White Towns of Andalusia

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Typical house in the province of Granada.

The White Towns of Andalusia, or Pueblos Blancos, are a series of towns and large villages in the northern part of the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga in southern Spain, mostly within the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park.

All of the villages are characterised by whitewashed walls and red or brown tiled roofs.


The area has been settled since prehistoric times, and some of the local caves have ancient rock paintings. The towns were previously inhabited during Al Andalus, as is evident from many of the names.

The reasons for the white color has been postulated to be a chemical result of the limestone used, or a political mandate by a 20th-century dictator.


The climate is mild and the surrounding countryside is green and pleasant. Tourist activities available include hiking, rock-climbing, pot-holing, cycling, horseback riding, and just ambling about, enjoying nature and the local food.


The main towns, villages and other interesting places to visit include: