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21 most beautiful white villages and towns in Andalusia, Spain

Discover the most beautiful white villages and the most unique scenic towns in Andalusia! We spent more than two months driving around the South of Spain and exploring all the best and most beautiful places it had to offer. So here is the result!

In this blog post, you will find all the most beautiful white villages (‘Pueblos Blancos’ ) in Spanish) and the most unique towns in Andalusia with descriptions, photos, and locations where they can be found on Google Maps.

I am pretty sure we visited the most iconic and most unique places in Andalusia here. Each of the whitewashed villages and unique towns has something special about it that is worth checking out. Happy exploring!

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1. Ronda – the town with the iconic bridge!

Best photo spots of Puente Nuevo bridge in Ronda, Spain

Ronda is one of the most iconic towns and one of the most famous places in Andalusia and in Spain. With the spectacular Puente Nuevo bridge over the deep El Tajo gorge it is a landmark place for any visitor to Spain.

Taking a photo of the famous bridge is a must-do thing in Ronda. Find the best photo spots of the iconic Puente Nuevo bridge in Ronda here! Other must-visit places in Ronda include the Arab baths, Plaza de Toros, and Jardines de Cuenca among others.

Hidden gems and unique things to see in Ronda, Spain
Arab baths in Ronda
Hidden gems and unique things to see in Ronda, Spain
Water mines at La Casa del Rey

One of my favorite places to visit and a true hidden gem in Ronda was La Casa del Rey Moro. It is a historical site that includes the house, the garden, and a secret water mine where you can descend through a tunnel into the El Tajo gorge right by the river!

Location: Famous Puente Nuevo bridge in Ronda

2. Setenil de las Bodegas – the secret cave village!

Setenil de las Bodegas Instagram spots - best photo places of the most beautiful and unique spots in the Andalusian village
Setenil de las Bodegas – the cave village of Andalusia!

It would be hard to find a more unique place than Setenil de las Bodegas village! The most iconic thing about the village is that people here still live in cave houses and work at shops and cafés built under rocks.

Setenil de las Bodegas Instagram spots - best photo places of the most beautiful and unique spots in the Andalusian village
Setenil de las Bodegas Instagram spots - best photo places of the most beautiful and unique spots in the Andalusian village

There are two main streets where you can walk on the street that is covered by cliffs – Cuevas de la Sombra street and Cuevas del Sol street. If anything, visit these two streets and sit in a restaurant under the rock to enjoy your experience to the fullest!

If you have more time, there are multiple beautiful photo spots in Setenil de las Bodegas with inspiring inscriptions on the walls as well as other bucket list things to do in Setenil de las Bodegas including shopping in the deepest cave in the village!

Location: Setenil de la Bodegas

3. Iznájar – the most flowerful village in Andalusia!

Iznajar village, Cordoba - things to do in the hidden flower village in the mountains of Andalusia, Spain
Iznajar village, Cordoba - things to do in the hidden flower village in the mountains of Andalusia

Iznájar is a small hilltop town in Córdoba province – a typical Andalusian mountaintop town with whitewashed houses and a castle on top. However, it has a secret right in the heart of it – Patio de las Comedias.

Iznajar village, Cordoba - things to do in the hidden flower village in the mountains of Andalusia
Iznajar village, Cordoba - things to do in the hidden flower village in the mountains of Andalusia

Patio de las Comedias in Iznájar is one of the most beautiful places in Andalusia for sure! It is a small square between buildings that is meticulously decorated with blue flower pots, plants, plates, colorful doors, tables, and chairs as well as a fountain.

Apart from the famous courtyard, there are a couple more things to do and places to see in Iznájar like the Santiago Apóstol church and Iznájar castle. My favorite places were the impressive viewpoints with stunning views you get from this hilltop town!

Location: Patio de las Comedias in Iznájar

4. Montefrío – the village with the most beautiful view!

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Montefrío

Montefrío – one of the villages with the best view in the world! Did you know that National Geographic made a list of villages with the best view in the world and Montefrío village in Granada province in Andalusia was one of them?

