THE FIFTEEN MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES IN ANDALUCIA
The list of beautiful villages in Andalucia is increasing with time. Every day there are more Andalucian villages that are committed to value their historical, natural and cultural heritage. The goal is to attract national and international tourists.
The attraction of these villages does not always lie in their religious or civil monuments, although many have beautiful old churches and remains of medieval castles, among other buildings of interest.
The urban structure of these Andalucian villages is usually typical of the old medieval villages with narrow and steep streets, dotted with white houses.
The most beautiful villages of Andalucia are found both inland and on the coast. In natural environments that in many cases are of extraordinary value, such as Playa del Palmar in Vejer de la Frontera, or Parque Natural de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas in Cazorla.
1. NERJA AND FRIGILIANA
The eastern Costa del Sol is home to towns like Nerja, Torrox and Frigiliana. Its beaches can be enjoyed throughout the year thanks to a climate that is considered to be one of the best in Europe. Spectacular beaches, such as those found in the Maro Natural Park, combine with the typical charm of whitewashed houses and narrow streets of local villages, to make this place a paradise of sea and mountains.
2. SANTIPONCE, SEVILLA
Located just 7km outside of Sevilla, Santiponce is not to be missed. Built on the ruins of the Roman ancient city of Italica, this town was founded in the second century BC and was declared an archaeological site of interest by the Cultural and Historical Heritage Society, making it wonderful for lovers of history and culture. Its amphitheater and the Monastery of San Isidoro del Campo, were declared National Monuments in 1872.
3. CONIL DE LA FRONTERA, CÁDIZ
When following the White Villages of Cadiz route, the picturesque town of of Conil is the perfect stop for fried fish, seafood and sherry, all while enjoying the fabulous beaches known as El Palmar. Here, visitors are sure to applaud one of the most beautiful sunsets in Andalucia and a stunning example of a historical centre of typical maritime life.
4. MOJÁCAR, ALMERÍA
5. EL ROMPIDO, HUELVA
The fishing village of El Rompido, Huelva, is located in the natural setting of La Flecha in the Costa de la Luz. Here lies one of the most precious jewels of Spain’s natural beauty, Nueva Umbria Beach, a strip of fine golden sand located between the Atlantic and the Piedra Rivers. An ideal place for lovers of pristine beaches and serenity even during the month of August.
6.ÚBEDA AND BAEZA, JAÉN
Travelling to Ubeda and Baeza in Jaén is like being transported back in time to a chivalrous era of the Renaissance. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, its monuments are of extraordinary beauty and together form a collection of magnificent, stately homes, churches and singular, charming squares, surrounded by three national parks. An ideal place from which to visit the Cazorla Natural Park.
7. PRIEGO DE CÓRDOBA
Along the Route of the Caliphate, Priego de Córdoba captivates visitors thanks to an extraordinary Baroque monuments and its prime location in the Subbéticas Natural Park. It is a charming village that highlights its typically Andalucian appearance and is surrounded by the ancient walls and towers. Another of the town’s strengths is its cuisine, made with their famous olive oil.
8. MARBELLA, MÁLAGA
On the Costa del Sol is Marbella, home to the most luxurious marina in Europe, Puerto Banus. Marbella is a paradise for beach lovers and glamour, but do not forget the old town and the famous Plaza de los Naranjos, accessible by narrow, white streets. This corner gives a glimpse of the tiny, typical Andalucian village it once was.
Ronda is one of the most popular villages in Spain because of its spectacular valley and is located next to Grazalema, one of the most beautiful villages that make up the region’s White Village Route. This offers a chance to wander through its cobbled streets and enjoy whitewashed houses decorated with geraniums, near the Natural Park of Grazalema, which is designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
10. LANJARÓN, GRANADA
Lanjarón is located in the only place in Spain chosen as candidate for one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the National Park of Sierra Nevada in Granada. The most characteristic feature of this town is definitely its water springs, which are fed by the snows of the Sierra Nevada, offering with medicinal properties discovered in the late eighteenth century. No tourist should miss its Mudejar-style spa.
11. VEJER DE LA FRONTERA
Vejer de la Frontera has been showing off for being one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. It was declared Historic Artistic Complex in 1976. Its historical centre is a beautiful network of steep and narrow streets. An ancient Arab castle crowns the walled enclosure of the old village.
Vejer de la Frontera also has one of the few virgin beaches that are preserved in Andalucia, Playa del Palmar.
12. ZAHARA DE LA SIERRA
Zahara de la Sierra is one of the Andalucian villages in the mountain range of Cadiz whose urban helmet is declared Artistic Historical Complex. Another Andalucian village crowned by an old castle; in this case, Nazari a castle of the 13th century. Its narrow and steep streets are dotted with white houses, occupying the skirts of the Jaral mountain range. You will also enjoy contemplating its surroundings, declared Natural Park.
If you want to experience one of its most emblematic festivals, visit Zahara de la Sierra on the day of the Corpus, a festivity of National Tourist Interest.
13. SETENIL DE LAS BODEGAS
Setenil de las Bodegas is another of the charming Andalucian villages in the highlands of Cádiz. One of the main attractions of this town is its hamlet built in the rocks, which is an example of a type of housing called “shelter under rocks”. The rocks make of roof or seat of the houses located at different levels.
In the highest part of the town is located the tower of the homage of an old castle.
Genalguacil is one of the many beautiful villages of the Serrania de Ronda. The singularity of this Andalucian village lies in its original works of art distributed between the streets and squares of its urban centre. They are the result of the Art Encounters of the Genal Valley. An event held in the village since 1994.
Artists from different disciplines gather in the village to work and share ideas, during the first two weeks of August. The works they do in those days stay in the village, to be part of their heritage. There are also other cultural and leisure activities; musical performances, theatrical performances, parades, conferences and workshops.
The charm and beauty of this Andalucian village is the result of nature and the men who have populated it over the years. It is a paradise for lovers of rural and active tourism. Its natural heritage is part of the Natural Park of Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas, in the province of Jaén.
You will be able to contemplate wonderful landscapes from the viewpoints located in strategic places of its urban helmet. The Castle of Yedra (or the Four Corners) crowns the village. The Palace of Chains is another of the outstanding monuments of Cazorla.
WHERE TO STAY
If you wish to discover this unusual side of Andalucía, don’t hesitate to stay at the best hotels. Without a doubt, the best option is Fuerte Hoteles. The chain has facilities where, apart from the regular services, you can enjoy the best of each spot in the Andalucian geography. Its over 50 years’ experience is the best warranty so you can devote your time to discovering these unusual corners. Marbella, Conil, Grazalema, El Rompido, Estepona or Torrox are some of the places where you can find amazing accommodation facilities near the spots we have recommended for you.