THE WHITEWASHED ANDALUCIAN VILLAGES.

The Pueblos Blancos are enchanting, off-the-beaten-track tourist destinations in the rolling hills of Las Alpujarras, Sierra de Grazalema, and Sierra Nevada nature parks.

Driving is the only way to arrive at these remote villages, but it’s worth making the detour or even a full itinerary through the countryside. The picturesque hilltop villages are scattered all over Andalusia’s unspoiled natural landscape with wonderful views of the snowcapped mountains and lush green valleys.

The villages are characterized by their quaint whitewashed houses clustered into the hillsides, influenced by the simple Berber aesthetic of the Moors who came from North Africa. Adding to the charm are the colorful potted flowers, narrow cobblestone lanes, and lovely little churches.

The gateway to the Pueblos Blancos is Arcos de la Frontera with its glowing white buildings arranged in a semicircle on a cliff top. Ronda is the most dramatic Pueblo Blanco, famous for bullfighting as well as stunning scenery. The village of Grazalema is nestled in a valley and surrounded by gorgeous hiking trails.