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Montefrío
Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Montefrío

There is a viewpoint named after National Geographic where you can see the exact view that has captured the world. The village is one of the hidden gems in Andalusia with its Iglesia de la Encarnacion being the only completely round church in Spain!

Location: Montefrío village seen from National Geographic viewpoint

5. Frigiliana – the charming whitewashed flower village!

Best Instagram spots of the most beautiful places in Frigiliana village, Spain
Best Instagram spots of the most beautiful places in Frigiliana village, Spain

Frigiliana is considered one of the most beautiful whitewashed villages in Andalusia, Spain. With narrow cobblestone streets, houses, and stairs decorated with flowerpots and plants, this is a charming destination in the South of Spain.

Best Instagram spots of the most beautiful places in Frigiliana village, Spain
Best Instagram spots of the most beautiful places in Frigiliana village, Spain

We spent 3 fantastic days exploring the historic center of Frigiliana. The village has unbeatable views and it is one of my favorite places in Andalusia! Check out the best places to visit in Frigiliana and the most beautiful photo spots in this charming village!

Location: Frigiliana

6. Nerja – the town of Europe’s balcony!

Best Instagram spots of the most beautiful places in Nerja, Spain
View from the Balcony of Europe

Nerja is a charming whitewashed coastal town filled with beautiful photo spots in the famous Costa del Sol area in Spain. It is a 50-minute drive away from Malaga and offers authentic Andalusian experiences in a relaxed atmosphere.

Best Instagram spots of the most beautiful places in Nerja, Spain
Aqueduct Eagle
Best Instagram spots of the most beautiful places in Nerja, Spain
Nerja cave

We spent five days exploring everything Nerja had to offer. The best things to do in Nerja include visiting the famous Nerja caves, admiring the impressive Aqueduct Eagle, and, of course, standing on the scenic Balcony of Europe!

Location: Balcony of Europe in Nerja

7. Marbella – the most beautiful Old Town in Andalusia!

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Marbella Old Town
Calle Carmen street
Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Marbella Old Town
Marbella sign above Calle Nueva street

Marbella is one of the most famous whitewashed towns in Andalusia and also one of the most beautiful ones. Although it has grown to be quite a big city, the Marbella Old Town is still the same authentic Andalusian town with flower pots and narrow streets!

If you are looking for those Southern vibes in a typical Southern town with white houses, winding cobblestone streets, flower bushes, and plants everywhere, then paying a visit to Marbella is a must.

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Marbella Old Town
Colorful doors in Marbella Old Town
Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Marbella Old Town
Santo Cristo de Marbella chapel

We spent a couple of days exploring Marbella Old Town. Some of the best places to visit in Marbella include the Plaza de los Naranjos square, Calle Carmen street – one of the most beautiful streets in Marbella, and the Santo Cristo de Marbella chapel.

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Marbella Old Town
Calle del Príncipe street
Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Marbella Old Town
Calle Caballeros street

Enjoying tapas at El Boqueron or MIA CAFE – Tapas & Bar is definitely amongst the best things to do in Marbella! There are many beautiful spots around Marbella Old Town and countless photo-perfect corners everywhere you look!

Location: Marbella Old Town

8. Olvera – the town with the most picturesque views!

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Olvera
Olvera – the town with the most picturesque views!

Featuring some jaw-dropping views Olvera is one of the most beautiful towns in Andalusia with some unmatched picturesque views! It sits on a hilltop with a church and castle standing high above the rest of the town.

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Olvera
Calle Calzada street
Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Olvera
The landscape of Olvera

Must-do things in Olvera whitewashed town include exploring the Historic Center of the town and climbing up Calle Calzada street to the scenic Iglesia Mayor Parroquial hilltop church. The best place to visit – Olvera Castle with the most incredible views!

