• Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
    Arcos de la Frontera

White Hill Towns

The Route of the White Hill Towns (Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos), Andalucía's charm bracelet of cute villages perched in the sierras, gives you wonderfully untouched Spanish culture. Spend a night in the romantic queen of the white towns, Arcos de la Frontera. Farther east, the larger town of Ronda stuns visitors with its breathtaking setting — straddling a gorge that thrusts deep into the Andalusian bedrock. Smaller hill towns, such as Zahara and Grazalema, offer plenty of beauty.

At a Glance

▲▲▲ Ronda Midsize town dramatically overhanging a deep gorge, and home to Spain's oldest bullring, with nearby prehistoric paintings at Pileta Cave.

▲▲ Arcos de la Frontera Queen of the White Hill Towns, with a romantic, cliff-perched old town that meanders down to a vibrant modern center; well-suited as a home base.

▲ Jerez de la Frontera Proud equestrian mecca and birthplace of sherry, offering plenty of opportunities to enjoy both in its relatively urban setting.

Zahara de la Sierra Tiny whitewashed village scenically set between a rocky Moorish castle and a turquoise lake.

Grazalema Bright-white town nestled in the green hills of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park.

Medina Sidonia Perfectly scenic white town worth at least a quick stop for anyone driving between Arcos and Tarifa.

Vijer de la Frontera Gleaming hilltop village with a Moroccan flair and within easy reach of Spain's southern coast.