The White Towns of Andalusia are a series of towns in southern Spain, mostly within Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. All of the villages are characterized by whitewashed walls and red or brown tiled roofs.
Some say that these villages paint the white houses (pueblos blancos) white to ward off the intense summer heat that affects mainly the towns along the Sierra de Grazalema. Whitewashed houses are an ancient custom in the Mediterranean. The darkest houses and those with bad circulation had to be whitewashed by painters who had survived the bubonic plague. The lime mixed with water produces a high heat that can kill any microorganism. Therefore, people living in cities with houses “whitewashed” ended up escaping more disease than those who did not.
Today times have changed, but the tradition is still alive with houses being re-painted (whitewashed) after a period of time. Some Pueblos Blancos can be painted without having to pay taxes.
- What Will You DoTour options:
Medina Sidonia & Vejer de la Frontera
Arcos de la Frontera & Zahara de la Sierra
Grazalema, Villaluenga del Rosario & Ubrique
- What To ExpectSmall group ensures personal service
Ideal choice for families
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Private guide for a more personalized experience
Perfect for all ages and skill level
- What Is IncludedPick up from Hotels in: Cádiz, Jerez and El Puerto de Santa María.
You can request pick up at Chiclana, Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Rota with an extra fee.
Tour to the chosen White Villages
Civil liability and accident insurance
- What Is Not IncludedMeals
Expenses not specified above