages those that form the route of the white villages of Cádiz and Málaga:

White Villages Map
  • Alcala del Valle
  • Algar
  • Cotton
  • Arches of the Border
  • Benaocaz
  • Terminals
  • The forest
  • The gastor
  • Wait
  • Grazalema
  • Olvera
  • Prado del Rey
  • Puerto Serrano
  • Setenil de las Bodegas
  • Alháquime Tower
  • Ubrique
  • Villaluenga del Rosario
  • Villamartin
  • Zahara de la Sierra

The ones that caught our attention

Although all have charm, if we have to choose we are left with five. They are the ones that excited us the most, we explain why.

  1. Arches of the Border
  2. Grazalema
  3. Olvera
  4. Setenil de las Bodegas
  5. Zahara de la Sierra

The magnificent 5 of the white villages route

1 Arches of the Border

It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Arcos de la Frontera is the gateway of the White Villages and one of the jewels of the province of Cádiz. No doubt its narrow streets full of memories of when the Muslims reigned.Arches of the Border It is a fortress among fortresses and it is not surprising to be amazed at its impressive location. It is wonderful to see those churches, palaces and convents created during the thriving Christian era still seeing those white houses dominating the Andalusian horizon.

This town deserves a good morning, as it is worth getting lost in its narrow streets, visiting each viewpoint and, above all, finishing in one of its classic restaurants. By the way, the views from the restaurant of the National Parador They are impressive.

Arches of the Border
Arches of the Border

More about Arcos de la Frontera:

  • Arcos de la Frontera location
  • Eat at Alcaraban Bar (Good, nice and cheap)
  • See more about Arcos de la Frontera (Tour and experience)
  • Recommendation! .Tours in Arcos de la Frontera

2 Grazalema

Grazalema is located in the Natural Park of the Sierra de Grazalema. We met the town entering through a mountain pass on CA-9123 and A-372 coming from Setenil de las Bodegas. Already the views of the mountains and the white villages on the rise of the port lit one of the most beautiful places on the route of the white villages. Leaving the car at the entrance (there is a bigger parking calling them Asomaderos, entering the town), since the town was up to the flag, we walked to the main town square where they are numerous terraces To have the appetizer. The Church of Our Lady of Aurora and at the top of Grazalema, the Church of San José, are two of the main points of the town.


More about Grazalema:

  • Grazalema's location
  • See the views from the Mirador of Puerto del Boyar

3 Olvera

From a distance Olvera already caught our attention. Kilometers ago you could see the Arab Castle and theOur Lady of the Incarnation Parish, two of the points to visit in this beautiful town of Cadiz. The second one will be called a parish, but in appearance one could say that it looks like a Cathedral, since it is really huge. We recommend you walk up the Llana street, since the balconies and the views towards the parish make the climb much more bearable.

In high season parking in Olvera is a challenge, so do not even think twice, park down and climb those large slopes until you reach the town hall square or the castle.


More about Olvera:

4 Setenil de las Bodegas

It is possibly one of the most photographed villages on the White Villages route. It is famous for the uniqueness of the river Guadalporcún that crosses it, since it leaves in its path a huge pit or crevice. In addition, because it is a town at different heights, you can see in the lower part next to the river to the river many caves, where today there are many restaurants, shops and inhabited caves.

At the top of the town is the castle. We decided to park in the highest part of the town to go down from above and walk its narrow streets, then finish in the river area and have a snack on the terraces next to the caves. An ideal plan!

Setenil de las Bodegas
Setenil de las Bodegas

More about Setenil de las Bodegas:

5 Zahara de las Sierra

For the end we leave Zahara de la Sierra, the town where we decided to spend the night and an ideal option to be halfway to the white villages. The views towards the Guadalete river reservoir They are really spectacular. The climb to the highest point of the town, a short route that goes to the tower of tribute It is very worth it. The whole town is beautiful, but what struck us the most was the spectacular dusk from the tower, a TO-DO that must be done on the route of the white villages.

Zahara de la Sierra
Zahara de la Sierra

More about Zahara de la Sierra:

  • Zahara de la Sierra location
  • See more about Zahara de la Sierra (Tour and experience)

Practical data

Before leaving for the white villages

  • Search and compare flights at the best price
  • Guide of Cádiz
  • Car rental found a 15% discount

What is the best time?

The best time to make the route of the white villages is during the spring and from September to November. It is a good time to see the green fields, it is not too cold or hot and in spring, the best time, the fields are at their best.

Where to sleep?

In Zahara de la Sierra

  • Hotel Rural Los Tadeos. From € 69
  • Hostal Marques de Zahara. Our choice, right in the center. From € 49

In Grazalema

  • Hotel Fuerte Grazalema. It has the most spectacular pool in the Sierra de Grazalema. The location, wonderful. From € 65
  • Cortinas Salinas. Andalusian air and romantic rooms. From € 100

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