Tour of some of the most beautiful white villages in the province of Malaga
Malaga treasures an endless number of evocative little towns, where nature, fresh air and the traditional spirit take centre stage. Today we visit some of the most beautiful white villages in the Andalusian province.
It is a municipality located in the west of the province of Malaga, being one of the towns that make up the Serrania de Ronda.
In the municipality we can find part of the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, which allows us to observe natural monuments such as the Vallecillo holm oak, more than three metres in diameter and of incalculable age, which preserves all its branches.
Its urban layout is of Arabic physiognomy, although it also consists of constructions of unquestionable interest, such as the arch in Calle Altillo or the church of the Purísima Concepción, from the XVI century. Walking along its streets we will observe that the paving is present in many of them and that the walls of many of the houses are made up of whitewashed masonry and windows with ironwork.
At present, the municipality has a musical group of verdiales that offers the visitor the possibility of knowing the typical music of this type of regions of Malaga.
The village of Benaoján is located in the Serranía de Ronda, between the limestone massif of the Sierra de Líbar and the river Guadiaro. It borders on the neighbouring municipalities of Ronda, Montejaque, Cortes de la Frontera, Jimera de Líbar and Alpandeire.
The natural environment of Benaoján is of an extraordinary beauty because it is located in the Parque Natural de Grazalema and to few kilometres from the Parque Natural de Los Alcornocales and the Sierra de Las Nieves.
It has some of the most interesting caves and shelters of the Serrania de Ronda, we can’t miss two of them because of their spectacularity and importance. One of them is the Cueva del Gato, which is actually the southern mouth of a complex hydrogeological system. The entrance to the cave can be reached by a footbridge over the river.
Another cave worth visiting is the Cueva de la Pileta. This is a cave with cave paintings from the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods. The cave has numerous paintings and engravings in the Franco-Cantabrian style, with representations of horses, fish, goats, etc.
In the easternmost part of the La Axarquía region of Málaga, in the Sierras de Almijara, Tejeda y Alhama Nature Park, you can discover the town of Frigiliana, with a population of approximately 3,000, overlooking the Mediterranean.
At three hundred metres above sea level and with a subtropical microclimate, its praised and award-winning Historical Quarter, of Moorish heritage, emerges, as if waking up from the past, where the narrow, winding and steep streets, the passageways, the adarves and ravelins form a singular urban network of small houses that climb one above the other.
The first prize for the beautification of the villages of Spain, obtained in 1982, was surely the starting point for establishing Frigiliana as a tourist destination. Since then, all the attractions of the municipality have been taken care of and enhanced, making a point of attracting tourists not only to its unique old town, but also to other elements that, together, have made Frigiliana one of the most popular destinations in the province.
Its geographical location, in the heart of the Natural Park and just five minutes from the coast, its festivals and traditions, with the 3 Cultures Festival at the head, its gastronomy, with a local cuisine in which sugar cane honey is the star, its praised old town, and an exceptional climate throughout the year, among other attractions, have all resulted in Frigiliana being increasingly visited.
Nerja is a fishing and agricultural municipality in Spain, belonging to the province of Malaga. It is located in the easternmost part of the Costa del Sol and bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, bordering the province of Granada.
Its subtropical climate and 320 days of sunshine a year make Nerja the ideal place for relaxation tourism and the enjoyment of numerous water activities such as boat trips along our coasts or kayaking excursions where you can enter impressive caves, as well as many other activities and excursions in Nerja. In the centre of the town we can enjoy one of the most emblematic places in Spain, the Balcony of Europe promenade, where you can enjoy magnificent views of the Mediterranean Sea and most of the Nerja coastline, as it is situated at the top of the cliffs.
The old town has typical architecture of the Andalusian villages, houses with interior courtyards and whitewashed facades, with cobbled and paved streets that make it an ideal place to walk and shop for typical products of the area such as muscatel wine, cane honey, handicrafts and many products derived from their agriculture. Finally, we recommend visiting the Cueva de Nerja. Located in the district of Maro, this cave is of great archaeological interest because of its cave paintings, which are dated as one of the oldest in Spain.
It brings together a set of attractions that make it an ideal destination for inland and nature tourism. This town of Arab origin has several monuments of historical and cultural interest. The Casa del Torreón, the church of San Andrés and the hermitage of the Virgen de la Esperanza are the main architectural references of the town, included in the Mudéjar Route of the region of La Axarquía. The municipality is located in the Parque Natural de las Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama. Such a privileged location gives it a great ecological and landscape richness. Among its places, the Cerriles de la Fuente stands out, where two streams join creating the river Sedella.
The municipality of Yunquera is located in a privileged territory: the heart of the Sierra de las Nieves. Because of this, it is at an altitude of 681 metres and 61 kilometres separate it from the provincial capital, Málaga.
Among its places of interest is the Torre Vigía or Castle, which served as a watchtower for the Spanish troops fighting Napoleon in the war of Spanish independence.
What is left of the Ermita (hermitage), some 500 metres from the village, is not wasted either. In the past, it was connected to the castle, located in the highest part of the village, by means of a tunnel. The current remains show that it was a Christian hermitage and a Baroque worship centre (16th-18th centuries).
Because of its privileged location, Yunquera has one of the most important Spanish fir forests in the region and enjoys a privileged environment.
The “Smurf village” has snuck into the travel guides after “dyeing” itself blue. The residents of this municipality of the Serranía de Ronda have painted all their houses in this colour after being chosen to promote the film of the characters created by the cartoonist Peyo. But Júzcar offers more. Next to the church of Santa Catalina, from the 16th century, the beauty of the chestnut grove of the Genal stands out.
