Main traditionally built houses in the south of Spain (Andalucia) are painted whie, with calcium carbonate (Es: Cal). This has meant that some towns sit in contrast to the the hillsides and create wondeful . We can ask oursleves whether the aesthetic beauty of these towns create a more harmonious existence or whether it is the Spanish mind . The town are organic in character, built with local materials.
Walking through these town on a winter´s evening with the smell of chimney smoke from toastie homes Ancient streets
Even as recently as the and there is a lot left of
Prices are very good value in some towns and villages, as they have seen depopulation due to people moving to the cities in searhc of work.
Things to conssider when choosing a village
Expat population – Whilst many of us carry in our heads an idealised version of the world, some people dive in too deep and purchase a property where there are no other natives from their own country. The Expat network even in lesser populated and less popular areas. You will meet likeminded people who have moved to “Real Spain”.
Locals – Villages have their own collective psyche, a zeitgest and some are welcoming to new comers from other parts of Spain and foreigners. It´s important to get a feel for the town or village.
Parking ‘ In some villages this is a real issue and it may mean having to regularly
Distance from the airport
Climate ¡ Some of the pueblos blancos are situated in some of the hottest parts of the country. It’s a dry scorching heat.
The state of the property and access to local builders. If the property is in a bad state who is going to fix it up ? How far are you from the builder´s merchants?
What’s the access like ? Is there space to put building materials and a skip ? Properties on narrow or pedestrian streets can create problems, not only with parking
The main towns, villages and other interesting places to visit include:
|Casares||Málaga||picture postcard perfect white village with panoramic views to Gibraltar and Mount Abyla in North Africa. Birthplace of Blas Infante|
|Zahara de la Sierra – next to a reservoir – typical Cádiz town|
|Mijas Pueblo – Burro Taxi, Old Cathedral – typical Spanish white village|
|Garganta Verde and Ermita de la Garganta – caves with stalactites and stalagmites|
Puerto de las Palomas – splendid views
|Grazalema – one of the main towns|
Villaluenga del Rosario – highest of the White Towns and one of the prettiest
|Benaocaz – an Arab town with remains of a fortress|
|Ubrique – largest of the White Towns|
|Benamahoma – contains the Fuente de Nacimiento of Majaceite river|
|El Bosque – trout fishing and hang gliding from here|
|Prado del Rey – a more modern village|
|Puerto Serrano – nice quiet town|
|Algodonales – 16th-century town with some Roman ruins|
|El Gastor – Balcón de los Pueblos Blancos with an interesting church|
|Setenil de las Bodegas – village built into the rocks – Arab fortress|
|Alcalá del Valle – pretty town – megalithic standing stones nearby|
|Torre Alhaquime – good holiday village|
|Olvera – main town of the area|
|Arcos de la Frontera – perched on a cliff – Baroque churches|
|Algar – up a mountain road|
|Espera – panoramic views|
|Bornos and Villamartín – reservoir, Roman ruins|
|Vejer de la Frontera|
|Frigiliana – musk wine and olive oil
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