Location: Olvera

9. Soportújar – village of witches and magic!

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Soportújar
Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Soportújar

Soportújar village deep into the Sierra Nevada mountains is one of the most beautiful and unique villages in Andalusia! It is the village of witches and magic because the narrow streets are filled with magical creatures from famous fairytales.

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Soportújar
Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Soportújar

The most iconic places here are the Baba Yaga house on chicken legs, the witches’ house from Hansel and Gretel, and the fountain of the dragon. This village feels like a big playground for kids and adults alike. One of my favorite hidden gems in Andalusia!

Location: Soportújar

10. Júzcar – the blue Smurf village of Andalusia!

Juzcar, Malaga - best things to do and places to see in the blue Smurf village in Andalusia, Spain
Juzcar, Malaga - best things to do and places to see in the blue Smurf village in Andalusia, Spain

No, this is not a whitewashed village anymore! But it was one! The Smurf village Júzcar is now Spain’s bluest village when it was all painted blue for the marketing purposes of The Smurfs movie! After the movie came out locals decided to keep it blue.

Because of its unusual color, Júzcar now is one of the most unique and beautiful villages in Andalusia. It has this really bright blue color that now attracts a lot of tourists to Júzcar – the main reason locals wanted to keep the color and not go back to white.

Juzcar, Malaga - best things to do and places to see in the blue Smurf village in Andalusia, Spain
Juzcar, Malaga - best things to do and places to see in the blue Smurf village in Andalusia, Spain

Some of the best things to do in Júzcar include walking around the narrow streets of the village, finding all the street art paintings on the walls, buying Smurf souvenirs, riding the zipline over the village, and, of course, finding where is Papa Smurf!

Location: Júzcar – the Smurf village (Pueblo Pitufo)

11. Vícar – the most colorful village in Andalusia!

Vicar village, Almeria - things to do in the most colorful village in Andalusia, Spain
The most colorful village in Andalusia – Vícar!

Vícar village in Almería province in Spain is a true hidden gem in Andalusia! This tiny village at the foothills of the Sierra de Gador mountains is probably the most colorful village in the South of Spain!

Vicar village, Almeria - things to do in the most colorful village in Andalusia, Spain
Vicar village, Almeria - things to do in the most colorful village in Andalusia, Spain

The best things to do in Vícar include visiting Plaza del Cerrillo square, finding the rainbow stairs, checking out Church-Fortress of San Benito, and walking up to the Mirador de Vícar scenic bench.

Vicar village, Almeria - things to do in the most colorful village in Andalusia, Spain
There are multiple scenic benches around Vícar

The most colorful streets in Vicar that are full of street art paintings and colorful decorations are Calle Granero Street, Calle Real which is my personal favorite, and Calle Iglesia. This is one of the most beautiful whitewashed villages in Andalusia!

Location: Vícar

12. Arcos de la Frontera – the most scenic town!

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Arcos de la Frontera

Although there are many villages in Andalusia built upon a cliff or a hill, Arcos de la Frontera is somewhat on another level! Standing on the very cliffside on a massive towering cliff this village has some of the most outstanding views!

Plus, there is a scenic river flowing around the village’s cliff from three sides making it one of the most inaccessible villages in Andalusia. Of course, it is easier nowadays with bridges and paved streets, but you still have to climb to get to the best spots.

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Arcos de la Frontera
Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Arcos de la Frontera

The best places to see in the Arcos de la Frontera include Iglesia de San Pedro church, the photo-perfect Bésame en este Arco white arch, cliffside viewpoints Mirador de Abades and Mirador Plaza del Cabildo, and Basílica de Santa María de la Asunción.

Location: Arcos de la Frontera

13. Tarifa – the most Southern point of Europe!

Best things to do and see in Tarifa, Spain
Best Instagram spots and best things to do in Tarifa, Spain

Tarifa is amongst the most unique towns in Spain and there is a special reason – it is the Southernmost point in not only Spain but in the whole of Europe. It makes this one of the bucket list places to visit in Spain and in Andalusia!

