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The Sierra of Grazalema has beautiful landscapes to visit. The so-called "Route of the Pueblos Blancos", comprises of a large number of villages that are characterized by their white washed houses.

 

 

  • Grazalema:

This is a very ancient Village which dates back to Celtic times but the Arabs were the ones with the greatest impact on the environment, leaving a huge architectural heritage, a water driven handcraft industry, livestock and literature. To begin to know it trace the Water Route, which runs through the village. Of note is the octagonal plan and drum cupola of the Church of Our Lady of Aurora. The Parish Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation is of Mudejar origin but was rebuilt in the eighteenth century, following its partial destruction during the War of Independence and the Civil War. The Town Hall is also on the main square.

 

 

                       

 

 

  • Arcos de la Frontera:

 Arcos de la Frontera is one of the most beautiful villages in Andalucia and Spain. Perched on a high cliff overlooking the river Guadalete it is the capital of, and entrance to, the Route of the Pueblos Blancos. A Historical-Artistic monument, it offers traditional Andalucian architecture of Arabic origin and a maze of whitewashed streets to get lost in and discover unimaginable corners.

 

 

  • El Gastor:

The local mountain is Tajo de Algarín, 1,068 mts. The town of El Gastor, is known for the beauty of its streets and alleys, stepped up the feet of the Tajo de Algarin. This location gives the area a panoramic view of the Sierra while also offering views of the village nestled on a wooded mountain. The beautiful harmony of El Gastor captivates visitors. San José church, completed in 1747, is its most outstanding monument.

 

 

  • Ubrique:

This industrious town straddles a river of the same name. Ubrique is known worldwide for the manufacture of all kinds of leather goods, which are protected by the DO. of Ubrique. Although today there are all types of articles , the traditional ones, that made the town famous, are the snuff box, the tinderbox and the Livestock Briefcase,(to keep documents related to the livestock in).

 

  • Prado del Rey:

Founded by Carlos III in 1768, it is the best example of an Illustration plan for Population, agrarian and urban reform in Lower Andalucia. It is known for its leather, carpentry, honey and artificial stone industries. To the south are the ruins of the ancient Iptuci. Worth visiting is the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmen.

 

  • Ronda, the jewel of Andalucian architecture and heart of the Serrania def Ronda invites the traveler to stay a while. You can visit the Cave of the Pileta, a true relic of Andalucian prehistoric art and numerous megalithic monuments such as the Dolmen de Chopo. Of special interest is the Roman city of Acinipo, with its remains of a theatre and amphitheatre. Landmarks like the Old Bridge, perfectly preserved, the Arab Baths and the Casa de Mondragón, a mansion once inhabited by the Catholic Monarchs, makes Ronda a must to visit. Other monuments of note are the Plaza de Toros, a highly original neoclassical arena, and the New Bridge, which crosses the impressive 100mtr abysm called the "Tajo".                                               

 

   

 

  • Zahara:

At 511 mts above the Sierra del Jaral, overlooking the Guadalete Valley, crowned by the Tower of Homage, a silent witness of its time as a fortress on the Nazari frontier, it has several awards for its beauty and its unique architecture.

  • Benaocaz

Located in the northwest of the province of Cadiz at 793 mts, between the Sierra Alta and the Caillo and bordered to the north by Grazalema, to the south by Ubrique, to the east by Villaluenga del Rosario and to the west by El Bosque, the entire township is included in the Natural Park of Sierra de Grazalema. Nearby archaeological remains are a witness to Benaocaz’s prehistoric origins. The present town was founded by the Arabs in 716AD.
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  • El Bosque:

Entrance to Grazalema Natural Park and surrounded by mountains, it is one of the most beautiful parts of Spain. The traveler will enjoy its streets lined with orange trees and balconies full of flowers.

  • Espera.  An old town with a Moorish castle and the church of Santa Maria de Gracia.
  • Villaluenga del Rosario:

Located in the northwest of the province of Cadiz, at almost 1,000 mts, it is the highest village in the province. This area had a major role in history because it was occupied by the Muslims from 716AD to 1485AD, when Don Rodrigo Ponce de Leon, Marquis of Cadiz and the Duke of Arcos de la Frontera, took it from the Arabs  and was thus granted the Lordship of the "Serrania de Villaluenga" by the Catholic Monarchs.
                    

  • Bornos boasts the Fontanal and Rivera Castles, Santo Domingo de Guzman Church and the Corpus Christi Convent.
  • Villamartín is an agricultural town, which boasts of the San Francisco, de las Angustias y de las Virtudes Church; the Topete Palace and on the Prado del Rey road the ruins of the Parajete castle.       
  • Algodonales with its olive groves and vegetable gardens at the foot of the Sierra de Líjar boasts of the Baroque church of Santa Ana with a high tower and the Gate of Forgiveness. At 4 km towards Alguacil are the Roman ruins of "Iptuci".
  • Olvera, a town amongst wooded hills, with a well-preserved Arabic tower; the Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation and at 2 km towards Ronda the baroque sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies.
  • Setenil de las Bodegas has Troglodyte houses in the rocks along the gorge. It boasts of a Keep Tower and the Church of the Incarnation.
  • Atajate is a town of prehistoric origins and boasts of an Arabic Tower.
  • Benadalid has the oldest castle in the region.
  • Algatocín boasts of Roman ruins.
  • Gaucín boasts beautiful panoramic views, ruins of a castle, a baroque church in the convent and a Renaissance church.

                   

  • Casares. An excursion to this village founded by the Romans dating from the time of Julius Caesar is interesting. The village is of Moorish style and boasting the remains of a castle, the Church of the Incarnation and St. Sebastian and an archaeological site.
  • .Jimena de la Frontera is located in the beautiful Alcornocales, (Cork tree), Natural Park, at the foot of a castle. Of note is the restored Gothic De la Misericordia church, the Reina de Los Angeles Sanctuary and the nearby Laja Alta Cave.
  • Benaoján boasts of the "La Pileta" and the "Gato" caves with their traces of Palaeolithic man.
  • Montejaque. In the nearby “Cave of Hundidera” the Guadares river disappears only to reappear in the "Gato " cave near Benaoján.

 

  • Jimera de Líbar boasts  a Roman-arabic castle.
  • Castellar de la Frontera.XIIIth century Moorish fortress town with panoramic views of the African continent.

 

 

           

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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