In the south of the region of the Serranía de Ronda, and at the foot of the Sierra del Hacho, is Gaucín, known for its beautiful views as the “Balcony of the Serranía”. From this white town you can contemplate the Crestellina mountain range, the Genal valley and the Mediterranean. Its Castillo del Águila has been one of the strategic defence points over the centuries, from the Roman era to the French invasion and the Carlist Wars. The history, its natural surroundings and its white houses decorated with bars and balconies, the work of craftsmen from the forge and the forge, are some of the reasons why Gaucín will conquer you.
Ronda is located in the most northwestern part of the province of Málaga (Andalusia – Spain), in a basin surrounded by mountains of great continuity and medium altitude, giving it a magical character that, together with its climatic, hydrological, vegetation and soil characteristics, have determined it throughout its rich and diverse history.
Its famous “Tajo” is internationally known, a geographical barrier that served in past years as a natural defence for the inhabitants of this place. Ronda is a cradle for cultural tourism as it has a huge heritage wealth. If you come, you can visit the Islamic walls and gates, the bullring, the palace of the Marquis of Salvatierra or the cave of La Pileta, among many other monuments. Ronda’s bullfighting tradition makes one of its festivals, “la corrida Goyesca”, one of the most outstanding and original in the field of bullfighting.
This small village in the Axarquía region of Málaga is part of the well-known “Raisin Route”. The vineyards surround a natural landscape that combines all kinds of greenery with the endearing image of the “paseros” (raisin dryers). El Borge preserves its Muslim origin of narrow steep streets and it was in its mosque where years later the Catholic Kings built the church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario. The temple preserves the Moorish tower of Al- Borg, which later would be the origin of the name of this town and a must visit. If you go to El Borge you have to try its star product, the raisin, and enjoy a quiet walk through its charming streets, the park of La Alcua and the warmth of its people.
The beautiful picture of an endless number of little white houses climbing up the slopes of the Sierra de Mijas contrasts with the intense green of the pines offering us one of the most recognizable and picturesque images of Andalusia.
The village is made up of three urban nuclei which are; Mijas Pueblo, located at the foot of the Sierra of the same name at 430 m above sea level, Las Lagunas is the most modern part of the municipality, linked to Fuengirola, and La Cala, located on the seashore with more than 12km of coast where the municipality offers a large number of beaches for all tastes.
With its typical Andalusian aesthetics of white houses and flower pots on the facades, it is a pleasure for the senses to walk through its streets. If you come to this place do not miss the Wall, the surroundings of the bullring or the viewpoint where the Virgen de la Peña is located. As a curiosity it is very interesting to visit the “Carromato de Max”, a museum of miniatures where you can enjoy authentic works of art made from a lentil, a grain of rice or the head of a pin.
The natural, artistic and patrimonial wealth of this municipality makes it one of the most beautiful places in the heart of Andalusia. We can take a tour from prehistoric times to the present day just by observing the city’s monuments. The dolmens, collegiate churches, convents and manor houses adorn a privileged urban environment.
But it is not only the village itself, within its municipal area is one of the most important karst natural areas in Spain: El Torcal.
Enjoy its streets and its art and, above all, do not fail to give a whim to the palate. Try the typical mollete, “la porra” from Antequera and the convent sweets.
You can’t miss it if you travel to the province of Malaga, a place as emblematic as Archidona is. Its famous Plaza Ochavada is a reference point for Andalusian Baroque art and is the symbol of the municipality. Similar to an old corral de comedias it is nowadays the place where most of the municipal events take place. This town in Malaga has a long list of churches and religious buildings that are combined with typical Andalusian squares, archaeological sites and unbeatable views of the fertile plains of the Antequera region.
In the heart of the quiet region of Guadalteba, in the province of Malaga, stands this beautiful municipality of important historical value.
Its medieval past tells us of a town of great strategic importance in the Reconquest, bordering the Kingdom of Granada. The Castle that dominates the municipality, its manor houses and the small palaces that we can find in its streets are a good example of this legacy. A unique historical episode led Teba to twin with the Scottish municipality of Melrose.
In Teba you cannot miss the Castillo de la Estrella (Star Castle), the Archaeological Museum, the Church of the Santa Cruz, the Convent of San Francisco, the hermitages of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno and Nuestra Señora del Carmen, among others.
It is a municipality of ancient Mediterranean civilization, belonging to the province of Malaga, halfway between the sea and the interior lands, 40 km from the capital.
Alora has a great historical and artistic heritage, highlighting its Arab castle, declared a national monument, the church of the Incarnation, the Municipal Museum “Rafael Leria”, the convent of the Virgen de las Flores, the chapel of the Veracruz and the Monument to the singing by the Malagueña.
The “Desfiladero de los Gaitanes” is of great scenic value, it is a canyon with more than 100 meters high surrounded by a Natural Park of the same name, 2,016 hectares with spectacular rock formations that are a meeting point for climbing lovers.
It is commonly called the Museum Village, thanks to the large amount of artwork you can find in its streets. The town is located in the heart of the Genal Valley, is a charming village where you will enjoy white houses and narrow and steep streets.
Genalguacil has a lot to see and one of them is the Fernando Centeno Museum of Contemporary Art. If you are a botany enthusiast, you are in luck because thanks to its landscape you will be able to see chestnut trees, Spanish firs and cork oaks.
Ojén is a typical mountain village, but it has a totally coastal climate as it is very close to Marbella and the Mediterranean. This town is surrounded by the Sierras Blanca and Alpujata. But this village is not only nature, which also, since here you can find one of the most particular music festivals of the whole region, the Ojeando. This festival is a series of open-air concerts throughout the town that will delight all those who decide to attend.