Best Instagram spots and best things to do in Tarifa, Spain

Tarifa is one of the most popular destinations for wind sports enthusiasts – it gets as windy as can be! But my favorite thing to do in Tarifa was walking the border between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

Best Instagram spots and best things to do in Tarifa, Spain
Best Instagram spots and best things to do in Tarifa, Spain

Other places of interest and the best things to do in Tarifa include visiting the impressive Castillo de Guzman el Bueno castle, spotting the mountains of Africa at El Mirador de Africa viewpoint, and getting lost in the streets of the Old Town.

Location: Tarifa

14. Zahara de la Sierra – the iconic hilltop village!

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Zahara de la Sierra

Zahara de la Sierra is definitely amongst the most beautiful and scenic villages in Andalusia. The whitewashed village is located on a hillside with a castle on top of a massive rock. It makes this one of the most picturesque villages for sure!

I recommend taking a walk through the narrow streets of the village, checking out some of the many viewpoints the village has, and visiting the castle on top of the rock. The village is located next to a beautiful man-made lake.

Location: Viewpoint of Zahara de la Sierra

15. Osuna – a village with the most beautiful street!

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Osuna
Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Osuna

If you are into architecture then visiting Osuna is a must! Osuna features the best preserved historic center in Andalusia and Calle San Pedro de Osuna street which is considered the most beautiful street in Spain in terms of architecture.

Calle San Pedro de Osuna Street is said to be like an open-air museum of architecture. There are numerous well-preserved centuries-old Baroque facades lined within a short distance which makes it easy to visit.

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Osuna
Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Osuna

There is another unique spot in Osuna – the ‘little Egypt in Spain’ or the old stone mine quarry. It definitely looks like the tombs of the Egyptian rulers! This place is open to visitors and you can visit the mines for an entrance fee. Check their working hours!

Location: Calle San Pedro de OsunaEl Coto Las Canteras

16. Guadix – the hidden cave house town!

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Guadix
Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Guadix

Guadix is a town near Granada with a unique secret – the town has a cave house neighborhood! There is an area in the town where people live in cave houses. If you check the photos you can easily see the white tall chimneys coming out of the ground.

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Guadix
View from Mirador del Cerro de la Bala

The ground here made it easy to create holes and build houses inside them. There are some cave houses that have been turned into hotels. Mirador Padre Poveda viewpoint is a great spot to go to see the neighborhood from above.

Location: Cave house neighborhood in GuadixMirador Padre Poveda viewpoint

17. La Calahorra – foothill of the Sierra Nevada mountains!

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - La Calahorra

La Calahorra is a tiny village in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The iconic village has a hill next to it with a unique castle on top. There is also a statue of Clint Eastwood to mark the numerous movies that have been filmed in the area.

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - La Calahorra
Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - La Calahorra

The Sierra Nevada mountain background makes this village one of the most scenic ones for sure. And you can easily see every house in the village if you hike up to the top of the castle hill. The 16th-century castle is pretty impressive too, by the way!

Location: Calahorra CastleStatue of Clint Eastwood

18. Mojácar – the whitewashed pearl of Almería!

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Mojácar
Mojácar village from above
Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Mojácar
La Puerta de la Ciudad gate

Probably the most beautiful whitewashed village in Almería province is this one – Mojácar. Sitting on the side of a hill Mojácar is a typical Andalusian village with narrow cobblestone streets, whitewashed houses, flower bushes, and stone arches.

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Mojácar
Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Mojácar

I recommend walking around the Old Town, visiting the best viewpoints with views over the Mediterranean Sea, checking out Iglesia de Santa María church and Plaza del Parterre square next to it – it is lined with stone columns and arches. Very charming!

Location: Mojácar

19. Villaluenga del Rosario – village inside the valley!

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Villaluenga del Rosario

With a population of less than 500 people, Villaluenga del Rosario is a tiny but very scenic village in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park right down the Navazo Alto mountain. It doesn’t get more authentic than this!

