From small charming white towns to spectacular natural sites – in Andalusia, you’ll find beautiful spots at every step. So far we’ve spent almost 4 months there. During that time we had an opportunity to visit quite a large part of this beautiful region, and got to know it pretty well. Today we’ll show you our subjective ranking of the most beautiful white towns in Andalusia, which charmed us and stayed in our memories. Add them to your Spain bucket list – you won’t regret it.
- Few words about Andalusia
- 8 Most Beautiful White Towns Of Andalusia, Spain
- White towns on Costa del Sol in Andalusia
- White towns on Costa de la Luz in Andalusia
- Summing up of 8 Most Beautiful White Towns Of Andalusia, Spain
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Few words about Andalusia
Andalusia is located in the south of the Iberian Peninsula. It is the only European region with both the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean coastlines. It’s the second-largest community in Spain and the most populous one. The capital city of Andalusia is the famous and charming Seville. Over the years the region was settled and influenced by civilizations like the Iberians, Phoenicians, Romans or Moors. An interesting fact is that during the Islamic times, Cordoba surpassed Constantinople to be Europe’s biggest city. Also, Andalusia is the region where famous flamenco and bullfights were born. Ok, let’s go and explore the most beautiful pueblos blancos in Andalusia, Spain.
8 Most Beautiful White Towns Of Andalusia, Spain
Andalusia is so big that is has not one but two costs – Costa del Sol and Costa and Costa de la Luz. Let’s start with beautiful white towns in the Costa del Sol.
White towns on Costa del Sol in Andalusia
Costa del Sol, which can be translated as Coast of the Sun is a region in the south of Spain in the autonomous community of Andalusia. It stretches from Nerja in the east to La Línea de la Concepción in the west. The total length of the coastline is around 150 kilometers. Not that long ago, only small fishing villages were there, and now Costa del Sol is one of the most popular touristic destinations in Spain.
Estepona is a charming hidden gem in Andalusia, often overlooked in favor of other cities on Costa del Sol. In the 60s, so not that long ago, it was only a little fishing village and since then it developed into one of the biggest cities in the area. Luckily the white old town kept its charm, and strolling along its streets feels like stepping back several dozens of years back. In our opinion, it’s one of the prettiest old towns in Spain. The newest part of Estepona is well-known for its colorful murals adorning many buildings. Currently, there are about 60 murals, and you can see them all by following the Ruta de los Murales Artísticos.
Learn more: One Day In Estepona. What To See? Complete Itinerary
Ronda is one of the oldest towns in Spain. It was first inhabited by the Celts in the 6th century BC, and later by the Romans and Moors. In the 1st century AD, it was declared a city by Julius Caesar. Ronda is located on higher terrain, at 739 m a.s.l, and offers breathtaking views of the surroundings. Town’s most characteristic and most famous landmark is The Puente Nuevo bridge. It connects the old town with its modern part, and which took the lives of 50 people during its construction. Currently, Ronda is one of the most visited white towns in Andalusia.
Learn more: What To See In Ronda In One Day? Complete Guide
Many have heard about Benalmadena Costa, a very popular holiday resort, but not that many know about Benalmadena Pueblo, the second part of the town located a little further inland. Benalmadena Pueblo retained the authenticity of a typical Andalusian village to this day. It’s full of narrow streets, and whitewashed houses decorated with colorful flowers. The town is most famous for Castillo de Colomares – a building that looks like a fairy-tale castle but in reality, it’s a monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus and his discovery of America. The most fascinating fact is that it was built by only 3 people!
Learn more: 7 Best Things To See In Benalmádena Pueblo, Spain
Frigiliana is a very charming little pueblo blanco located at 320 m a.s.l, squeezed between the Mediterranean Sea and Parque Natural de Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama. It is one of the best-preserved villages in the whole province of Malaga and has a typical Mediterranean vibe. While walking in the picturesque labyrinth of cobblestoned streets and whitewashed houses it’s very easy to understand why the Spanish Tourism Board named Frigiliana the most beautiful village in Andalusia.
Learn more: Frigiliana, The Most Beautiful Village In Andalusia
Mijas Pueblo without a doubt is one of the most beautiful white towns, pueblos blancos, Costa del Sol can offer. It’s a typical charming Andalusian village located at the altitude of 430 m a.s.l, at the foot of Sierra de Mijas mountain range. The village is packed with a maze of narrow cobbled streets, lots of charming corners, and whitewashed houses decorated with colorful flower pots. From the Mijas Pueblo you can admire stunning views over the Costa del Sol.
Learn more: 10 Best Things To Do In Mijas Pueblo, Spain
White towns on Costa de la Luz in Andalusia
Costa de la Luz, the Coast of Light, is a second part of the Andalusian coast, facing the Atlantic Ocean. The coastline of about 200km extends from Tarifa located in the south, where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, through the province of Cádiz and Huelva, up to the mouth of the Guadiana River. Costa de la Luz can be proud of its stunning landscapes dominated by sandy beaches, charming white villages, and… strong winds perfect for practicing water sports like kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Vejer de la Frontera
Vejer de la Frontera is one of the finest and well-preserved examples of white towns that you can find in Andalusia. Town sits on a small hill, at the altitude of 200m a.s.l, and like many typical Andalusian white villages is full of narrow cobbled streets with whitewashed houses decorated with colorful flowers. According to the association of Los Pueblos Más Bonitos de España Vejer de la Frontera is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.
Learn more: 15 Best Things To Do In Vejer De La Frontera, Spain
Cádiz is a charming and quaint city full of history and spectacular views. It’s definitely one of the most enjoyable cities in the whole of Andalusia. It’s located on a narrow slice of land, surrounded on all sides by the Atlantic Ocean. Cadiz is one of the oldest, and most continuously inhabited cities in Western Europe, first settled by the Phoenicians 3000 years ago, in 1100 BC. Later, Romans settled there and built an impressive city. Over the years Cadiz was one of the most important ports in Europe and also was a starting point for Christopher Columbus’s travels.
Learn more: What To Do In Cádiz, Spain In One Day? Complete Travel Guide
Tarifa is the southernmost point of Spain, and mainland Europe, and lies right across Morocco, in a place where the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea meet. Thanks to strong, constant winds Tarifa is called Europe’s capital of the wind, and hence is one of the world’s most popular destinations for water sports, like kitesurfing or windsurfing, where thousands of water sports enthusiasts come every year. Town also boasts a charming old town with a typical Andalusian vibe, with whitewashed houses, narrow streets, corners, and squares.
Learn more: What To Do In Tarifa, Spain? Complete Travel Guide
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Summing up of 8 Most Beautiful White Towns Of Andalusia, Spain
There are many beautiful white towns, pueblos blancos, in Andalusia, but these eight we remembered exceptionally well and warmly. We hope you’ll like them as well. And if you want more white towns in Andalusia you can also check places like Antequera, Nerja, Torrox, or Marbella.