There is a beautiful viewpoint – Mirador Villaluenga del Rosario – right in the heart of the village where you can climb up to see the village from above. The village has a unique cemetery built inside the ruins of a church destroyed by Napoleon’s troops.

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Villaluenga del Rosario
Villaluenga del Rosario cemetery

Besides the unique cemetery which is considered to be one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Spain, there is another reason to go to Villaluenga del Rosario. This village is the home of the Payoyo cheese!

Payoyo cheese is only made from the milk of goats and sheep that graze in Villaluenga del Rosario and other areas of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park! The Payoyo cheese has received many prestigious awards and is considered a Spanish delicacy.

Location: Villaluenga del RosarioMirador Villaluenga del RosarioCemetery

20. Grazalema – the rocky village in a high valley!

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Grazalema

Grazalema village is located in a high valley at 812 meters above sea level and offers some of the most picturesque views with the rugged limestone mountains surrounding it. If you happen to be in the area, definitely stop by!

Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Grazalema

The village is a popular base for visitors to the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park where you can go hiking. We made a short stop and hiked up to the Mirador del Santo viewpoint to see the village and the mountains in the background from above!

Location: GrazalemaMirador del Santo viewpoint

21. Ojén – the village with a cave view!

Most beautiful white villages in Andalusia, Spain - Ojén
Most beautiful whitewashed villages and unique towns in Andalusia, Spain - Ojén

Ojén is a whitewashed village that sits in the mountains behind Marbella. What makes this village unique are caves. There is a mountain right next to the village with multiple caves. Some are lower, some are high up in the cliff.

The best one is the highest. You can reach it by climbing stairs up the mountain that will lead you right to the cave. The cave has a column and benches to sit on and take in the view over the village. Stop by if you happen to be in the area!

Location: Cuevas de Ojén

Happy exploring!

Andalusia, the Southern region of Spain, is a one-of-a-kind place. It offers the perfect mix of history, architecture, vibrant cities, quiet hidden villages, unique nature, scenic hikes as well as sandy beaches and the perfectly blue water of the Mediterranean Sea.

We spent almost 3 months discovering everything Andalusia had to offer starting from world-famous places like Alhambra, we went underground inside Nerja cave, hanged in the air at the Caminito del Rey hike, and picked up our jaws when we saw Ronda bridge.

I hope you enjoy your time in Andalusia as much as we did! And I hope you will get some inspiration from my blog to make your trip even more adventurous, fun, exciting, and unforgettable! Andalusia is definitely worth it!

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2 Comments

  1. Thank you for creating such a extensive and well laid out blog.

    We are going to Malaga for Christmas and then want to spend a few days in Cadiz . We prefer the smaller places .

    We rely on the bus service so I would like to know , if we leave Cadiz it is better to go to Arcos de Frontera or Olvera for some nature snd walking .

    Thank you for your help . We have done Ronda and loved it .
    We also have done 3 trips to Granada and Córdoba and Seville do a white washed villiage sounds great . Also my husband loves nice hotels and Arcos de Frontera has a beautiful hotel rated 9.8 .

    Let me know your thought

    Thank you once again

    May Page

    1. Hello, May! Thank you very much for your kind words! It seems that you have explored Andalusia quite a bit! 🙂 As for Olvera or Arcos de la Frontera – if I had a chance, I would go back to either of those places. Both are beautiful and scenic! But it sounds like you are already leaning towards going to Arcos de la Frontera 🙂

      I would just like to mention that Arcos de la Frontera has grown as a town so remember to pay attention where the hotel is located. Only a small part of the town (Old Town) sits on that gorgeous clifftop, so make sure you book a well-situated hotel where you can actually walk around on foot and explore beautiful places. Streets there are pretty steep but at least you will get beautiful sunsets from the many viewpoints on that clifftop!

      Marta

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